Two-Stage Thermionic Converter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
18113
Agency Tracking Number:
18113
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 327, La Jolla, CA, 92038
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Gary O. Fitzpatrick
(619) 455-4310
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Recent advances enable thermionic converters to achieve energy conversion efficiencies of up to 30%. Advanced Energy Technology will explore this technology for nuclear space power. High efficiency means that more power can be obtained with a smaller system radiator; this reduces spacecraft mass and increases manueverability, as well as improved packaging. Our converter is inherently survivable against laser and nuclear threats - in fact, it can continue to operate and produce power at elevated heat sink temperatures. Its modular for survivability against pellet threats. This device uses SAVTEC close-spaced thermionic converter technology and barium-cesium thermionic converter technology. High efficiency is achieved by an optimized two-stage configuration. Potential uses of the conversion technology with non-nuclear heat sources are more efficient terrestial commercial power plants and cogeneration of electricity in industry.

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