Heat Sensor-Harsh Environment Adaptable Thermionic Sensor


HEAT temperature sensor design
HEAT temperature sensor design
Palo Alto Research Center, Inc.
Website:  Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
Award Number:  FE0013062
Project Duration:  10/01/2013 – 05/31/2016
Total Award Value:  $1,822,036
DOE Share:  $1,457,628
Performer Share:  $364,408
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology:  Sensors & Controls
Location:  California

Project Description

In this project, researchers will develop and demonstrate a thermionic element; develop a functional Generation 1 temperature and pressure sensor and validate its performance; develop and demonstrate the pathway to a Generation 2 multi-parameter wireless sensor; and support the commercialization of the harsh environment adaptable thermionic (HEAT) sensor technology. The Generation 1 HEAT sensor will integrate thermionic elements into a functional package that measures temperature and pressure over a range of environmental conditions and amplifies the resulting signals for data transmission over wire. The Generation 2 HEAT sensor will expand the capability to measure additional strain, flux, and flowrate process parameters, as well as incorporate a completely wireless configuration. The proposed HEAT sensor platform is a new technology useful for the extreme conditions at which advanced energy system processes will operate. This sensor platform will enable a new level of process monitoring and control, contributing significantly to the overall operational performance and reliability of advanced power generation plants.

Project Benefits

This project will develop and demonstrate a functional thermionic element multi-parameter wireless temperature and pressure sensor. Advancements made through this project will enable a new level of process monitoring and control that could reduce forced outages in advanced power generation plants by 5-10%, and thus contribute significantly to improved overall operational performance and reliability.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Barbara Carney: barbara.carney@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Robert Romanosky: robert.romanosky@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Saroj Sahu: Saroj.Sahu@parc.com

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