Compact 10 kW TEG APU Using Exhausted Gas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0696
Agency Tracking Number: A032-2585
Amount: $924,797.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-239
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
2591 Clyde Ave., Suite 3, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 051655103
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Pickrell
 (814) 861-4160
Business Contact
 Susan Pickrell
Title: Manager of Administration
Phone: (814) 861-4160
Research Institution
In this Phase II program, an innovative 10 kW thermoelectric generator (TEG) using high temperature exhaust gas (from a Stryker vehicle) will be constructed based on results from the Phase I program. Analysis shows that more than 90 % of the total heat transfer resistance is at the gas heat exchangers attached to the hot and cold junctions of the TEG modules. The major innovation offered in this program is to use a unique method to stack thermoelectric modules between layers of high performance heat transfer surfaces resulting in a highly compact design that meets the specified size requirements. Also, the enhanced heat transfer surface will reduce the aerodynamic noise and weight of the system. To achieve the desired power generation rate, a number of TEG modules and heat exchangers will be stacked. This requires efficient flow distribution of the exhaust gas and the ambient air through the stacks. In Phase II, two 10 kW systems will be designed, constructed and tested. The system will be refined to minimize noise, size, and weight.

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