Timeline

1999

Huge uplift in thermoelectric performance
observed by scientists at a small company
in Utah who were investigating more efficient
means of converting heat directly into electricity

 

2001

Filing of first of 44 patents now owned by MicroPower

2002

Validation of uplift confirmed by third parties,
including the National Institute of Standards &
Technology (NIST)

“The efficiency is higher than for any thermoelectric converter and more than eight times higher than for thermoelectric reference with the same material…resulting in chips with 40% of the ideal Carnot cycle efficiency at 285°C.”From Chapter 13 of the CRC Thermoelectrics Handbook, published in 2005, which consists of an outline of Eneco's technology. Co-author Dr. Yan Kucherov is pictured left next to fellow inventor Dr. Victor Sevastyanenko

2008

Intellectual Property and ancillary
assets purchased by MicroPower


2009

MicroPower secures seed funding, hires key staff and agrees a deal with Texas State University to enable the company to develop prototype chips at Texas State’s Multifunctional Materials Labs, situated in San Marcos, which gives the Company access to a Molecular Beam Epitaxy system described as “probably unique in North America – if it’s not the only one of its kind, then it’s one of a very small number of its kind.”

2010

MicroPower’s Chief Technology
Officer Tom Zirkle leads the
company’s move to San Marcos


2011

Prototype chips developed delivering 15% efficiency

2012

CRADA signed with ARL to develop high temperature contacts


May 2013

First major commercial industrial
waste heat development programme
with system integration commences


Nov 2013

MicroPower moves to STAR One,
a pilot production facility capable
of delivering 5,000 modules daily


Jan 2014: MicroPower Celebrates Five Years Of Operation


Aug 2014

First commercial prototype modules
produced for third party testing


Dec 2014

Acquisition of ingot growing technique and
equipment from Colorado Research Labs,
moving base material production in-house


Apr 2015

First test rig installed at a major
cement plant in Central Texas


Aug 2015

First prototype modules sent to Power Practical who
subsequently reported a significant performance
improvement over current thermoelectric modules


Dec 2015

Collaboration initiated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory relating to solar thermal power generation

Feb 2016

Independent report on module testing/characterization results delivered by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Mar 2016

First thermoelectric generator system
delivered to a stove manufacturing company