Nanoionic Thermoelectric Regeneration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90198
Agency Tracking Number: 96051
Amount: $149,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: 01 b
Solitcitation Number: DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, 90501-
Duns: 153865951
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Reznikov
 Mr.
 (310) 320-3088
 psproposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Mr.
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The DOEs Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking to support development of advanced thermoelectric (TE) technologies for waste heat recovery in buildings, industry, and vehicle applications to generate electricity efficiently and cost-competitively because these typically low temperature waste heat flows do not provide enough temperature difference to support conventional thermoelectric power generators. Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Nanoionic Thermoelectric Regeneration (NITER) technology based on the thermo diffusion of protons in the nano-porous structures. These materials are commercially available due to progress in fuel cell technology, where they are used as proton conductive membranes.Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: NITER modules can be used in the waste heat recovery applications due to their ability to recover and convert heat to electricity from large and complex areas. NITER applications fall into two categories:Energy recuperation in cases where surplus process heat is not currently recoverable using standard recuperative techniques.Bottoming cycles to extract and convert residual heat to electricity where another technology is used for primary power generation.

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