High Performance Nanoscale Thermoelectric Generator for UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,613.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0145
Agency Tracking Number:
N103-208-0709
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N103-208
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Justin Hill
PI/Chemical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
jhill@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
CFO
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Advancement of thermoelectric (TE) technology has been a major research area for over a century, yet most compositional materials research has not produced TEs with a figure of merit (zT) greater than unity. New methods of enhancing TE efficiency are needed and have been realized through structural alteration of TE materials. Modifying this approach, Mainstream aims to achieve zT Y 4 for high efficiency TE generators. Further refinement of Mainstreams innovative and low-cost approach could lead to even higher zT values and greater efficiencies. In Phase I, Mainstream will test its TE devices at operating temperatures of 135 F and 300 F. Phase II will include further testing at 400 F in a laboratory bench test and perform any needed redesigns. In preparation for transition to military and commercial platforms, Mainstream will also concurrently develop aircraft interfaces and system level integration.

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