Development of a novel, prototype thermovoltaic energy device

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Industry partner

PhosEnergy

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Research organisation

University of South Australia

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Manufacturing investment

$314,420
($61,668 IMCRC)
for 2021-22

Generating power from waste heat sources

Challenge

PhosEnergy has recently developed a unique beta-voltaic technology using ‘unique electrode-semiconductor arrangements’ that has the potential to effectively capture and convert waste radiant heat to electrons. Opening up new commercial opportunities, PhosEnergy seeks to determine the suitability of the technology as wast heat recovery device.

Proposed Solution

In collaboration with the University of South Australia (UniSA), PhosEnergy will develop a thermovoltaic device that will convert infrared energy from waste heat sources into electricity.

Over the next months, researchers at UniSA’s Future Industry Institute will advance PhosEnergy beta-voltaic technology and build a set of robust prototypes. Utilising UniSA’s advanced coating and process technologies, they will also determine processes and capability that will allow PhosEnergy to manufacture and evaluate thermovoltaic prototypes for different industry applications.

With the support of the project, PhosEnergy aims to establish local advance manufacturing capacity for thermovoltaic technology in Australia.