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HEATER SEMINAR SERIES: Dr. Terry Hendricks, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

“Thermal Electric Generator Energy Harvesting Research at NASA-JPL – Where We Are Now & Where Can We Go”
When Apr 20, 2016
from 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Where McMaster University, JHE A114 - Webcast link below
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Contact Phone 416-978-7267
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Energy harvesting technologies surround our daily lives today.  Piezoelectrics in our shoes; thermoelectrics (TE) in the ground, industry, automobiles, and spacecraft; concentrated solar solar thermal systems to power our homes and industries are prevalent as never before.  New thinking about local and regional power system architectures in future cities and regional communities are creating new power system challenges and opportunities utilizing waste heat recovery as part of integrated, cohesive power and energy architectures. This presentation and discussion will examine use or potential use of thermoelectric energy harvesting systems for proposed NASA deep-space missions to Europa, Titan, and Enceladus and beyond; proposed NASA planetary missions to Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter; and Earth-based applications in automotive and industrial processing energy harvesting.  These different mission concepts have widely varying thermal and solar flux environments; with temperatures ranging from >873 K in radioisotope-driven systems (temperatures similar to industrial processing systems) to <100 K in deep-space environments (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto); and solar fluxes ranging from >2600 W/m2 outside the Venus atmosphere to 50 W/m2 near Jupiter.  The solar / radioisotope power application tradeoff drives power system decisions in various spacecraft missions and the solar flux available ultimately dictates the range of environments our thermoelectric systems must accommodate and survive.  New TE materials are also being developed at smaller length-scales and with new nano-composite materials (Ni/La3Te4, Ca9Zn4.6Sb9, and NiSb2Sn) to support next-generation energy harvesting opportunities.  The state-of-the-art technical challenges, analytic and experimental work in TE materials and designs, and current accomplishments in thermoelectric research at NASA-JPL will be discussed.  This discussion will draw the connection and show the differences between current spacecraft applications from Mars to deep space and terrestrial applications in automotive and industrial processing waste heat recovery.


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Dr. Hendricks is currently a Technical Group Supervisor, an ASME Fellow, and IEEE Senior Member in the Power and Sensor Systems Section, Autonomous Systems Division at NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, responsible for managing projects to develop radioisotope power systems, spacecraft power systems, hybrid solar power systems, thermal management and thermal energy storage systems. He was previously Senior Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA and Corvallis, OR, and Field Program Manager and the Power & Propulsion Task Leader in the Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr. Hendricks received his Ph.D. and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas @ Austin and Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics from the University of Massachusetts @ Lowell. He has over 35 years of professional experience and expertise in thermal & fluid systems, energy conversion and energy storage systems, terrestrial and spacecraft power systems, micro electro-mechanical systems, and project management. His extensive expertise is cited in the Journals of Electronic Materials; Materials Research; Heat Transfer; Thermophysics and Heat Transfer; International Heat & Mass Transfer; CRC Press Handbook entitled Modules, Systems, and Applications in Thermoelectrics, edited by D.M. Rowe, (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group); Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, 5th Edition, Howell, Siegel, and Menguc, (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group), Handbook of Heat Transfer, 3rd Edition, Rohsenow, Hartnett, Cho, (McGraw-Hill), and Principles of Heat Transfer in Porous Media, 2nd Edition, Kaviany, (Springer-Verlag). He was awarded a NASA Group Achievement Award in July 2015, the ASME Columbia Basin Engineer of the Year Award in February 2009 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Midwest Research Institute / Battelle Memorial Institute Chairman's Award in October 2003 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of California and Texas. 

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