Self-Contained Heat Exchanging Thermoelectric Energy Source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,998.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00167-11-P-0398
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-060-0138
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-060
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Bock
Director, Intelligent Wir
(310) 320-3088
ITProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To address the Navy"s need for high-efficiency thermoelectric power generators, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Self-Contained Heat Exchanging Thermoelectric Energy Source (SCHETES). This proposed device is based on electrically conductive silicon-nanostructures embedded within a high-temperature matrix for high-efficiency conversion of heat to electrical energy (expected ZT of>1.5) within a high-efficiency heat exchanger. The innovation in silicon-nanostructures will enable the system to provide up to 700 W of electrical energy in a package 10 in. x 10 in. x 5 in., weighing only 7.65 lb, which is capable of burning all types of logistic fuels and handling the high temperatures by using materials with high melting points. As a result, SCHETES offers a large amount of electrical energy in a small package with low weight and provides selectable output voltages of 12 V or 24 V, which directly address the Navy"s requirements for supplemental power for weapon systems. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of SCHETES by simulation and design, as well as a Phase I proof-of-concept prototype. In Phase II, POC"s plans include prototype development and performance validation, with a final report incorporating analysis and recommendations for transition to Phase III.

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