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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85906
Agency Tracking Number: 94112
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 03 b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
1180 La Eda Lane, Fort Collins, CO, 80526
DUNS: 809071538
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Casey Farnell
 Dr.
 (970) 581-2239
 casey.farnell@plasmacontrols.com
Business Contact
 Casey Farnell
Title: Dr.
Phone: (970) 581-2239
Email: 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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