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Posted: Sep 17, 2010
Marlow Industries Awarded $3.9 Million DARPA Contract for Advanced Thermoelectric Materials and Device Construction
(Nanowerk News) Marlow Industries today announced the award of a $3.9 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the development of new thermoelectric materials and active cooling modules. The advancements in thermoelectric materials and devices will enable Department of Defense (DOD) thermal management systems to operate at lower temperatures with higher performance and longer lifetime.
The materials in development by Marlow Industries will extend the present state of the art by utilizing a unique Colloidal Nanocrystal (ICN) synthesis to produce high performance nanocomposite thermoelectric materials. When combined with Marlow Industries' leading thermoelectric modeling and device assembly capabilities, the advancement will revolutionize thermoelectric cooling and impact a vast array of commercial and military applications.
The Active Cooling Module program will extend over 24 months culminating in a design to meet or exceed the DARPA program goals. Follow-on contracts are anticipated to apply this technology to specific military applications. Marlow Industries will lead an accomplished team of academic and commercial partners to fulfill the program goals, including: Evident Technologies (Troy NY), the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
"The impact of this program will result in significant advances for thermoelectric material design and device construction that will disrupt the current industry standard and enable improvements across the board," said Barry Nickerson, Marlow Industries general manager. "We are pleased to work with DARPA and our partners on this landmark achievement in thermal management technology."