Wearable Thermoelectric Generators for First Responders

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$825,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
D10PC20013
Award Id:
90012
Agency Tracking Number:
0921055
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB09.2-008
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4314 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR, 97333
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
828810197
Principal Investigator:
MarshallField
(503) 922-3169
mbf@perpetuapower.com
Business Contact:
NicholasFowler
(503) 922-3169
nff@perpetuapower.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract

The human body is a near perfect energy generator. Demand for energy harvesting innovation, along with technology advances in thin film thermoelectric generators and highly efficient DC/DC boost circuitry now place wearable thermoelectric power harvesting within reach.

The objective of Perpetua`s Phase II proposal is to deliver an energy harvesting system for first responder applications powered by the human body. Building on Perpetua`s successful demonstration of wearable thermoelectric generators in Phase I, this proposal combines advances in wearable thermoelectric generators, power electronics, ultra low power transceivers, and physiological sensors integrated into a first responder jacket. In collaboration with emergency response personnel, Perpetua will field test the developed jackets.

Building on several decades of experience with thermoelectric generators, system design and product integration, Perpetua will architect modular systems for wearable body energy harvesting. Perpetua`s creative approach with best-in-class technology overcomes the traditional obstacles that have prevented energy harvesting from the human body to produce adequate voltage and usable power.

 

 

Wearable human body thermoelectric generators promise power solutions for autonomous self-powered sensors reducing the weight, size, and limited life of primary battery power. Long life and small dimensions are particularly important and advantageous for sensor systems for the first responders.

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