LOW TEMPERATURE THERMIONIC CONVERTERS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
25620
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Horner-richardson
 (717) 569-6551
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The following proposal describes a conceptual thermionic converter configuration and operating mode which, if successfully developed could provide 12-15% efficiwent thermionic energy conversion at cathode temperatures below 1500K. The concept builds on experimental work done in the United States on "Hybrid-mode" converters, and on improvements made in the Former Soviet Union which demonstrated greater than 12% conversion efficiency at cathode temperatures less than 1500K. The proposed thermionic converter concept makes use of electrical insulation to separate, or "split", different sections of the cathode or anode to better optimize the characteristics of hybrid-mode thermionic converters. These "split" electrodes", when combined with previously demonstrated hybrid-mode thermionic operation provide the potential for practical, low temperature thermionic energy conversion for commercial and military electric power generation.

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