Grant: $149,958 - Department of Energy - Aug. 1, 2009
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Award Description: The principal objective of the proposed program is to develop and experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of a new thermal interface for high-concentration Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) systems with low thermal resistance and reliability that meets or exceeds relevant standards. The end goal is to reduce cell operating temperature at a given solar concentration factor and thereby improve cell operating efficiency. The proposed program will further define the thermal management requirements for various CPV system designs, perform systematic thermomechanical modeling to design and optimize the new interface, and fabricate and test multiple generations of pre-prototype hardware with improved performance. The project aims to achieve low thermal resistance while maintaining acceptable reliability. We anticipate that competition between the two goals to be the main risk of the proposed work. To mitigate the risk, we will construct and test our first generation of thermal interfaces at the very beginning of our program to identify potential issues early on and systematically address them in succeeding generations. Combined modeling and experimental work will be performed throughout the program to allow systematic and time-efficient optimization of our proposed interfaces.
Project Description: During the first month of the program, the subcontract with UCLA was signed. UCLA has started work to fabricate the new thermal interface on copper substrates. ACT has started thermomechanical modeling to identify designs that provide the optimal balance between thermal interface resistance and thermomechanical stress.
Jobs Summary: The contract came in on 8/24/09 so work did not begin until then. There were less than 40 hours put on the contract for this quarter. Jobs that will be retained in the future include: Principal Engineer - This person is scheduled to work less than 25% on this program. Support Engineer - Scheduled to work 25% on this program. Laboratory Technician - Scheduled to work 50% on this program. Equivalent jobs retained = 1 (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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|University of California, Los Angeles||$50,000||LOS ANGELES||CA|