A Thin-film Thermoelectric Generator will be Developed Using a Novel Manufacturing Approach

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85906
Agency Tracking Number:
94112
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
03 b
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Plasma Controls, Llc
1180 La Eda Lane, Fort Collins, CO, 80526
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
809071538
Principal Investigator:
Casey Farnell
Dr.
(970) 581-2239
casey.farnell@plasmacontrols.com
Business Contact:
Casey Farnell
Dr.
(970) 581-2239
casey.farnell@plasmacontrols.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Department of Energy is interested in increasing the performance and cost-effectiveness of thermoelectric generator modules intended for waste heat recovery systems. Although high-efficiency small-scale thermoelectric generators have been demonstrated in the laboratory, scaling to production-level devices has proven difficult. A team of researchers from Plasma Controls and Colorado State University will develop a thin-film superlattice thermoelectric generator module, appropriate for waste heat recovery applications, using a novel manufacturing approach. The module will have high efficiency, through a high thermoelectric figure of merit, and use low-cost materials appropriate for large-scale manufacturing. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The thermoelectric generator module is primarily intended for waste heat recovery in small-scale, less than 2 MW, engines. These include engines used in distributed power generation, pipeline pumping stations, long-haul trucks, marine vessels, locomotives, and lighter duty vehicles among others. A waste heat recovery system utilizing both thermoelectric generator modules and an organic Rankine cycle has the potential to increase power production efficiency by ten percent or more.

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