Combined Source Micro Power Plants for Wireless Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-04ER86202
Award Id:
67039
Agency Tracking Number:
76213B04-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
101 Industrial Boulevard, Airport Industrial Park, Turners Falls, MA, 01376
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
William Jeffries
Dr.
(413) 863-0200
wqj@yesinc.com
Business Contact:
Mark Beaubien
Mr.
(413) 863-0200
mcb@yesinc.com
Research Institution:
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Carol Sprague
Goodell Building
Room 408
Amherst, MA, 01003
(413) 545-0698
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
76213-The intelligent control of residential and commercial heating, cooling, and lighting, as well as industrial processes, could save huge amounts of energy. Because information must be gathered from dispersed locations, small, easy to install, self-powered, wireless sensors will be needed to make the measurements. This project will develop micro power plants that scavenge microwatt levels of energy from its environment, convert it to electrical power that can be stored for use, and deliver current to its sensor at the proper voltage. Practical implementation will depend on the ability to collect energy from a variety of sources, perform efficient conversions, increase reliability, and reduce storage needs. In Phase I, sources of ambient power will be identified and characterized for residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Power capturing techniques will be studied and developed. Finally, synergistic power combinations will be identified for practical micro power plants. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Applications for self-powered, wireless sensors are expected to include: (1) heating, ventilating, and cooling systems, (as room sensors for balancing and monitoring heating systems, thereby replacing wired thermostats; and (2) industrial process control systems, as easily installed add-ons for monitoring operations.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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