Heat-pipe Embedded Foam Exhaust Recovery System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: A121-016-1087
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-016
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA, -
DUNS: 126288336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Lu
 Research Engineer
 (717) 295-6822
Business Contact
 Heather Wenzel
Title: Accountant
Phone: (717) 295-6092
Email: Heather.Wenzel@1-act.com
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop an advanced thermoelectric generator (TEG) that will improve the overall efficiency of 100-kW class generator sets (gensets). Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) proposes a novel thermoelectric generation system to convert exhaust heat into useful electrical energy. The current exhaust recovery systems operate in the low-temperature range (less than 150 degrees C) and are poorly designed in three aspects: 1) heat extraction; 2) heat conversion; and 3) heat removal. The propose technology will address these shortcomings with innovative heat transfer components and packaging design. To improve device efficiency, multiple thermal barriers are removed from the thermoelectric junctions. For integration, the proposed FoHM-TEG concept will provide robust and efficient power conversion in a small package that can fit into slightly modified genset enclosures. These measures will allow the proposed design to improve the overall genset efficiencies by 2.6%.

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