High Performance Nanoscale Thermoelectric Generators for UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$660,361.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0218
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N103-208-0709
Solicitation Topic Code:
N103-208
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator
 Justin Hill
 Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
 jhill@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: CFO
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: 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 has achieved as high as a 5-fold increase in the effective performance of thermoelectric materials during Phase I. Maintaining this improvement within a full-scale thermoelectric device will lead to at least a 2.5-fold increase in power conversion efficiency. During Phase II, Mainstream will demonstrate ultra-high efficiency TE power generation with an overall system weight that is less than 1.5 kg/kW (3.3 lbs/kW). Mainstream will also demonstrate the observed enhancement with moderate- and high- temperature thermoelectric materials as well as develop circuit- and system- level manufacturing methods for the high efficiency TE generator. Further refinement of Mainstream"s innovative and low-cost approach will lead to even higher zT values and greater efficiencies. In preparation for transition to military and commercial platforms, Mainstream will also concurrently develop aircraft interfaces and system level integration.

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