The generation of electrical power from thermal sources with and without vibration has wide direct applications for NASA. This technology can be exploited by NASA R&D Centers to power remote sensors around propellant storage areas and test stands, to supplement/eliminate batteries in experimental apparatus by harvesting energy from heat sources such as pump house engines; remove the passive heat load generated by the ambient environment and active devices in order to stabilize the temperature of sensitive components; and using thermoelectrics to drive component temperatures far lower than normal to the sensitivity of detectors, CCD, thermal imaging cameras, solid state lasers and other sensors. Launch and space applications include supplemental/backup power for instrument and life support on manned space vehicles; non-manned space vehicles to supplement main power and instrument batteries; main and supplemental power source for planetary exploration vehicles; main and supplemental power source for satellites; supplemental/backup power for instrument and life support on ISS; and supplemental/backup power for instrumentation on sounding rockets and balloons.
The generation of electrical power has numerous applications for DOD including minimizing the battery weight for ground troops; electronic gun controls; electronics; missile; guidance and control systems; nuclear, biological, and chemical defense systems; micro and full sized submarines; surface ships to; aircraft for electronics and life support; unmanned aerial vehicles; and aircraft for electronics and life support. It can also be used to many power communication devises, such as between the THAAD Active Leak Sensor System and the Driver when hypergolic leaks occur during transportation and operation. Applications to the civilian market are similar to those for NASA and DOD, that is to eliminate or reduce the need for batteries and incorporation of "PowerFelt" into clothing; cell phone holsters; tents; backpacks; conventional and hybrid vehicles, including the passenger compartment electronics; and power generation during emergencies.