CORVALLIS, OR—Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc. (Perpetua) today announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and demonstrate a thermoelectric generator solution that is capable of powering wireless sensors by harvesting available energy from body heat.
The project will make use of Perpetua’s innovative Flexible Thermoelectric Film™ technology to yield higher voltages and power from small active areas. End devices will be in wearable form factors that can be integrated into textiles, harnesses, helmets and other emergency first responder gear for powering autonomous low-power wireless transceivers.
“This award underscores the strength and credibility of the Perpetua team, our unique thermoelectric technology, as well as the importance of our work to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” said Nicholas Fowler, Perpetua’s CEO. “The widespread use of wireless sensors is being hindered by battery replacement issues and our team continues to innovate to bring solutions to market.”
Market applications include safety diagnostic systems for emergency first responders, situational awareness for incident commanders, along with related medical and military applications.
About Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc.
Perpetua is dedicated to offering high quality, cost-effective, and easy-to-use power source products that last as long as the electronics they power. By extending the life of batteries and in some cases replacing batteries altogether, Perpetua’s products enable wireless sensor users to collect more data over time and offer more opportunities to operate autonomously in diverse environments.