Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) generation of electricity from flame heat
Source: DOE SBIR
Date: 10/23/96    Record No.: 10382
Contact: Lewis M. Fraas, 206-392-5237

Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) generation of electricity from flame heat
TPV device with their own patented emitter and cells. Original technology licensed from Boeing. Claiming advantage over competitors. "Mini-cogen" - devices at 2, 50, and 150 watt elec --"wall heater" Their approach to the market is arguable.

(Following text prepared by the company for the Dawnbreaker DOE Commercialization Opportunity Forum," Washington, DC, 10/8-9/96, for small businesses that have received DOE SBIR funding, and who are seeking investors, business partners, or customers.)

"Using its infrared-sensitive photovoltaic cells coupled with a fuel-fired emitter, this company fabricates Midnight SunĘ cogenerators of electricity and heat. These cost-effective units feature quiet, reliable, efficient, and clean operation. With a strong patent position, military contracts, and an operating cell manufacturing facility, the company is positioned to capture a large share of the emerging market for remote and mobile cogeneration. Homes off the electric grid are targeted first, with a five year plan to take the company public and enter the much broader on-grid residential market. Investors are sought to rapidly scale up manufacturing capabilities; of particular interest are utilities pursuing growth in unregulated operations and furnace manufacturers considering self-powered heating systems."

JX Crystals, Inc.
Dr. Lewis M. Fraas, President
Issaquah, WA 98027

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