MTPV’s first generation energy engine, built using photovoltaic technology, is at the leading edge of semiconductor based waste heat recovery technology. This solution is best suited for temperatures above 600°C. We are excited about the prospect for efficient energy recovery at lower temperatures and are developing new technologies to accomplish this goal.
Our second-generation energy engine, currently under development, exploits a fundamentally different phenomenon – Quantum Coupled Energy (QCE). The advances we have already made in Microelectromechanical systems, Energy Physics, and Thermal Technology to deliver the EBLADE™ Power Platform are all harnessed in the QCE energy engine design.
Core QCE Principles
A Quantum Coupled Energy engine harnesses the very high energy transfer rates provided by charged carriers (such as energized electrons) which are coupled between the hot side and the cold side of the QCE device across a sub-micron sized gap.
As the temperature of the emitter rises, the charged carriers on the hot side couple across the gap to un-energized carriers on the cold side, transferring energy from the hot side to the cold side without ever touching. The very high energy transfer rate of QCE enables power efficiency and energy densities which are unprecedented in solid state energy conversion technologies.
MTPV’s QCE based solutions will be optimized to operate at temperatures in the 100°C to 600°C range. This lower temperature range opens up a broad new range of applications for waste heat energy recovery and even primary power generation. With a vast array of consumer and industrial processes operating at these temperatures, uses including low and mid temperature industrial and chemical processes, engine exhausts, and many more are anticipated.
MTPV’s research team has been driving advances in solid state energy for more than a decade, partnering with leading research institutions worldwide to bring cutting edge concepts through to product development. We are currently in discussions with OEM and joint development partners, and strategic investors, regarding opportunities to collaborate on industry specific Quantum Coupled Energy solutions.