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Eneco is a development stage company that claims to have invented and patented a "solid state energy conversion/generation chip" that will convert heat directly into electricity or alternatively refrigerate down to -200 degrees Celsius when electricity is applied.

On Jan. 11, 2008, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (more) As of long before July, 2013, the successor company, MicroPower Global, has been thriving through their partnership with Texas State University.



Official Website

Latest Developments

Jan. 11, 2008

  • ENECO Files for Chapter 11 Protection - ENECO, one of the oldest LENR-related firms, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 18. The firm's focus is now primarily on thermal to electric conversion devices. Harold "Lew" Brown said that funding challenges were a significant factor that led to the filing. They are still in operation. (New Energy Times; March 10, 2008)

November 2006

  • Press conference held by Dr Lew Brown, president and CEO of Eneco [1]

Key Characteristics

According to

  • Energy density efficiencies far in excess of all other available technologies.
    • Its energy density (a measure of power production for a given weight or size) is 5 times better than current lithium-ion-batteries and 2-4 times better than future micro fuel cell capabilities projected for 2010.
  • Reduced weight and size to fit with the new portable power needs of consumer electronics.
  • Semiconductor technology that allows for efficient manufacturing, high reliability, long life, and low maintenance.
  • Ability to convert waste heat economically and directly into electric power without moving parts to wear or make noise.
  • Readily scaleable from very small to very large applications without losing efficiency or cost effectiveness.

How It Works

ENECO has developed the Thermal Chip, a new type of semiconductor device for direct energy conversion, which means it converts one form of energy to another without intermediate steps or moving parts.

Thermal Chips have the added advantage of working efficiently using any fuel source.

The chip apparently works using thermionic energy conversion whereby the thermal vibrational energy of a hot metal overcomes the electrostatic forces holding electrons to its surface. These free, excited electrons are then intercepted by a cold metal and through this process an electric current is generated and harnessed.

The main difficulty with exploiting this process at a commercial level has been in creating the vacuum between the two metals. But Eneco has overcome the problem by replacing the vacuum with, "a properly selected semiconductor thermoelectric that is thick enough to support a significant temperature differential between the emitter and the collector in order to achieve efficiencies of practical interest". (Brochure)

The result is a solid state energy conversion chip that can operate at temperatures of up to 600 degrees celcius and deliver absolute efficiencies in terms of how much heat energy is converted to electricity of between 20 and 30 percent.

Two operating modes:

  • Power Mode - using the Thermal Chip to convert heat directly to electricity
  • Cooling Mode - using the Thermal Chip to convert electricity directly into solid-state cooling/refrigeration

See also:

Thermionic Energy Conversion

Image:Thermionic Converter diagram 400.gif

Independent Validation

ENECO has obtained independent third party validation of its technology from multiple sources. The Company contracted with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, formerly the National Bureau of Standards) to confirm its measurement techniques and measurement results. Two reports were issued, both supporting the Company’s claims.

Patent - "The policy of the Company is to protect its inventions with domestic and international patents. Patents that are pioneering in the field have already been granted. Additional applications are prepared on an ongoing basis as technical developments are made."

Recent filings confirmed 48 patents issued or filed in the US and internationally:

  • 1 US Patent pending
  • 9 US Patents issued
  • 4 PCT Patents pending
  • 5 International Patents issued
  • 29 International Patents pending

The subject matters include:

  • Piezo-pyroelectric Energy Converter & Method
  • Thermal Diode for Energy Conversion
  • Hybrid Thermionic Energy Converter & Method
  • Solid State Thermionic Refrigerator
  • Hybrid Thermionic Energy Converter & Method
  • Tunneling-effect Energy Converters

Company Profile

The Company has already undertaken contracts for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Navy, and the National Science Foundation with support from US Magnesium Corp. A number of leading organizations and companies are negotiating with ENECO to develop products specific for their requirements.

US Magnesium Corp

  • DOJ Files Civil Action Against MagCorp for PCB Violations - Leading U.S. polluter, US Magnesium Corporation of Salt Lake City, has been on the EPA's list as the largest toxic air polluter in the country. Though its emissions have improved, they are still significant. Local inventor said he demonstrated the successful burning of some of their emissions for energy and clean-up, but they declined to integrate the technique. (PESN; May 12, 2005)

Other "Eneco" Company

  • Wind > High Efficiency > ENECO - WARP : Wind Amplified Rotor Platform speeds up the wind with a velocity amplification factor (VAF) in excess of 1.5 over free wind, resulting in a 450% increase in power. A WARP wind farm would need on average about 1/4 less land per kilowatt of energy generated. Projected cost $.02 to $.04/kWh or lower.

In the News

PES Network News Coverage

Other News Coverage

  • Eneco details revolutionary power chip - Speaking in a hotel conference room near Tower Bridge late last week Dr Lew Brown, president and CEO of Eneco, is trying to convince a roomful of sceptical investors that its new chip technology will revolutionise the way we generate electricity. (ITWeek; UK; November 20, 2006)


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