Non-conventional energy harvesters/power sources to provide power in remote locations for 10+ years

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Application Deadline
3/12/2018 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

  • Energy harvesting and high energy battery systems are both growing industries as equipment powered off grid or remotely becomes more prevalent because it is not convenient or cost effective to connect to mains power.

  • Rechargeable battery energy densities are at best 800 Wh/L and lifetimes are typically less than 10 years. The addition of energy harvesters can benefit battery systems by extending the interval of servicing and/or provide trickle charging, this is particularly advantageous in remote locations that are difficult to access. The largest market within energy harvesters is currently solar power; there are also other options such as piezoelectric or thermoelectric systems. However, some locations are not conducive to solar power (limited light exposure), nor vibration or heat harvesting.More traditional fuel based generators or high-tech fuel cells can offer higher energy densities, but these often require regular maintenance and are big and bulky.

  • The subject of this topic is the research and development of a miniaturized energy harvester, fuel cell or an alternative high energy density power source that can operate regardless of worldwide location and if applicable has a wide ambient harvesting range. The power source would be expected to continue to function for 10+ years with little maintenance, and continue to function regardless of a change in environmental conditions.


Example Approaches:

Research could include, but is not limited to:

  • Robust energy harvesters that function over a wide range of ambientconditions, sustaining continuous ~ 1 mW power for 10+ years with little or no maintenance.

  • Demonstration of equivalent battery energy density of 575 Wh/L over 10 years and 1150 Wh/L over 20 years.

  • High energy density fuels with miniaturized fuel cells (150 c).

  • Electrochemical conversion systems using redox flow mechanics or naturally occurringbiological products.

  • Direct conversion of high energy particles (safety would be critical to such a proposal).


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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