MicroPower Global Takes Its Place at STAR One
Texas State University’ first building at its new off-campus Science, Technology and Advanced Research Park, welcomes MicroPower Global.
MicroPower will have use of approximately 3,500 square feet of dedicated and shared space at the 20,000 square foot STAR One facility, with the potential to expand, including sufficient office and administrative space. This will enable the company to move seamlessly into early production at a facility specifically designed for its initial manufacturing needs.
While all of MicroPower’s production staff will be based at STAR One, the company will maintain a development team at the University’s Material Science faculty a few miles away to continue the enhancement of its thermoelectric chip technology at the same time as the production team work to fulfil early orders.
To complete the final product development phase successfully, MicroPower first partnered with Texas State University in 2009. This has enabled the company to accelerate the development and commercialization of its cutting-edge thermoelectric technology. The relationship now enters a new phase, with the outlook positive for both parties.
“Having spent three years working hard to complete the development work and build prototypes, the company is now entering an exciting phase, with demand for our energy conversion technology across a wide number of industries,” said Max Lewinsohn, MicroPower’s Chairman.
“We were attracted to the idea of occupying the STAR Park facility from day one,” he revealed. “It offers us the opportunity to move into an early production environment that perfectly matches our needs as an emerging clean technology company.”
“Texas State’s relationship with MicroPower is an outstanding example of how a university and a company can work together to the benefit of both,” added Bill Covington, Chief Research Officer for Texas State.
MicroPower Global Limited is a private company which has developed the next generation of thermoelectric devices for use in the areas of energy conservation, energy harvesting and refrigeration. The new MicroPower semiconductors (“chips”) can efficiently and cost-effectively convert heat, including waste heat, directly into electricity, leading to significant energy savings in a number of industrial and military applications.
A MicroPower chip combines standard thermoelectric and thermionic principles in a novel way to deliver breakthrough levels of efficiency. The original discovery was made in 2000 and good progress on developing the technology was made over a number of years before MicroPower acquired the IP in 2008 and the prospect of commercial products became a reality, with recent work enabling significantly greater efficiency, a broader temperature range and a low cost manufacturing process.
The ability to harvest heat at temperatures ranging from 200°C to 600°C will make MicroPower chips the new thermoelectric standard for waste heat recovery. The current thermoelectric market is relatively small at approximately $300 million annually but MicroPower will be able to open up already identified new global markets worth approximately $80 billion annually. Its cutting-edge technology has been patented internationally and independently verified.
MicroPower first formed a working partnership with Texas State University in 2009 to develop prototype chips at the university’s Multifunctional Materials Laboratory building in San Marcos. Commercial production of chips and the delivery of first products will commence in 2013.