|Date:||11/1/95 Record No.: 10272|
|Contact:||Ed Beardsworth, 415-328-5670|
AMTEC (alkali metal thermal-to-electric conversion)
AMTEC has been under development by NASA Lewis for a long time. With a sealed unit as small as a D-cell, or much larger, a startup company says it's ready for bonafide commercial applications, starting with remote power generation (replacing less efficient thermoelectric units). Put them in a gas furnace, and homes could stay warm in spite of blizzard-caused power outages.