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Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance
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Award/Contract
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Abstract

H-SB09.2-008
Wearable Energy to Power and Operate Responder Tools (Wearable EPORT)

N10PC20031 0921055
(FY09.2 Phase I)
WEARABLE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc.
4314 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333-1070

11/01/2009
to
05/15/2010
$100,000.00

This SBIR Phase I will model and physically demonstrate wearable, small factor, and lightweight thermoelectric generator prototypes powered by human body heat. The project will make use of Perpetua`s novel Flexible Thermoelectric Film technology to yield higher voltages and power from small active areas. End devices will be in wearable form factors, including a flexible button array that can be integrated into textiles, harnesses, helmets, and other gear. Challenges to overcome center around thermal optimization specific to the unique conditions of wearables. Phase I prototypes will power autonomous low power wireless transceivers. No commercially viable wearable thermoelectric energy harvesting system has ever been brought to market due to the counteracting difficulties of achieving a small form factor while still providing sufficient voltage to power a wireless transceiver. The resulting renewable thermoelectric generators will reduce and in some cases eliminate the need for battery replacements. Market applications include safety diagnostic systems for emergency responders, situational awareness for Incident Commanders, along with related medical and military applications.

H-SB09.2-008
Wearable Energy to Power and Operate Responder Tools (Wearable EPORT)

D10PC20013 0922009
(FY09.2 Phase II)
WEARABLE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc.
4314 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333-1070

10/01/2010
to
04/15/2013
$825,000.00

The human body is a near perfect energy generator. Demand for energy harvesting innovation, along with technology advances in thin film thermoelectric generators and highly efficient DC/DC boost circuitry now place wearable thermoelectric power harvesting within reach. The objective of Perpetua`s Phase II proposal is to deliver an energy harvesting system for first responder applications powered by the human body. Building on Perpetua`s successful demonstration of wearable thermoelectric generators in Phase I, this proposal combines advances in wearable thermoelectric generators, power electronics, ultra low power transceivers, and physiological sensors integrated into a first responder jacket. In collaboration with emergency response personnel, Perpetua will field test the developed jackets. Building on several decades of experience with thermoelectric generators, system design and product integration, Perpetua will architect modular systems for wearable body energy harvesting. Perpetua`s creative approach with best-in-class technology overcomes the traditional obstacles that have prevented energy harvesting from the human body to produce adequate voltage and usable power. Wearable human body thermoelectric generators promise power solutions for autonomous self-powered sensors reducing the weight, size, and limited life of primary battery power. Long life and small dimensions are particularly important and advantageous for sensor systems for the first responder.