Efficient Power Production With Thermoelectric Generating Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-2134
Agency Tracking Number: O102-EP7-1049
Amount: $99,740.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-EP7
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
 mgi@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) offer the potential for simple and efficient conversion of heat directly to electricity. However, efficient power conversion systems that incorporate TEGs present an engineering challenge, requiring an overall system design that balances critical trade-offs between TEG performance requirements, thermal management, combustion efficiency, and power conditioning. We propose to develop an innovative power conversion system using a TEG to convert heat from a primary fuel source to electricity. The system will combine state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials with advanced technologies for efficient thermal management, combustion, and power conditioning. In Phase I we will prove the feasibility of our approach by developing an overall system model that includes all critical processes, then selecting system parameters that will optimize the system for maximum overall efficiency. Proof-of-concept tests will demonstrate operation of critical thermal management and combustion technologies. In Phase II we will build, test, and deliver a complete 100 We TEG power system.

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