Energy Harvester Powered Wireless Sensors for Extreme Temperature Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85768
Agency Tracking Number: 95491
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: 23 b
Solitcitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
Kcf Technologies, Inc.
112 West Foster Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
Duns: 005051219
Hubzone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jacob Loverich
 Dr.
 (814) 867-4097
 loverich@kcftech.com
Business Contact
 Jeremy Frank
Title: Dr.
Phone: (814) 867-4097
Email: jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Application of wireless sensors in industrial markets is generally more technically challenging due to the need for a higher level of robustness and tolerance to harsh environmental conditions. Although numerous wireless sensor products exist for industrial wireless sensing, powering the sensors and their use in high temperature environments remain key technical limiters for broad industrial market applicability. This proposal is concerned with addressing key issues that limit large scale deployment of wireless sensors in power plants and other industrial environments. This problem is addressed by using: 1) temperature control of electronics in high temperature environments, 2) high temperature tolerance of thermal and vibration energy harvesters, 3) conditioning and reliably supplying voltage to wireless sensors, and 4) energy harvester mechanical robustness. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Scavenging energy to power these wireless sensors will reduce total lifecycle costs by eliminating the need for a battery change. The lifecycle costs can be slashed by decreasing the mean time between attentions (MTBA) to each sensor. The benefits of these technologies are further enhanced by insertion in high temperature environments.

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