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CAREER: Ambient Thermal Energy Harvesting for Power Production

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In an attempt to accommodate future energy source requirements, as well as contribute to the education of graduate and undergraduate students, the researcher`s objective for this project is to revive interest in methods of thermal energy scavenging. By conducting research on and designing a novel thermodynamic system capable of low-grade thermal energy harvesting, it may be possible for this method of energy transformation to become a viable source of power to meet future demands. The investigators will attempt to design a low-temperature boiler and superheater with highly conductive capillary boiler channels designed to scavenge thermal energy from solar sources, thermal energy produced as a by-product of mechanical operation and other sources. This research would also provide graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to participate in competitive energy-based activities in a program referred to as the Career Development Plan. 

Principal Investigator:  Weiss, Leland  --  Mechanical Engineering
Funding Agencies:  NSF
Amount Awarded:  406,000

Start Period:  08/01/2011 End Period:  07/31/2016
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