Embedded Metal Nanoparticles for Efficient Thermoelectric Power Generation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,969.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0257
Award Id:
82718
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-086-0843
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4160 Market St., Suite 6, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Michael MacDougal
Vice-President of Engineering
(805) 642-4645
macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jonathan Geske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Aerius Photonics proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of high output power thick film generator modules using nanoparticle-embedded materials that are amenable to production using bulk crystal-growth methods. These nanoparticles provide benefits similar to superlattices, such as increasing the Seebeck coefficient and decreasing the thermal conductivity, but with the major advantage being that they are transferrable to bulk crystal growth. Aerius Photonics proposes to make thermoelectric power generators using hybrid elements of two materials, one of which is the nanoparticle embedded material and the other being a conventional thermoelectric material, Bi2Te3 . The combination of the two materials provides the superior performance at room temperature of Bi2Te3 with the superior performance at high temperature of the nanoparticle embedded material. Using bulk materials allows the stack to take full advantage of the temperature drop across the module and combine to make a cost-effective, high efficiency module.

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