Accession Number ADA564715
Title Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting Textile Composites for Aerospace Applications.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 10p
Personal Author K. Pipe M. Shtein P. Peumans
Abstract The overall goal of the project was to design and demonstrate fiber- based energy harvesting devices that can convert light and heat to electricity, and be integrated into air vehicle structures. Specifically, in Year 1, we set out to design and demonstrate photovoltaic and thermoelectric devices on polymer fibers. In Years 2 and 3, we sought to improve the performance of individual energy converting fibers, as well as to develop models and device architectures that would produce significant gains when many fibers are aggregated. We have successfully demonstrated thermoelectric (TE) and photovoltaic (PV) fibers achieved substantial improvements in the power conversion efficiency, and developed and validated robust, predictive models for both OPV and TE fibers. Additionally, we developed optics-based approaches to tuning the sensitivity bands of photodetectors, and improving light in- coupling in solar cells and photodetectors. Encouraged by these advances, we have begun the design and construction of a novel apparatus for reel-to-reel coating and encapsulation of active devices on fibers, financed in large part by an AFOSR DURIP grant. We are also actively exploring options for creating a start-up company specializing in multi-functional, energy conversion devices based on the technology developed during this project.
Keywords Aerospace systems
Energy harvesting
Fibers
Photovoltaic effect
Solar system
Textiles
Thermoelectricity


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 97O - Miscellaneous Energy Conversion & Storage
Corporate Author Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. 1 Jan 2007-1 Sep 2008.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number FA9550-06-1-0399

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