Patent for Sale:Nonpolluting, Noise-free Thermo-Electric Cooler Technology
Initial target markets will include small refrigeration units, portable coolers and electronics cooling. Market size, addressability, and capture rate will expand as new products offering broader performance characteristics, varying form factors and lower price points are introduced over the next two years.
By solving the tough R&D issues required to produce the industry's best-performing TEC coolers, this technology creates a unique position in the industry with the potential to immediately dominate the small footprint refrigeration markets and expand that lead into larger mainstream refrigeration markets and electronics cooling, including challenging spot-cooling and small footprint applications in the laser communications market. Incumbent competitors have not been able to cross the innovation chasm due to their lack of thin-film fabrication expertise utilizing thermoelectric materials. Emerging competitors have not been able to achieve monolithic deposition of both p-type and n-type materials which limit their product capabilities and success. Additional products are being developed that will further extend the market lead this technology has created. These new products will further enhance cooler efficiency and reduce costs, thereby allowing further penetration into larger markets.
Market size: the first generation products address a market that exceeds $1.2 billion in 2009 and is stable, growing, and desperate for innovation.
These inventions can be used in a range of existing thermoelectric applications to improve system performance, reduce size and improve system life-times including:
Laser temperature control in opto electronics.
Bio-medical / life sciences equipment.
Sensor & Electronics cooling.
Aerospace / Military / Defense.
Refrigerators & Air conditioning.
Primary Application of the Technology
Comments on Deal Structure, Potential Terms and Restrictions
Class 62: Refrigeration
(1) processes and apparatus peculiar to removing heat from a substance, usually by a change of phase of a coolant or refrigerant, as by evaporation, melting or sublimation, (2) the resultant product of part (1), e.g., ice, liquefied or solidified gases, and (3) processes and apparatus peculiar to handling the latter as a stored product, not elsewhere provided for.Subclass 3.2: Thermoelectric; e.g., peltier effect
Subclass 3.7: Including specific circuitry or heat exchanger material