Thermoelectric Systems for High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Vehicle Waste Heat Recovery

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,954.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER86536
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
88154
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
06f
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road, Hanover, NH, 03755-3116
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Michael Barton
Dr.
(603) 640-2476
mdb@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Berry
Dr.
(603) 640-2487
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
RTI International

3040 East Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC, 27709-
() -
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
An enormous amount of energy from burning hydrocarbon fuels is wasted as heat in vehicle exhaust gas. The goal of this project is to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce fuel consumption by converting some of this heat into electric power. We will develop a solid state thermoelectric generator (TEG) that can efficiently produce electric power from high-temperature exhaust heat. The approach is to combine innovative, efficient heat exchangers with novel, high-efficiency thermoelectric materials to provide highly reliable power generation at low cost. Commercial Application and Other Benefits The thermoelectric generating system will improve fuel efficiency when installed in the exhaust systems of cars, trucks, and buses, with particular benefits to hybrid electric vehicles. Benefits include greater fuel economy, reduced CO2 emissions, and less dependence on foreign fuel sources.

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