Nanotube-Enhanced Bulk TE Nanocomposite for High-Efficiency Waste Heat Recovery for Electricity Generation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER86379
Award Id:
90375
Agency Tracking Number:
90251
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3300 Westminster Ave., Santa Ana, CA, 92703
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112614594
Principal Investigator:
Timothy Lin
Dr
(714) 554-5511
timlin@aegistech.net
Business Contact:
Bob Liui
Mr
(714) 265-1238
bobliu@aegistech.net
Research Institution:
State University of New York
Jiye Fang
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY, 13902 6000
(607) 777-2517
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
There is a pressing need to develop high-conversion-efficiency thermoelectric (TE) generators for cost-effective industrial waste heat recovery. The key to the development of such high-efficiency TE systems is the development of a TE material with a high ZT value. An opportunity exists to develop a novel, low-cost, bulk nanotube-enhanced nanocomposite to achieve this goal. This project will (1) develop a cost-effective scalable approach to the fabrication of large dimension (bulk) nanotubes (e.g., the Bi2Te3-enhanced nanocomposite, Bi2Te3-Sb2Te3) with high-ZT value, providing a material basis for the production of high power TE devices and systems; and (2) design, demonstrate, and characterize the TE generator module using the synthesized nanocomposite. Phase I will include both material characterization and TE prototyping, in order to identify the related technical issues that govern the fabrication and performance of this novel high-ZT bulk nanocomposite and the resultant TE modules. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: High-ZT TE materials should enable the production of high-power, high efficiency TE generators that can be used for industrial waste heat recovery, leading to an increase in energy efficiency and a simultaneous reduction in the unfavorable emissions. The technology also should find use in a variety of high-efficiency cooling applications, including space cooling in buildings and vehicles, and refrigeration for residential, commercial, and industrial applications

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