NASA STTR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 T3.01-9691
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Energy Harvesting Technology Development
PROPOSAL TITLE: High-Efficiency, Nanowire Based Thermoelectric Tapes for Waste Heat Recovery

NAME: Structured Materials Industries, Inc. NAME: UCSC-OSP
STREET: 201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103 STREET: 1156 High St
CITY: Piscataway CITY: Santa Cruz
STATE/ZIP: NJ  20878 - 3723 STATE/ZIP: CA  95064 - 1077
PHONE: (732) 302-9274 PHONE: (831) 459-2778

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nick Sbrockey
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103
Piscataway, NJ 08854 - 3723
(732) 302-9274

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gary S Tompa
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103
Piscataway, NJ 08854 - 3723
(732) 302-9274

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Energy Harvesting Technology Development is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Thermoelectric devices offer a simple and reliable means to convert radioisotope thermal energy into useable electrical power.
Present thermoelectric devices based on bulk materials are limited by low conversion efficiencies, due to fundamental limitation of identifying materials with both a high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity. Nanowires provides a means to circumvent this limitation, and achieve combinations of properties not possible with bulk materials. To accomplish this task, SMI will demonstrate the formation of nanocomposite structures in a SiGe matrix by gas flow hollow cathode (GFHC) sputtering creating high ZT for the GFHC sputter deposited solid state nanocomposite thermoelectric materials. The potential for high deposition rate, and thick films for the solid state nanocomposite materials, on a range of substrates, by GFHC sputtering will be investigated and demonstated, along with a pathway forward to development of a high efficiency TE power conversion system prototype in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA Applications:
Reliable power for long duration missions.
Compact, light weight, high efficiency.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercial Applications:
Renewable energy production (solar thermal, geothermal, nuclear and radio isotope).
Waste heat recovery.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Manufacturing Methods
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Sources (Renewable, Nonrenewable)

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