High Performance Nanoscale Thermoelectric Generator for UAVs

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