Thermal Conversion Device for Hydrothermal Vents

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,717.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0245
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-071-0813
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-071
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
1850 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
188955991
Principal Investigator:
Keith Scidmore
Senior Engineer
(207) 837-6175
keith_scidmore@mapcorp.com
Business Contact:
Peter MacShane
Administrator
(443) 524-3330
macs@mapcorp.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
One of the primary limitations of underwater sensors, unmanned underwater vehicles, and autonomous systems, especially in remote or deep locations, is the availability of energy. System endurance, speed, cost, and power for onboard systems can all benefit from the availability of in-situ power generation stations. Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) proposes to design a modular, solid-state thermoelectric generator (TEG), based on the Seebeck/Peltier effect using customized available components, to extract electrical power from high temperature geothermal vents in deep sea areas. This 20 kilowatt system and its deployment method will address exposure to corrosive liquids, simultaneous extremes in hot and cold, very high ambient pressures, fouling by solids precipitated from cooling liquid, abrasion by suspended particles, and encrustation by sulfur oxidizing bacteria and organisms attracted to the sulfur-oxidizing bacteria that make up the local vent ecosystem. Successful completion of the Phase I design will readily lead to the Phase II development of a brassboard prototype and the opportunity for commercialization of this product.

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