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Heat-pipe Embedded Foam Exhaust Recovery System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Cooling Technologies
1046 New Holland Ave. Lancaster, PA 17601-5606
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Heat-pipe Embedded Foam Exhaust Recovery System
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0053
Award Amount: $150,000.00


This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop an advanced thermoelectric generator (TEG) that will improve the overall efficiency of 100-kW class generator sets (gensets). Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) proposes a novel thermoelectric generation system to convert exhaust heat into useful electrical energy. The current exhaust recovery systems operate in the low-temperature range (less than 150 degrees C) and are poorly designed in three aspects: 1) heat extraction; 2) heat conversion; and 3) heat removal. The propose technology will address these shortcomings with innovative heat transfer components and packaging design. To improve device efficiency, multiple thermal barriers are removed from the thermoelectric junctions. For integration, the proposed FoHM-TEG concept will provide robust and efficient power conversion in a small package that can fit into slightly modified genset enclosures. These measures will allow the proposed design to improve the overall genset efficiencies by 2.6%.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Lu
Research Engineer
(717) 295-6822

Business Contact:

Heather Wenzel
(717) 295-6092
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Avenue Lancaster, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 571146896
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No