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Thermoelectric Generators 1. Thermoelectric generator  

E-print Network

1 Thermoelectric Generators HoSung Lee 1. Thermoelectric generator 1.1 Basic Equations In 1821 effects are called the thermoelectric effects. The mechanisms of thermoelectricity were not understood. Cold Hot I - -- - - - - -- Figure 1 Electron concentration in a thermoelectric material. #12;2 A large

Lee, Ho Sung

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Design and development of thermoelectric generator  

SciTech Connect

In this paper we discuss the fabrication, working and characteristics of a thermoelectric generator made up of p and n type semiconductor materials. The device consists of Fe{sub 0.2}Co{sub 3.8}Sb{sub 11.5}Te{sub 0.5} (zT = 1.04 at 818 K) as the n-type and Zn4Sb3 (zT=0.8 at 550 K) as the p-type material synthesized by vacuum hot press method. Carbon paste has been used to join the semiconductor legs to metal (Molybdenum) electrodes to reduce the contact resistance. The multi-couple (4 legs) generator results a maximum output power of 1.083 mW at a temperature difference of 240 K between the hot and cold sides. In this investigation, an I-V characteristic, maximum output power of the thermoelectric module is presented. The efficiency of thermoelectric module is obtained as ? = 0.273 %.

Prem Kumar, D. S., E-mail: rcmallik@physics.iisc.ernet.in; Mahajan, Ishan Vardhan, E-mail: rcmallik@physics.iisc.ernet.in; Anbalagan, R., E-mail: rcmallik@physics.iisc.ernet.in; Mallik, Ramesh Chandra, E-mail: rcmallik@physics.iisc.ernet.in [Thermoelectric Materials and Devices Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560012 (India)

2014-04-24

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Development and optimization of a stove-powered thermoelectric generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Almost a third of the world's population still lacks access to electricity. Most of these people use biomass stoves for cooking which produce significant amounts of wasted thermal energy, but no electricity. Less than 1% of this energy in the form of electricity would be adequate for basic tasks such as lighting and communications. However, an affordable and reliable means of accomplishing this is currently nonexistent. The goal of this work is to develop a thermoelectric generator to convert a small amount of wasted heat into electricity. Although this concept has been around for decades, previous attempts have failed due to insufficient analysis of the system as a whole, leading to ineffective and costly designs. In this work, a complete design process is undertaken including concept generation, prototype testing, field testing, and redesign/optimization. Detailed component models are constructed and integrated to create a full system model. The model encompasses the stove operation, thermoelectric module, heat sinks, charging system and battery. A 3000 cycle endurance test was also conducted to evaluate the effects of operating temperature, module quality, and thermal interface quality on the generator's reliability, lifetime and cost effectiveness. The results from this testing are integrated into the system model to determine the lowest system cost in $/Watt over a five year period. Through this work the concept of a stove-based thermoelectric generator is shown to be technologically and economically feasible. In addition, a methodology is developed for optimizing the system for specific regional stove usage habits.

Mastbergen, Dan

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Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This slide presentation reviews the progress and processes involved in creating new and advanced thermoelectric materials to be used in the design of new radioiootope thermoelectric generators (RTGs). In a program with Department of Energy, NASA is working to develop the next generation of RTGs, that will provide significant benefits for deep space missions that NASA will perform. These RTG's are planned to be capable of delivering up to 17% system efficiency and over 12 W/kg specific power. The thermoelectric materials being developed are an important step in this process.

Caillat, Thierry; Hunag, C.-K.; Cheng, S.; Chi, S. C.; Gogna, P.; Paik, J.; Ravi, V.; Firdosy, S.; Ewell, R.

2008-01-01

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Development of a High Efficiency Thermoelectric Unicouple for Power Generation Applications  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

To achieve high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency, it is desirable to operate thermoelectric generator devices over large temperature gradients and also to maximize the performance of the thermoelectric materials used to build the devices.

Caillat, T.; Fleurial, J-P.; Synder, G.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, D.; Borshchevsky, A.

1999-01-01

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Solar thermoelectric generators  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The methods, the findings and the conclusions of a study for the design of a Solar Thermoelectric Generator (STG) intended for use as a power source for a spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury are discussed. Several state-of-the-art thermoelectric technologies in the intended application were considered. The design of various STG configurations based on the thermoelectric technology selected from among the various technologies was examined in detail and a recommended STG design was derived. The performance characteristics of the selected STG technology and associated design were studied in detail as a function of the orbital characteristics of the STG in Mercury and throughout the orbit of Mercury around the sun.

1977-01-01

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Superconducting thermoelectric generator  

DOEpatents

Thermoelectricity is produced by applying a temperature differential to dissimilar electrically conducting or semiconducting materials, thereby producing a voltage that is proportional to the temperature difference. Thermoelectric generators use this effect to directly convert heat into electricity; however, presently-known generators have low efficiencies due to the production of high currents which in turn cause large resistive heating losses. Some thermoelectric generators operate at efficiencies between 4% and 7% in the 800{degrees} to 1200{degrees}C range. According to its major aspects and bradly stated, the present invention is an apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. In particular, the invention is a thermoelectric generator that juxtaposes a superconducting material and a semiconducting material - so that the superconducting and the semiconducting materials touch - to convert heat energy into electrical energy without resistive losses in the temperature range below the critical temperature of the superconducting material. Preferably, an array of superconducting material is encased in one of several possible configurations within a second material having a high thermal conductivity, preferably a semiconductor, to form a thermoelectric generator.

Metzger, J.D.; El-Genk, M.S.

1994-01-01

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Development of advanced thermoelectric materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The development of an advanced thermoelectric material for radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) applications is reported. A number of materials were explored. The bulk of the effort, however, was devoted to improving silicon germanium alloys by the addition of gallium phosphide, the synthesis and evaluation of lanthanum chrome sulfide and the formulation of various mixtures of lanthanum sulfide and chrome sulfide. It is found that each of these materials exhibits promise as a thermoelectric material.

1984-01-01

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Materials for Vehicular Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The specific operating conditions of thermoelectric generators in vehicles determine the requirements for thermoelectric materials used in them. The present work analyzes which materials are the most suitable for solving the task of heat recovery from internal combustion engines. Requirements for such materials and optimization of thermoelectric modules on their basis are formulated. The most important of them include specific cost, efficiency, cyclic stability, service life, and optimal operating temperature range. Thermoelectric materials were prepared, and on their basis a series of generator thermoelectric modules created to optimize all of the above parameters for operation in vehicular thermoelectric generators.

Anatychuk, L. I.; Kuz, R. V.

2012-06-01

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Development of a high efficiency thermoelectric unicouple for power generation applications  

Microsoft Academic Search

To achieve high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency, it is desirable to operate thermoelectric generator devices over large temperature gradients and also to maximize the performance of the thermoelectric materials used to build the devices. However, no single thermoelectric material is suitable for use over a very wide range of temperatures (~300-1000 K). It is therefore necessary to use different materials

T. Caillat; J.-P. Fleurial; G. N. Snyder; A. Zoltan; D. Zoltan; A. Borshchevsky

1999-01-01

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Superconducting thermoelectric generator  

DOEpatents

An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two materials establishes an electrical potential related to the magnitude of the temperature gradient. The superconducting material carries the resulting electrical current at zero resistivity, thereby eliminating resistive losses. The elimination of resistive losses significantly increases the conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric device.

Metzger, J.D.; El-Genk, M.S.

1996-01-01

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Superconducting thermoelectric generator  

DOEpatents

An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two materials establishes an electrical potential related to the magnitude of the temperature gradient. The superconducting material carries the resulting electrical current at zero resistivity, thereby eliminating resistive losses. The elimination of resistive losses significantly increases the conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric device.

Metzger, John D. (Eaton's Neck, NY); El-Genk, Mohamed S. (Albuquerque, NM)

1998-01-01

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Superconducting thermoelectric generator  

DOEpatents

An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat is disclosed. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two materials establishes an electrical potential related to the magnitude of the temperature gradient. The superconducting material carries the resulting electrical current at zero resistivity, thereby eliminating resistive losses. The elimination of resistive losses significantly increases the conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric device. 4 figs.

Metzger, J.D.; El-Genk, M.S.

1998-05-05

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Thermoelectric Energy Conversion: Future Directions and Technology Development Needs  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This viewgraph presentation reviews the process of thermoelectric energy conversion along with key technology needs and challenges. The topics include: 1) The Case for Thermoelectrics; 2) Advances in Thermoelectrics: Investment Needed; 3) Current U.S. Investment (FY07); 4) Increasing Thermoelectric Materials Conversion Efficiency Key Science Needs and Challenges; 5) Developing Advanced TE Components & Systems Key Technology Needs and Challenges; 6) Thermoelectrics; 7) 200W Class Lightweight Portable Thermoelectric Generator; 8) Hybrid Absorption Cooling/TE Power Cogeneration System; 9) Major Opportunities in Energy Industry; 10) Automobile Waste Heat Recovery; 11) Thermoelectrics at JPL; 12) Recent Advances at JPL in Thermoelectric Converter Component Technologies; 13) Thermoelectrics Background on Power Generation and Cooling Operational Modes; 14) Thermoelectric Power Generation; and 15) Thermoelectric Cooling.

Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

2007-01-01

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Thermoelectric generator for motor vehicle  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric generator for producing electric power for a motor vehicle from the heat of the exhaust gasses produced by the engine of the motor vehicle. The exhaust gasses pass through a finned heat transfer support structure which has seat positions on its outside surface for the positioning of thermoelectric modules. A good contact cylinder provides a framework from which a spring force can be applied to the thermoelectric modules to hold them in good contact on their seats on the surface of the heat transfer support structure.

Bass, John C. (6121 La Pintra Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037)

1997-04-29

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Development of a New Generation of High-Temperature Thermoelectric Unicouples for Space Applications  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

RTG's have enabled surface and deep space missions since 1961: a) 26 flight missions without any RTG failures; and b) Mission durations in excess of 25 years. Future NASA missions require RTG s with high specific power and high efficiency, while retaining long life (> 14 years) and high reliability, (i.e. 6-8 W/kg, 10-15% efficiency). JPL in partnership with NASA-GRC, NASA-MSFC, DOE, Universities and Industry is developing advanced thermoelectric materials and converters to meet future NASA needs.

Caillat, Thierry; Gogna, P.; Sakamoto, J.; Jewell, A.; Cheng, J.; Blair, R.; Fleurial, J. -P.; Ewell, R.

2006-01-01

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Design of a Concentration Solar Thermoelectric Generator  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermoelectric technology can be another direct way to convert solar radiation into electricity, using the Seebeck effect.\\u000a Herein, a prototype concentration solar thermoelectric generator (CTG) and a discrete numerical model for the evaluation of\\u000a the whole system are presented. The model takes into account the temperature dependence of the thermoelectric material properties\\u000a by dividing the thermoelectric leg into finite elements

Peng Li; Lanlan Cai; Pengcheng Zhai; Xinfeng Tang; Qingjie Zhang; M. Niino

2010-01-01

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Lead telluride as a thermoelectric material for thermoelectric power generation  

Microsoft Academic Search

The specialized applications of thermoelectric generators are very successful and have motivated a search for materials with an improved figure of merit Z, and also for materials which operate at elevated temperatures. Lead telluride, PbTe, is an intermediate thermoelectric power generator. Its maximum operating temperature is 900K. PbTe has a high melting point, good chemical stability, low vapor pressure and

Z. H. Dughaish

2002-01-01

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Efficiency improvement in MEMS thermoelectric generators employing solar concentration.  

E-print Network

??Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are devices that convert heat into electricity. The efficiency of thermoelectric generators depends on the temperature difference across the device, the average… (more)

de Leon, Maria Theresa

2014-01-01

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Improvements to solar thermoelectric generators through device design  

E-print Network

A solar thermoelectric generator (STEG) is a device which converts sunlight into electricity through the thermoelectric effect. A STEG is nominally formed when a thermoelectric generator (TEG), a type of solid state heat ...

Weinstein, Lee A. (Lee Adragon)

2013-01-01

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Development of a radioisotope heat source for the two-watt radioisotope thermoelectric generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Described is a radioisotope heat source for the Two-Watt Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) which is being considered for possible application by the U.S. Navy and for other Department of Defense applications. The heat source thermal energy (75 Wt) is produced from the alpha decay of plutonium-238 which is in the form of high-fired plutonium dioxide. The capsule is non-vented and consists of three domed cylindrical components each closed with a corresponding sealed end cap. Surrounding the fuel is the liner component, which is fabricated from a tantalum-based alloy, T-111. Also fabricated from T-111 is the next component, the strength member, which serves to meet pressure and impact criteria. The outermost component, or clad, is the oxidation- and corrosion-resistant nickel-based alloy, Hastelloy S. This paper defines the design considerations, details the hardware fabrication and welding processes, discusses the addition of yttrium to the fuel to reduce liner embrittlement, and describes the testing that has been conducted or is planned to assure that there is fuel containment not only during the heat source operational life, but also in case of an accident environment.

Howell, Edwin I.; McNeil, Dennis C.; Amos, Wayne R.

1992-01-01

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Development of segmented thermoelectric multicouple converter technology  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and Teledyne Energy Systems, Inc., have teamed together under JPL leadership to develop the next generation of advanced thermoelectric space reactor power conversion systems. The program goals are to develop the technologies needed to achieve a space nuclear power system specific mass goal of less than 30 kg\\/kW at the 100

Jean-Pierre Fleurial; Kenneth Johnson; Jack Mondt; Jeff Sakamoto; Jeff Snyder; Chen-Kuo Huang; Richard Blair; Gerhard Stapfer; Thierry Caillat; Patrick Frye; William Determan; Ben Heshmatpour; Michael Brooks; Karen Tuttle

2006-01-01

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Development and Demonstration of a Modeling Framework for Assessing the Efficacy of Using Mine Water for Thermoelectric Power Generation  

SciTech Connect

Thermoelectric power plants use large volumes of water for condenser cooling and other plant operations. Traditionally, this water has been withdrawn from the cleanest water available in streams and rivers. However, as demand for electrical power increases it places increasing demands on freshwater resources resulting in conflicts with other off stream water users. In July 2002, NETL and the Governor of Pennsylvania called for the use of water from abandoned mines to replace our reliance on the diminishing and sometimes over allocated surface water resource. In previous studies the National Mine Land Reclamation Center (NMLRC) at West Virginia University has demonstrated that mine water has the potential to reduce the capital cost of acquiring cooling water while at the same time improving the efficiency of the cooling process due to the constant water temperatures associated with deep mine discharges. The objectives of this project were to develop and demonstrate a user-friendly computer based design aid for assessing the costs, technical and regulatory aspects and potential environmental benefits for using mine water for thermoelectric generation. The framework provides a systematic process for evaluating the hydrologic, chemical, engineering and environmental factors to be considered in using mine water as an alternative to traditional freshwater supply. A field investigation and case study was conducted for the proposed 300 MW Beech Hollow Power Plant located in Champion, Pennsylvania. The field study based on previous research conducted by NMLRC identified mine water sources sufficient to reliably supply the 2-3,000gpm water supply requirement of Beech Hollow. A water collection, transportation and treatment system was designed around this facility. Using this case study a computer based design aid applicable to large industrial water users was developed utilizing water collection and handling principals derived in the field investigation and during previous studies of mine water and power plant cooling. Visual basic software was used to create general information/evaluation modules for a range of power plant water needs that were tested/verified against the Beech Hollow project. The program allows for consideration of blending mine water as needed as well as considering potential thermal and environmental benefits that can be derived from using constant temperature mine water. Users input mine water flow, quality, distance to source, elevations to determine collection, transport and treatment system design criteria. The program also evaluates low flow volumes and sustainable yields for various sources. All modules have been integrated into a seamless user friendly computer design aid and user's manual for evaluating the capital and operating costs of mine water use. The framework will facilitate the use of mine water for thermoelectric generation, reduce demand on freshwater resources and result in environmental benefits from reduced emissions and abated mine discharges.

None

2010-03-01

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Thermoelectric power generation for hybrid-electric vehicle auxiliary power  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) concept allows for a moderate driving range in electric mode but uses an onboard range extender to capitalize on the high energy density of fuels using a combustion-based generator, typically using an internal combustion engine. An alternative being developed here is a combustion-based thermoelectric generator in order to develop systems technologies which capitalize on the high power density and inherent benefits of solid-state thermoelectric power generation. This thermoelectric power unit may find application in many military, industrial, and consumer applications including range extension for PHEVs. In this research, a baseline prototype was constructed using a novel multi-fuel atomizer with diesel fuel, a conventional thermoelectric heat exchange configuration, and a commercially available bismuth telluride module (maximum 225°C). This prototype successfully demonstrated the viability of diesel fuel for thermoelectric power generation, provided a baseline performance for evaluating future improvements, provided the mechanism to develop simulation and analysis tools and methods, and highlighted areas requiring development. The improvements in heat transfer efficiency using catalytic combustion were evaluated, the system was redesigned to operate at temperatures around 500 °C, and the performance of advanced high temperature thermoelectric modules was examined.

Headings, Leon M.; Washington, Gregory N.; Midlam-Mohler, Shawn; Heremans, Joseph P.

2009-03-01

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Modeling of concentrating solar thermoelectric generators  

E-print Network

The conversion of solar power into electricity is dominated by non-concentrating photovoltaics and concentrating solar thermal systems. Recently, it has been shown that solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) are a viable ...

Ren, Zhifeng

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Theoretical efficiency of solar thermoelectric energy generators  

E-print Network

This paper investigates the theoretical efficiency of solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs). A model is established including thermal concentration in addition to optical concentration. Based on the model, the maximum ...

Chen, Gang

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Computer modeling of thermoelectric generator performance  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Features of the DEGRA 2 computer code for simulating the operations of a spacecraft thermoelectric generator are described. The code models the physical processes occurring during operation. Input variables include the thermoelectric couple geometry and composition, the thermoelectric materials' properties, interfaces and insulation in the thermopile, the heat source characteristics, mission trajectory, and generator electrical requirements. Time steps can be specified and sublimation of the leg and hot shoe is accounted for, as are shorts between legs. Calculations are performed for conduction, Peltier, Thomson, and Joule heating, the cold junction can be adjusted for solar radition, and the legs of the thermoelectric couple are segmented to enhance the approximation accuracy. A trial run covering 18 couple modules yielded data with 0.3% accuracy with regard to test data. The model has been successful with selenide materials, SiGe, and SiN4, with output of all critical operational variables.

Chmielewski, A. B.; Shields, V.

1982-01-01

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Thermoelectric power generation in a thermoacoustic refrigerator  

Microsoft Academic Search

Commercially available solid-state thermoelectric devices may be used for their electrical power generation capabilities when coupled to a thermoacoustic refrigerator or heat pump. General performance characteristics as well as bulk thermal conductivity for a selection of thermoelectric elements was first found by using a two-plate apparatus to maintain a constant temperature difference across the element. Further studies of an element’s

W. V. Slaton; J. C. H. Zeegers

2006-01-01

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Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric power generator is disclosed for use to generate electrical power from heat, typically waste heat. An intermediate heat transfer loop forms a part of the system to permit added control and adjustability in the system. This allows the thermoelectric power generator to more effectively and efficiently generate power in the face of dynamically varying temperatures and heat flux conditions, such as where the heat source is the exhaust of an automobile, or any other heat source with dynamic temperature and heat flux conditions.

Bel,; Lon E. (Altadena, CA); Crane, Douglas Todd (Pasadena, CA)

2009-10-27

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Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop  

SciTech Connect

A thermoelectric power generator is disclosed for use to generate electrical power from heat, typically waste heat. An intermediate heat transfer loop forms a part of the system to permit added control and adjustability in the system. This allows the thermoelectric power generator to more effectively and efficiently generate power in the face of dynamically varying temperatures and heat flux conditions, such as where the heat source is the exhaust of an automobile, or any other heat source with dynamic temperature and heat flux conditions.

Bell, Lon E; Crane, Douglas Todd

2013-05-21

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Development of segmented thermoelectric multicouple converter technology  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and Teledyne Energy Systems, Inc., have teamed together under JPL leadership to develop the next generation of advanced thermoelectric space reactor power conversion systems. The program goals are to develop the technologies needed to achieve a space nuclear power system specific mass goal of less than 30 kg/kW at the 100 kW power level with a greater than 15 year lifetime.

Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Johnson, Kenneth; Sakamoto, Jeff; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Snyder, Jeff; Mondt, Jack; Blair, Richard; Frye, Patrick; Stapfer, Gerhard; Caillat, Thierry; Determan, William; Heshmatpour, Ben; Brooks, Michael; Tuttle, Karen

2006-01-01

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General-purpose heat source: Research and development program. Radioisotope thermoelectric generator impact tests: RTG-1 and RTG-2  

SciTech Connect

The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of {sup 238}Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). Because the potential for a launch abort or return from orbit exists for any space mission, the heat source response to credible accident scenarios is being evaluated. The first two RTG Impact Tests were designed to provide information on the response of a fully loaded RTG to end-on impact against a concrete target. The results of these tests indicated that at impact velocities up to 57 m/s the converter shell and internal components protect the GPHS capsules from excessive deformation. At higher velocities, some of the internal components of the RTG interact with the GPHS capsules to cause excessive localized deformation and failure.

Reimus, M.A.H.; Hinckley, J.E.; George, T.G.

1996-07-01

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Modeling of solar thermal selective surfaces and thermoelectric generators  

E-print Network

A thermoelectric generator is a solid-state device that converts a heat flux into electrical power via the Seebeck effect. When a thermoelectric generator is inserted between a solar-absorbing surface and a heat sink, a ...

McEnaney, Kenneth

2010-01-01

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Microfabricated thermoelectric power-generation devices  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A device for generating power to run an electronic component. The device includes a heat-conducting substrate (composed, e.g., of diamond or another high thermal conductivity material) disposed in thermal contact with a high temperature region. During operation, heat flows from the high temperature region into the heat-conducting substrate, from which the heat flows into the electrical power generator. A thermoelectric material (e.g., a BiTe alloy-based film or other thermoelectric material) is placed in thermal contact with the heat-conducting substrate. A low temperature region is located on the side of the thermoelectric material opposite that of the high temperature region. The thermal gradient generates electrical power and drives an electrical component.

Fleurial, Jean-Pierre (Inventor); Ryan, Margaret A. (Inventor); Borshchevsky, Alex (Inventor); Phillips, Wayne (Inventor); Kolawa, Elizabeth A. (Inventor); Snyder, G. Jeffrey (Inventor); Caillat, Thierry (Inventor); Kascich, Thorsten (Inventor); Mueller, Peter (Inventor)

2002-01-01

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Microfabricated thermoelectric power-generation devices  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A device for generating power to run an electronic component. The device includes a heat-conducting substrate (composed, e.g., of diamond or another high thermal conductivity material) disposed in thermal contact with a high temperature region. During operation, heat flows from the high temperature region into the heat-conducting substrate, from which the heat flows into the electrical power generator. A thermoelectric material (e.g., a BiTe alloy-based film or other thermoelectric material) is placed in thermal contact with the heat-conducting substrate. A low temperature region is located on the side of the thermoelectric material opposite that of the high temperature region. The thermal gradient generates electrical power and drives an electrical component.

Fleurial, Jean-Pierre (Inventor); Ryan, Margaret A. (Inventor); Borshchevsky, Alex (Inventor); Phillips, Wayne (Inventor); Kolawa, Elizabeth A. (Inventor); Snyder, G. Jeffrey (Inventor); Caillat, Thierry (Inventor); Kascich, Thorsten (Inventor); Mueller, Peter (Inventor)

2004-01-01

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Method of operating a thermoelectric generator  

DOEpatents

A method for operating a thermoelectric generator supplying a variable-load component includes commanding the variable-load component to operate at a first output and determining a first load current and a first load voltage to the variable-load component while operating at the commanded first output. The method also includes commanding the variable-load component to operate at a second output and determining a second load current and a second load voltage to the variable-load component while operating at the commanded second output. The method includes calculating a maximum power output of the thermoelectric generator from the determined first load current and voltage and the determined second load current and voltage, and commanding the variable-load component to operate at a third output. The commanded third output is configured to draw the calculated maximum power output from the thermoelectric generator.

Reynolds, Michael G; Cowgill, Joshua D

2013-11-05

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New thermoelectric materials and devices for terrestrial power generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The development of new, more efficient, materials and devices is the key to expand the range of applications of thermoelectric generators. New potential terrestrial applications have been recently described in the literature. There exists a wide range of heat source temperatures for these applications, from low grade waste heat, at 320-350K, up to 80 to 1100K, such as in the heat recovery from a processing plant of combustible solid waste. The automobile industry has also recently developed a strong interest in a waste exhaust heat recovery power source operating in the 375-775K temperature range to supplement or replace the alternator and thus decrease fuel consumption. Because of the relatively small temperature drop across the generator and of the generator mass requirements, it is estimated that values of 1.5 to 2.0 are needed for the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, in order to develop an economically viable system. Of course, there are other factors besides ZT when considering the potential use of thermoelectrics. For example, most commercial applications also require that the materials have also to be cheap enough, or environmentally friendly to make the thermoelectric power generation a viable option. Due to the need for reductions in the mass, cost and volume of radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) used to power spacecrafts for deep space missions, a search for new advanced materials with ZT values substantially higher than state-of-the-art Si0.8Ge0.2 alloys (ZTSiGe Å 0.65 from 575 to 1275K) was initiated a few years ago at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Recent results on novel materials have demonstrated that ZT values significantly larger than 1.0 could be obtained in the 475 to 975K temperature range. These materials are excellent candidates to be used in terrestrial thermoelectric power generators using waste heat or liquid fuels.

Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Borshchevsky, Alex; Caillat, Thierry

1997-01-01

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Compatibility of Segments of Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A method of calculating (usually for the purpose of maximizing) the power-conversion efficiency of a segmented thermoelectric generator is based on equations derived from the fundamental equations of thermoelectricity. Because it is directly traceable to first principles, the method provides physical explanations in addition to predictions of phenomena involved in segmentation. In comparison with the finite-element method used heretofore to predict (without being able to explain) the behavior of a segmented thermoelectric generator, this method is much simpler to implement in practice: in particular, the efficiency of a segmented thermoelectric generator can be estimated by evaluating equations using only hand-held calculator with this method. In addition, the method provides for determination of cascading ratios. The concept of cascading is illustrated in the figure and the definition of the cascading ratio is defined in the figure caption. An important aspect of the method is its approach to the issue of compatibility among segments, in combination with introduction of the concept of compatibility within a segment. Prior approaches involved the use of only averaged material properties. Two materials in direct contact could be examined for compatibility with each other, but there was no general framework for analysis of compatibility. The present method establishes such a framework. The mathematical derivation of the method begins with the definition of reduced efficiency of a thermoelectric generator as the ratio between (1) its thermal-to-electric power-conversion efficiency and (2) its Carnot efficiency (the maximum efficiency theoretically attainable, given its hot- and cold-side temperatures). The derivation involves calculation of the reduced efficiency of a model thermoelectric generator for which the hot-side temperature is only infinitesimally greater than the cold-side temperature. The derivation includes consideration of the ratio (u) between the electric current and heat-conduction power and leads to the concept of compatibility factor (s) for a given thermoelectric material, defined as the value of u that maximizes the reduced efficiency of the aforementioned model thermoelectric generator.

Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Ursell, Tristan

2009-01-01

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Thermoelectric unicouple used for power generation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A high-efficiency thermoelectric unicouple is used for power generation. The unicouple is formed with a plurality of legs, each leg formed of a plurality of segments. The legs are formed in a way that equalizes certain aspects of the different segments. Different materials are also described.

Caillat, Thierry (Inventor); Zoltan, Andrew (Inventor); Zoltan, Leslie (Inventor); Snyder, Jeffrey (Inventor)

2004-01-01

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Titanium nitride electrodes for thermoelectric generators  

DOEpatents

The invention is directed to a composite article suitable for use in thermoelectric generators. The article comprises a thin film of titanium nitride as an electrode deposited onto solid electrolyte. The invention is also directed to the method of making same.

Novak, Robert F. (Farmington Hills, MI); Schmatz, Duane J. (Dearborn Heights, MI); Hunt, Thomas K. (Ann Arbor, MI)

1987-12-22

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Thermoelectric Power Generation Allison Duh and Joel Dungan  

E-print Network

Thermoelectric Power Generation Allison Duh and Joel Dungan May 15, 2013 #12;Introduction A thermoelectric generator (TEG) is a device that converts heat energy directly into electrical energy. Thermoelectric systems capitalize on semiconductor charge carriers excited by a temperature difference to convert

Lavaei, Javad

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Multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG) program overview  

Microsoft Academic Search

Future NASA missions require safe, reliable, long-lived power systems for surface exploration of planetary bodies such as Mars as well as exploration of the solar system in the vacuum of space beyond Earth orbit. To address this need, the Department of Energy and NASA have initiated the development of radioisotope power systems, including the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG). In

Fred Ritz; C. E. Peterson

2004-01-01

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Thermophotovoltaic and thermoelectric portable power generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The quest for developing clean, quiet, and portable high energy density, and ultra-compact power sources continues. Although batteries offer a well known solution, limits on the chemistry developed to date constrain the energy density to 0.2 kWh/kg, whereas many hydrocarbon fuels have energy densities closer to 13 kWh/kg. The fundamental challenge remains: how efficiently and robustly can these widely available chemical fuels be converted into electricity in a millimeter to centimeter scale systems? Here we explore two promising technologies for high energy density power generators: thermophotovoltaics (TPV) and thermoelectrics (TE). These heat to electricity conversion processes are appealing because they are fully static leading to quiet and robust operation, allow for multifuel operation due to the ease of generating heat, and offer high power densities. We will present some previous work done in the TPV and TE fields. In addition we will outline the common technological barriers facing both approaches, as well as outline the main differences. Performance for state of the art research generators will be compared as well as projections for future practically achievable systems. A viable TPV or TE power source for a ten watt for one week mission can be built from a <10% efficient device which is achievable with current state of the art technology such as photonic crystals or advanced TE materials.

Chan, Walker R.; Waits, Christopher M.; Joannopoulos, John D.; Celanovic, Ivan

2014-06-01

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Detailed Modeling and Irreversible Transfer Process Analysis of a Multi-Element Thermoelectric Generator System  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric (TE) power generation technology, due to its several advantages, is becoming a noteworthy research direction. Many researchers conduct their performance analysis and optimization of TE devices and related applications based on the generalized thermoelectric energy balance equations. These generalized TE equations involve the internal irreversibility of Joule heating inside the thermoelectric device and heat leakage through the thermoelectric couple leg. However, it is assumed that the thermoelectric generator (TEG) is thermally isolated from the surroundings except for the heat flows at the cold and hot junctions. Since the thermoelectric generator is a multi-element device in practice, being composed of many fundamental TE couple legs, the effect of heat transfer between the TE couple leg and the ambient environment is not negligible. In this paper, based on basic theories of thermoelectric power generation and thermal science, detailed modeling of a thermoelectric generator taking account of the phenomenon of energy loss from the TE couple leg is reported. The revised generalized thermoelectric energy balance equations considering the effect of heat transfer between the TE couple leg and the ambient environment have been derived. Furthermore, characteristics of a multi-element thermoelectric generator with irreversibility have been investigated on the basis of the new derived TE equations. In the present investigation, second-law-based thermodynamic analysis (exergy analysis) has been applied to the irreversible heat transfer process in particular. It is found that the existence of the irreversible heat convection process causes a large loss of heat exergy in the TEG system, and using thermoelectric generators for low-grade waste heat recovery has promising potential. The results of irreversibility analysis, especially irreversible effects on generator system performance, based on the system model established in detail have guiding significance for the development and application of thermoelectric generators, particularly for the design and optimization of TE modules.

Xiao, Heng; Gou, Xiaolong; Yang, Suwen

2011-05-01

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A 3D TCAD simulation of a thermoelectric module configured for thermoelectric power generation, cooling and heating  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper documents the 3D modeling and simulation of a three couple thermoelectric module using the Synopsys Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) semiconductor simulation software. Simulation results are presented for thermoelectric power generation, cooling and heating, and successfully demonstrate the basic thermoelectric principles. The 3D TCAD simulation model of a three couple thermoelectric module can be used in the future to evaluate different thermoelectric materials, device structures, and improve the efficiency and performance of thermoelectric modules.

Gould, C. A.; Shammas, N. Y. A.; Grainger, S.; Taylor, I.; Simpson, K.

2012-06-01

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Test and evaluation of the Navy half-watt RTG. [Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) considered is to provide a continuous minimum power output of 0.5 watt at 6.0 to 8.5 volts for a minimum period of 15 years. The mechanical-electrical evaluation phase discussed involved the conduction of shock and vibration tests. The thermochemical-physical evaluation phase consisted of an analysis of the materials and the development of a thermal model. The thermoelectric evaluation phase included the accelerated testing of the thermoelectric modules.

Rosell, F. E., Jr.; Lane, S. D.; Eggers, P. E.; Gawthrop, W. E.; Rouklove, P. G.; Truscello, V. C.

1976-01-01

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Aircraft-Specific Thermoelectric Generator Module  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Autonomous sensor nodes for wireless sensor networks are currently under discussion for aircraft structural health monitoring. Self-sufficient operation of a sensor node requires a positive power budget for sensing, processing, and communication tasks. Energy harvesting for autonomous powering by thermoelectric devices depends strongly on maintaining the temperature difference within the aircraft operation envelope. Aircraft pass through huge outside temperature variations and, in addition, provide heated cabin environments. To make use of these temperature differences most efficiently, additional effort for heat conduction and installation is required to maintain the temperature gradient. However, to keep the complexity of system implementation as low as possible we report in this paper on an aircraft-specific thermoelectric generator module which consists of a phase-change material attached to the thermoelectric generator at one side. If this module is exposed to the environmental conditions of an aircraft envelope, the phase transition and heat capacity of the attached material lead to unbalanced temperature levels on the two sides of the generator. Simulations with realistic aircraft parameters have been done and first tests of the breadboard in a climate chamber have shown promising results.

Samson, D.; Otterpohl, T.; Kluge, M.; Schmid, U.; Becker, Th.

2010-09-01

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Compensation of voltage drops in solid-state switches used with thermoelectric generators  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Seebeck effect solid state switch was developed eliminating thermoelectric generator switch voltage drops. Semiconductor switches were fabricated from materials with large Seebeck coefficients, arranged such that Seebeck potential is generated with such polarity that current flow is aided.

Shimada, K.

1972-01-01

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Thermoelectric Generation Using Waste Heat in Steel Works  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The steelmaking industry in Japan has significantly reduced its energy use for the past several decades and has kept the highest energy efficiency in the world. However, the steelmaking industry is strongly required to develop new technologies for further energy conservation in view of energy security, high and volatile energy prices, and climate change. One of the key technologies to achieve the requirement is waste heat recovery. This paper describes the thermoelectric generation (TEG) system using the waste heat in the steelmaking process. In this system, the TEG unit, which consists of 16 thermoelectric modules made of Bi-Te thermoelectric materials, generates the electrical power directly by converting the radiant heat released from hot steel products. Each thermoelectric module, whose size is 50 mm × 50 mm × 4.2 mm, generates 18 W when the hot-side temperature is 523 K and the cold-side is 303 K. Therefore, the output of the TEG unit is over 250 W. The performance and the durability of the system have been investigated under various operating conditions in steel works. The results of the verification tests in the JFE steel Corporation's continuous casting line will be discussed.

Kuroki, Takashi; Kabeya, Kazuhisa; Makino, Kazuya; Kajihara, Takeshi; Kaibe, Hiromasa; Hachiuma, Hirokuni; Matsuno, Hidetoshi; Fujibayashi, Akio

2014-06-01

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Fabrication of Advanced Thermoelectric Materials by Hierarchical Nanovoid Generation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A novel method to prepare an advanced thermoelectric material has hierarchical structures embedded with nanometer-sized voids which are key to enhancement of the thermoelectric performance. Solution-based thin film deposition technique enables preparation of stable film of thermoelectric material and void generator (voigen). A subsequent thermal process creates hierarchical nanovoid structure inside the thermoelectric material. Potential application areas of this advanced thermoelectric material with nanovoid structure are commercial applications (electronics cooling), medical and scientific applications (biological analysis device, medical imaging systems), telecommunications, and defense and military applications (night vision equipments).

Choi, Sang Hyouk (Inventor); Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Chu, Sang-Hyon (Inventor); Elliott, James R. (Inventor); King, Glen C. (Inventor); Kim, Jae-Woo (Inventor); Lillehei, Peter T. (Inventor); Stoakley, Diane M. (Inventor)

2011-01-01

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CFD modeling of thermoelectric generators in automotive EGR-coolers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A large amount of the waste heat in the exhaust gases from diesel engines is removed in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler. Introducing a thermoelectric generator (TEG) in an EGR cooler requires a completely new design of the heat exchanger. To accomplish that a model of the TEG-EGR system is required. In this work, a transient 3D CFD model for simulation of gas flow, heat transfer and power generation has been developed. This model allows critical design parameters in the TEG-EGR to be identified and design requirements for the systems to be specified. Besides the prediction of Seebeck, Peltier, Thomson and Joule effects, the simulations also give detailed insight to the temperature gradients in the gas-phase and inside the thermoelectric (TE) elements. The model is a very valuable tool to identify bottlenecks, improve design, select optimal TE materials and operating conditions. The results show that the greatest heat transfer resistance is located in the gas phase and it is critical to reduce this in order to achieve a large temperature difference over the thermoelectric elements without compromising on the maximum allowable pressure drop in the system. Further results from an investigation of the thermoelectric performance during a vehicle test cycle is presented.

Högblom, Olle; Andersson, Ronnie

2012-06-01

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Modeling of concentrating solar thermoelectric generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The conversion of solar power into electricity is dominated by non-concentrating photovoltaics and concentrating solar thermal systems. Recently, it has been shown that solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) are a viable alternative in the non-concentrating regime. This paper addresses the possibility of STEGs being used as the power block in concentrating solar power systems. STEG power blocks have no moving parts, they are scalable, and they eliminate the need for an external traditional thermomechanical generator, such as a steam turbine or Stirling engine. Using existing skutterudite and bismuth telluride materials, concentrating STEGs can have efficiencies exceeding 10% based on a geometric optical concentration ratio of 45.

McEnaney, Kenneth; Kraemer, Daniel; Ren, Zhifeng; Chen, Gang

2011-10-01

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Electrical performance analysis and economic evaluation of combined biomass cook stove thermoelectric (BITE) generator  

Microsoft Academic Search

The use of biomass cook stoves is widespread in the domestic sector of developing countries, but the stoves are not efficient. To advance the versatility of the cook stove, we investigated the feasibility of adding a commercial thermoelectric (TE) module made of bismuth-telluride based materials to the stove’s side wall, thereby creating a thermoelectric generator system that utilizes a proportion

C. Lertsatitthanakorn

2007-01-01

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Analysis of waste-heat thermoelectric power generators  

Microsoft Academic Search

A real thermoelectric power generator utilizing waste heat is proposed. The generator is treated as an external and internal irreversible heat engine. The specific power output of the generator is analyzed and compared with that of the Carnot, endoreversible and external reversible thermoelectric heat engines.

Chih Wu

1996-01-01

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Procurement of a fully licensed radioisotope thermoelectric generator transportation system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present transportation system for radioisotope thermoelectric generators and heater units is being developed to comply with all applicable U.S. DOT regulations, including a doubly-contained 'bell jar' concept for the required double-containment of plutonium. Modifications in handling equipment and procedures are entailed by this novel packaging design, and will affect high-capacity forklifts, overhead cranes, He-backfilling equipment, etc. Attention is given to the design constraints involved, and to the Federal procurement process.

Adkins, Harold E.; Bearden, Thomas E.

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Prototype Combined Heater/Thermoelectric Power Generator for Remote Applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study presents a prototype thermoelectric generator (TEG) developed for remote applications in villages that are not connected to the electrical power grid. For ecological and economic reasons, there is growing interest in harvesting waste heat from biomass stoves to produce some electricity. Because regular maintenance is not required, TEGs are an attractive choice for small-scale power generation in inaccessible areas. The prototype developed in our laboratory is especially designed to be implemented in stoves that are also used for domestic hot water heating. The aim of this system is to provide a few watts to householders, so they have the ability to charge cellular phones and radios, and to get some light at night. A complete prototype TEG using commercial (bismuth telluride) thermoelectric modules has been built, including system integration with an electric DC/DC converter. The DC/DC converter has a maximum power point tracker (MPPT) driven by an MC9SO8 microcontroller, which optimizes the electrical energy stored in a valve-regulated lead-acid battery. Physical models were used to study the behavior of the thermoelectric system and to optimize the performance of the MPPT. Experiments using a hot gas generator to simulate the exhaust of the combustion chamber of a stove are used to evaluate the system. Additionally, potential uses of such generators are presented.

Champier, D.; Favarel, C.; Bédécarrats, J. P.; Kousksou, T.; Rozis, J. F.

2013-07-01

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The Feasibility of a Current-Source Thermoelectric Power Generator and Its Corresponding Structure Design  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Traditional thermoelectric power generators consist of thermoelectric elements connected electrically in series and thermally in parallel. Current flowing inside the thermoelectric power generator is conventionally considered to be driven by the Seebeck effect-induced electric field and the output voltage-induced reverse electric field. This paper proposes a more comprehensive model that implies that current is also driven by chemical potential and carrier density variation. Therefore, the thermoelectric power generator can be treated as a current-source power supplier when the current driven by carrier density variation dominates. This paper performs holistic finite element implementation of the new holistic model where a thermoelectric power generator unit behaves like a current-source while the working temperature conditions maintain stability. This result validates that the thermoelectric element shows the behaviors of a current-source power supply under certain conditions. This discovery brings a new perspective on the behaviors of thermoelectric elements, which potentially will lead to the development of novel thermoelectric power generator design.

Wu, Guangxi; Yu, Xiong

2015-01-01

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End-on radioisotope thermoelectric generator impact tests  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of 238Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). The modular GPHS design was developed to address both survivability during launch abort and return from orbit. The first two RTG Impact Tests were designed to provide information on the response of a fully loaded RTG to end-on impact against a concrete target. The results of these tests indicated that at impact velocities up to 57 m/s the converter shell and internal components protect the GPHS capsules from excessive deformation. At higher velocities, some of the internal components of the RTG interact with the GPHS capsules to cause excessive localized deformation and failure.

Reimus, M. A. H.; Hinckley, J. E.

1997-01-01

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Thermoelectric Analysis for Helical Power Generation Systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The performance of a three-dimensional helical thermoelectric generation (TEG) system is examined by exposing it to a temperature difference with hot and cold sources. The helical paths for the two thermal fluids give the TEG device the potential to efficiently convert thermal energy. The characteristic performance of the helical system is numerically analyzed by using the finite-volume method in a compact system. The helical system is compared with a straight system in which all the thermoelectric (TE) elements present equivalent geometry. The difference in the TE performance between the two systems is not significant when the TE surfaces are maintained at constant temperatures. Both the electromotive force and the current in the TEG system increase linearly with the temperature difference ? T applied at the two module surfaces. The current preferentially flows through a main path determined by the geometry of the TE element. The merits of the helical design are its compactness, space saving, and smooth fluid flow due to gravity, compared with the straight system.

Meng, Xiangning; Fujisaka, Takeyuki; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

2014-06-01

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Modular Isotopic Thermoelectric Generator (MITG) Design and Development, Part AE. Original was presented at 1983 Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC)  

Microsoft Academic Search

Advanced RTG concepts utilizing improved thermoelectric materials and converter concepts are under study at Fairchild for DOE. The design described here is based on DOE's newly developed radioisotope heat source, and on an improved silicon-germanium material and a multicouple converter module under development at Syncal. Fairchild's assignment was to combine the above into an attractive power system for use in

Schock

1983-01-01

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New Technology for Microfabrication and Testing of a Thermoelectric Device for Generating Mobile Electrical Power  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Thermoelectric (TE) power generation is an increasingly important power generation technology. Major advantages include: no moving parts, low-weight, modularity, covertness/silence, high power density, low amortized cost, and long service life with minimum or no required maintenance. Despite low efficiency of power generation, there are many specialized needs for electrical power that TE technologies can uniquely and successfully address. Recent advances in thermoelectric materials technology have rekindled acute interest in thermoelectric power generation. We have developed single crystalline n- and p- type PbTe crystals and are also, developing PbTe bulk nanocomposites using PbTe nano powders and emerging filed assisted sintering technology (FAST). We will discuss the materials requirements for efficient thermoelectric power generation using waste heat at intermediate temperature range (6500 to 8500 K). We will present our recent results on production of n- and p- type PbTe crystals and their thermoelectric characterization. Relative characteristics and performance of PbTe bulk single crystals and nano composites for thermoelectric power generation will be discussed.

Prasad, Narasimha S.; Taylor, Patrick J.; Trivedi, Sudhir B.; Kutcher, Susan

2012-01-01

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A new type of low power thermoelectric micro-generator fabricated by nanowire array thermoelectric material  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new type of thermoelectric micro-generator, which is composed of n-type and p-type Bi2Te3 nanowire array thermoelectric materials, is designed to be energy source for miniaturized solid-state devices such as MEMS, micro-electrical system and even “system on a chip”. The nanowire arrays are fabricated by electrochemical deposition of Bi2Te3 into the nano-pores of alumina template. The measurements showed that the

Wei Wang; Falong Jia; Qinghua Huang; Jianzhong Zhang

2005-01-01

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Fiber optic signal amplifier using thermoelectric power generation  

DOEpatents

A remote fiber optic signal amplifier for use as a repeater/amplifier, such as in transoceanic communications, powered by a Pu{sub 238} or Sr{sub 90} thermoelectric generator. The amplifier comprises a unit with connections on the receiving and sending sides of the communications system, and an erbium-doped fiber amplifier connecting each sending fiber to each receiving fiber. The thermoelectric generator, preferably a Pu{sub 238} or Sr{sub 90} thermoelectric generator delivers power to the amplifiers through a regulator. The heat exchange surfaces of the thermoelectric generator are made of materials resistant to corrosion and biological growth and are directly exposed to the outside, such as the ocean water in transoceanic communications. 2 figs.

Hart, M.M.

1995-04-18

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Fiber optic signal amplifier using thermoelectric power generation  

DOEpatents

A remote fiber optic signal amplifier for use as a repeater/amplifier, such as in transoceanic communications, powered by a Pu.sub.238 or Sr.sub.90 thermoelectric generator. The amplifier comprises a unit with connections on the receiving and sending sides of the communications system, and an erbium-doped fiber amplifier connecting each sending fiber to each receiving fiber. The thermoelectric generator, preferably a Pu.sub.238 or Sr.sub.90 thermoelectric generator delivers power to the amplifiers through a regulator. The heat exchange surfaces of the thermoelectric generator are made of materials resistant to corrosion and biological growth and are directly exposed to the outside, such as the ocean water in transoceanic communications.

Hart, Mark M. (Aiken, SC)

1995-01-01

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Modeling of thin-film solar thermoelectric generators  

E-print Network

Recent advances in solar thermoelectric generator (STEG) performance have raised their prospect as a potential technology to convert solar energy into electricity. This paper presents an analysis of thin-film STEGs. ...

Weinstein, Lee Adragon

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Design and Optimization of Compatible, Segmented Thermoelectric Generators  

E-print Network

Design and Optimization of Compatible, Segmented Thermoelectric Generators G. Jeffrey Snyder Jet that the current in the n-element is in the opposite direction as the p-element so that I In p= - . Similarly, un

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Thermoelectric generator and method for the fabrication thereof  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric generator using semiconductor elements for responding to a temperature gradient to produce electrical energy with all of the semiconductor elements being of the same type is disclosed. A continuous process for forming substrates on which the semiconductor elements and superstrates are deposited and a process for forming the semiconductor elements on the substrates are also disclosed. The substrates with the semiconductor elements thereon are combined with superstrates to form modules for use thermoelectric generators.

Benson, David K. (Golden, CO); Tracy, C. Edwin (Golden, CO)

1987-01-01

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Thermoelectric generator and method for the fabrication thereof  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric generator using semiconductor elements for responding to a temperature gradient to produce electrical energy with all of the semiconductor elements being of the same type is disclosed. A continuous process for forming substrates on which the semiconductor elements and superstrates are deposited and a process for forming the semiconductor elements on the substrates are also disclosed. The substrates with the semiconductor elements thereon are combined with superstrates to form modules for use as thermoelectric generators.

Benson, D.K.; Tracy, C.E.

1984-08-01

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Experimental Investigation on Effect of Adhesives on Thermoelectric Generator Performance  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) convert heat energy into electricity. Currently, these devices are attached to heat exchangers by means of mechanical devices such as clamps or fixtures with nuts and bolts. These mechanical devices are not suitable for use in harsh environments due to problems with rusting and maintenance. To eliminate the need for such mechanical devices, various kinds of adhesives used to attach thermoelectric generators to heat exchangers are investigated experimentally in this work. These adhesives have been selected based on their thermal properties and also their stability to work in harsh environments to avoid damage to the integrity of the attachment over long periods of time. Stainless-steel plates were attached to a thermoelectric generator using the adhesives. The introduction of the adhesive as a means of attachment for thermoelectric generators contributes to increase the thermal resistance to heat transfer across the TEG. The adhesive layers increased the thermal resistance of the thermoelectric generator by 16% to 109%. This work examines the effect of the adhesives on the thermal performance and power output of a single thermoelectric generator for various heat inputs.

Singh, Baljit; Remeli, Muhammad Fairuz; Chet, Ding Lai; Oberoi, Amandeep; Date, Abhijit; Akbarzadeh, Aliakbar

2015-01-01

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Optimized Characterization of Thermoelectric Generators for Automotive Application  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

New developments in the field of thermoelectric materials bring the prospect of consumer devices for recovery of some of the waste heat from internal combustion engines closer to reality. Efficiency improvements are expected due to the development of high-temperature thermoelectric generators (TEG). In contrast to already established radioisotope thermoelectric generators, the temperature difference in automotive systems is not constant, and this imposes a set of specific requirements on the TEG system components. In particular, the behavior of the TEGs and interface materials used to link the heat flow from the heat source through the TEG to the heat sink must be examined. Due to the usage patterns of automobiles, the TEG will be subject to cyclic thermal loads, which leads to module degradation. Additionally, the automotive TEG will be exposed to an inhomogeneous temperature distribution, leading to inhomogeneous mechanical loads and reduced system efficiency. Therefore, a characterization rig is required to allow determination of the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of such high-temperature TEG systems. This paper describes a measurement setup using controlled adjustment of cold-side and warm-side temperatures as well as controlled feed-in of electrical power for evaluation of TEGs for application in vehicles with combustion engines. The temperature profile in the setup can be varied to simulate any vehicle usage pattern, such as the European standard driving cycle, allowing the power yield of the TEGs to be evaluated for the chosen cycle. The spatially resolved temperature distribution of a TEG system can be examined by thermal imaging. Hotspots or cracks on thermocouples of the TEGs and the thermal resistance of thermal interface materials can also be examined using this technology. The construction of the setup is briefly explained, followed by detailed discussion of the experimental results.

Tatarinov, Dimitri; Wallig, Daniel; Bastian, Georg

2012-06-01

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Development and evaluation of 3-stage segmented thermoelectric elements  

Microsoft Academic Search

One of a way to achieve high power performance of a thermoelectric device is to broaden the operating temperature range of thermoelectric materials. In order to realize this, a project team has carried out cooperative research and they have developed 3-stage segmented thermoelectric elements. The element is composed of three kinds of optimized thermoelectric materials: SiGe; PbTe; and Bi2Te3. The

Y. S. Kang; M. Niino; I. A. Nishida; J. Yoshino

1998-01-01

72

The next generation of thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

From the mid-1950s to the present the major design concepts for bulk thermoelectrics were those used by A.V. Ioffe. These were to select semiconducting compounds of heavy elements from the lower part of the periodic table and then to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity by forming mixed crystals. This approach led to the thermoelectrics based on Bi, PbTe and Bi2Te3.

G. S. Nolas; G. A. Slack; J. L. Cohn; S. B. Schujman

1998-01-01

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Investigation of Maximum Power Point Tracking for Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, a thermoelectric generator (TEG) model is developed as a tool for investigating optimized maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms for TEG systems within automotive exhaust heat energy recovery applications. The model comprises three main subsystems that make up the TEG system: the heat exchanger, thermoelectric material, and power conditioning unit (PCU). In this study, two MPPT algorithms known as the perturb and observe (P&O) algorithm and extremum seeking control (ESC) are investigated. A synchronous buck-boost converter is implemented as the preferred DC-DC converter topology, and together with the MPPT algorithm completes the PCU architecture. The process of developing the subsystems is discussed, and the advantage of using the MPPT controller is demonstrated. The simulation results demonstrate that the ESC algorithm implemented in combination with a synchronous buck-boost converter achieves favorable power outputs for TEG systems. The appropriateness is by virtue of greater responsiveness to changes in the system's thermal conditions and hence the electrical potential difference generated in comparison with the P&O algorithm. The MATLAB/Simulink environment is used for simulation of the TEG system and comparison of the investigated control strategies.

Phillip, Navneesh; Maganga, Othman; Burnham, Keith J.; Ellis, Mark A.; Robinson, Simon; Dunn, Julian; Rouaud, Cedric

2013-07-01

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Thermoelectric efficiency of (1 - x)(GeTe) x(Bi2Se0.2Te2.8) and implementation into highly performing thermoelectric power generators.  

PubMed

Here we report for the first time on a complete simulation assisted "material to module" development of a high performance thermoelectric generator (TEG) based on the combination of a phase change material and established thermoelectrics yielding the compositions (1 - x)(GeTe) x(Bi2Se0.2Te2.8). For the generator design our approach for benchmarking thermoelectric materials is demonstrated which is not restricted to the determination of the intrinsically imprecise ZT value but includes the implementation of the material into a TEG. This approach is enabling a much more reliable benchmarking of thermoelectric materials for TEG application. Furthermore we analyzed the microstructure and performance close to in-operandi conditions for two different compositions in order to demonstrate the sensitivity of the material against processing and thermal cycling. For x = 0.038 the microstructure of the as-prepared material remains unchanged, consequently, excellent and stable thermoelectric performance as prerequisites for TEG production was obtained. For x = 0.063 we observed strain phenomena for the pristine state which are released by the formation of planar defects after thermal cycling. Consequently the thermoelectric performance degrades significantly. These findings highlight a complication for deriving the correlation of microstructure and properties of thermoelectric materials in general. PMID:25559337

Koenig, J; Winkler, M; Dankwort, T; Hansen, A-L; Pernau, H-F; Duppel, V; Jaegle, M; Bartholomé, K; Kienle, L; Bensch, W

2015-01-28

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Miniaturized thermoelectric generators based on poly-Si and poly-SiGe surface micromachining  

Microsoft Academic Search

We report on miniaturized thermoelectric generators (TEGs) which are being developed to convert waste heat into a few microwatts of electrical power, sufficient to supply microelectronic circuitry. A BiCMOS realization using standard materials is favored to make these generators amenable to low cost applications. In order to optimize our device, the design and the material properties have been studied. The

M. Strasser; R. Aigner; M. Franosch; G. Wachutka

2002-01-01

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Clean Diesel Engine Component Improvement Program Diesel Truck Thermoelectric Generator  

SciTech Connect

Hi-Z Technology, Inc. (Hi-Z) is currently developing four different auxiliary generator designs that are used to convert a portion (5 to 20%) of the waste heat from vehicle engines exhaust directly to electricity. The four designs range from 200 Watts to 10 kW. The furthest along is the 1 kW Diesel Truck Thermoelectric Generator (DTTEG) for heavy duty Class 8 Diesel trucks, which, under this program, has been subjected to 543,000 equivalent miles of bouncing and jarring on PACCARâ??s test track. Test experience on an earlier version of the DTTEG on the same track showed the need for design modifications incorporated in DTTEG Mod 2, such as a heavy duty shock mounting system and reinforcement of the electrical leads mounting system, the thermocouple mounting system and the thermoelectric module restraints. The conclusion of the 543,000 mile test also pointed the way for an upgrading to heavy duty hose or flex connections for the internal coolant connections for the TEG, and consideration of a separate lower temperature cooling loop with its own radiator. Fuel savings of up to $750 per year and a three to five year payback are believed to be possible with the 5 % efficiency modules. The economics are expected to improve considerably to approach a two year payback when the 5 kW to 10 kW generators make it to the market in a few years with a higher efficiency (20%) thermoelectric module system called Quantum Wells, which are currently under development by Hi-Z. Ultimately, as automation takes over to reduce material and labor costs in the high volume production of QW modules, a one year payback for the 5 kW to10 kW generator appears possible. This was one of the stated goals at the beginning of the project. At some future point in time, with the DTTEG becoming standard equipment on all trucks and automobiles, fuel savings from the 25% conversion of exhaust heat to useable electricity nationwide equates to a 10% reduction in the 12 to 15 million barrels per day of imported oil, that much less air pollution, and an equivalent reduction in the trade deficit, which is expected to lower the inflation rate.

N.B. Elsner; J.C. Bass; S. Ghamaty; D. Krommenhoek; A. Kushch; D. Snowden; S. Marchetti

2005-03-31

77

Interferometric Analysis of Thermomechanical Deformations in Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In thermoelectric applications, optimized thermal contacts are essential to enable efficient and homogeneous flow of heat currents. Thermomechanical stresses may lead to surface deformation, which alters the thermal contact. As a result, the heat current density is reduced and no longer homogeneous. Also an undesired temperature gradient perpendicular to the heat flow develops, and hence this temperature gradient again causes thermomechanical stresses. The described thermomechanical problems are particularly important in applications where high operating temperatures and hence large temperature differences are used. Also, system durability is a crucial aspect, especially in applications where thermal cycles occur (i.e., in the field of waste heat regeneration of car combustion engines). We describe a measuring technique to detect and evaluate the influence of these deformations. To analyze the surface and external points of contact of a thermoelectric generator (TEG), a measurement setup based on speckle interferometry is used. Temperature gradients as well as small surface deflections in the ?m range have to be measured simultaneously. Therefore, an optical as well as a thermography camera are used to create a holistic image of the deformation and to analyze the influence of this deformation on the TEG structure.

Morschel, Marlis; Bastian, Georg

2013-07-01

78

Integrating Phase-Change Materials into Automotive Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Because the heat emitted by conventional combustion-engine vehicles during operation has highly transient properties, automotive thermoelectric generators (TEG) are intended for a particular operating state (design point). This, however, leads to two problems. First, whenever the combustion engine runs at low load, the maximum operating temperature cannot be properly utilised; second, a combustion engine at high load requires partial diversion of exhaust gas away from the TEG to protect the thermoelectric modules. An attractive means of stabilising dynamic exhaust behaviour (thereby keeping the TEG operating status at the design point for as long as possible) is use of latent heat storage, also known as phase-change materials (PCM). By positioning PCM between module and exhaust heat conduit, and choosing a material with a phase-change temperature matching the module's optimum operating temperature, it can be used as heat storage. This paper presents results obtained during examination of the effect of integration of latent heat storage on the potential of automotive TEG to convert exhaust heat. The research resulted in the development of a concept based on the initial integration idea, followed by proof of concept by use of a specially created prototype. In addition, the potential amount of energy obtained by use of a PCM-equipped TEG was calculated. The simulations indicated a significant increase in electrical energy was obtained in the selected test cycle.

Klein Altstedde, Mirko; Rinderknecht, Frank; Friedrich, Horst

2014-06-01

79

A COMBUSTION-BASED MEMS THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATOR  

Microsoft Academic Search

SUMMARY A thermoelectric generator with integrated catalytic combustion has been microfabricated and successfully tested. The device consists of a high-temperature silicon-germanium thermopile supported on a thermally insulating silicon nitride membrane. Heat is supplied by catalytic combustion of fuels on the underside of the membrane. Power output has been generated from on- chip autothermal combustion of hydrogen, ammonia and butane, with

Samuel B. Schaevitz; Aleksander J. Franz; Klavs F. Jensen; Martin A. Schmidt

2001-01-01

80

A Novel Photo-Thermoelectric Generator Integrating Dye-sensitized Solar Cells with Thermoelectric Modules  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this study, we adopt two different morphologies of self-made nano-TiO2 powder to prepare a double-layer photoelectrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Further, DSSC module and thermoelectric generator (TEG) coated with nano-Cu thin film were integrated with a novel photo-thermoelectric generator. For the fabrication of photoelectric conversion modules, TiO2 nanoparticles (H200) fabricated by the hydrothermal method and the powder of TiO2 nanofluid prepared by the submerged arc nanofluid synthesis system (SANSS) were utilized to prepare a double-layer thin film using a surgical blade as the photoelectrode of DSSCs. And then, commercial nano-Cu powder was coated on two sides of TEG to fabricate thermoelectric conversion module by surgical blade. Nano-Cu thin film, as the medium of thermal conductivity, can effectively transfer heat produced by sunlight on the surface of DSSC to the two sides of TEG. Finally, the two modules were combined into the optical thermoelectric generator. The overall experiment utilizes the intensity of 100 mW/cm2 illumination of simulated sunlight, which can produce 4.97 mW/cm2, an increase of 2.87% output compared with merely employing the DSSCs.

Chang, Ho; Kao, Mu-Jung; Huang, Kouhsiu David; Chen, Sih-Li; Yu, Zhi-Rong

2010-06-01

81

Modeling a Thermoelectric Generator Applied to Diesel Automotive Heat Recovery  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are outstanding devices for automotive waste heat recovery. Their packaging, lack of moving parts, and direct heat to electrical conversion are the main benefits. Usually, TEGs are modeled with a constant hot-source temperature. However, energy in exhaust gases is limited, thus leading to a temperature decrease as heat is recovered. Therefore thermoelectric properties change along the TEG, affecting performance. A thermoelectric generator composed of Mg2Si/Zn4Sb3 for high temperatures followed by Bi2Te3 for low temperatures has been modeled using engineering equation solver (EES) software. The model uses the finite-difference method with a strip-fins convective heat transfer coefficient. It has been validated on a commercial module with well-known properties. The thermoelectric connection and the number of thermoelements have been addressed as well as the optimum proportion of high-temperature material for a given thermoelectric heat exchanger. TEG output power has been estimated for a typical commercial vehicle at 90°C coolant temperature.

Espinosa, N.; Lazard, M.; Aixala, L.; Scherrer, H.

2010-09-01

82

Emitted radiation characteristics of plutonium dioxide radioisotope thermoelectric generators  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The nuclear and emitted radiation characteristics of the radioisotope elements and impurities in commercial grade plutonium dioxide are presented in detail. The development of the methods of analysis are presented. Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG) of 1575, 3468 and 5679 thermal watts are characterized with respect to neutron and gamma photon source strength as well as spatial and number flux distribution. The results are presented as a function of detector position and light element contamination concentration for fuel age ranging from 'fresh' to 18 years. The data may be used to obtain results for given O-18 and Pu-236 concentrations. The neutron and gamma photon flux and dose calculations compare favorably with reported experimental values for SNAP-27.

Gingo, P. J.; Steyn, J. J.

1971-01-01

83

Aircraft-Specific Thermoelectric Generator Module  

Microsoft Academic Search

Autonomous sensor nodes for wireless sensor networks are currently under discussion for aircraft structural health monitoring.\\u000a Self-sufficient operation of a sensor node requires a positive power budget for sensing, processing, and communication tasks.\\u000a Energy harvesting for autonomous powering by thermoelectric devices depends strongly on maintaining the temperature difference\\u000a within the aircraft operation envelope. Aircraft pass through huge outside temperature variations

D. Samson; T. Otterpohl; M. Kluge; U. Schmid; Th. Becker

2010-01-01

84

Novel nanocomposite synthesis for high-performance thermoelectrics.  

E-print Network

??Thermoelectric materials are playing a larger role in the global effort to develop diverse, efficient, and sustainable energy technologies: primarily through power-generating thermoelectric modules. The… (more)

Eilertsen, James S.

2011-01-01

85

Micromachined CMOS thermoelectric generators as on-chip power supply  

Microsoft Academic Search

As the power consumption of a large number of microelectronic devices has been continuously reduced in recent years, power supply units of a few microwatts have become sufficient for their operation. Our improved micro-scale thermoelectric generator (?-TEG) is based on polysilicon surface micromachining and is designed to convert waste heat into electrical power. Since this device is compatible with standard

M. Strasser; R. Aigner; C. Lauterbach; T. F. Sturm; M. Franosch; G. Wachutka

2004-01-01

86

Small-Scale Pellet Boiler with Thermoelectric Generator  

Microsoft Academic Search

Pellet boilers need auxiliary electrical power to provide CO2 -balanced heat in a comfortable and environment-friendly way. The idea is to produce this and some extra electricity within the furnace in order to save resources and to gain operation reliability and independency. Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) allow direct conversion of heat to electrical power. They have the advantage of a long

Wilhelm Moser; Gunther Friedl; Walter Haslinger; Hermann Hofbauer

2006-01-01

87

Optimization of Cooling Unit Design for Automotive Exhaust-Based Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Integrating a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) into the engine cooling system has various advantages including reducing additional mechanical parts, and saving energy and space for automotive applications. Based on performance parameters of the engine and thermoelectric modules, three different TEC configurations called plate-shape, stripe-shape, and diamond-shape are constructed with development of simulations of the different TECs and the performance of the circulating coolant. Based on these simulations, the velocity, pressure, and temperature fields of the coolant are obtained for further research. Besides, the temperature of the TEC and the output power of the thermoelectric generator (TEG) are acquired experimentally. Comparing the working performance of the different TECs, the simulation and experimental results show that the TEG using the diamond-shaped TEC achieves a relatively ideal performance. Finally, some measures are proposed to improve the cooling system, providing guidelines for future research.

Su, C. Q.; Xu, M.; Wang, W. S.; Deng, Y. D.; Liu, X.; Tang, Z. B.

2015-01-01

88

Thermoelectric Generator Used in Fire-Alarm Temperature Sensing  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Here we present a thermoelectric (TE) generator used in fire-alarm temperature sensing. The TE module, a core component of this generator, has a sandwich-like structure consisting of a Cu/Sn95Ag5/coated Ni/sprayed Ni/TE/sprayed Ni/coated Ni/Sn95Ag5/Cu multilayer that exhibits a low internal resistance of 5.5 ? to 5.9 ? and a contact resistance of 0.51 ? to 0.91 ? at room temperature (RT), enabling the TE generator to attain an open-circuit voltage (V op) of 1.50 V at RT and 2.97 V at ~90°C. Moreover, its maximum output power (p max) was estimated to be 11.6 mW and 428.7 mW, respectively, for a temperature difference (?T) of 9.3°C and 52.9°C. These values are comparable to those for the bulk TE generator developed by Thermonamic. According to these figures, we obtain corresponding power densities of ~7.25 × 103 nW/mm2 and 2.68 × 105 nW/mm2, respectively. Although there is still much room to improve the performance of the generator when the source temperature rises above 90°C, the output voltages and maximum output powers attained in the current testing conditions are large enough to drive small electronic devices such as fire-alarm systems etc. Therefore, it is believed that the fabrication technology and designed structure of the generator are appropriate for such applications.

Wu, Wenchang; Du, Zhengliang; Cui, Jiaolin; Shi, Zhongtao; Deng, Yuan

2015-01-01

89

Development of Thermoelectric Devices for Structural Composites.  

E-print Network

??The study presented in this thesis covers a multiple methods for manufacturing thermoelectric structural composites for waste heat energy harvesting efficiently. Various attempts to fabricate… (more)

Nattiyatharil Panachaveettil, Oonnittan Jacob

2011-01-01

90

Radioisotope thermoelectric generator licensed hardware package and certification tests  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents the Licensed Hardware package and the Certification Test portions of the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator Transportation System. This package has been designed to meet those portions of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 71) relating to 'Type B' shipments of radioactive materials. The detailed information for the anticipated license is presented in the safety analysis report for packaging, which is now in process and undergoing necessary reviews. As part of the licensing process, a full-size Certification Test Article unit, which has modifications slightly different than the Licensed Hardware or production shipping units, is used for testing. Dimensional checks of the Certification Test Article were made at the manufacturing facility. Leak testing and drop testing were done at the 300 Area of the US Department of Energy's Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. The hardware includes independent double containments to prevent the environmental spread of Pu-238, impact limiting devices to protect portions of the package from impacts, and thermal insulation to protect the seal areas from excess heat during accident conditions. The package also features electronic feed-throughs to monitor the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator's temperature inside the containment during the shipment cycle. This package is designed to safely dissipate the typical 4500 thermal watts produced in the largest Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators. The package also contains provisions to ensure leak tightness when radioactive materials, such as a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator for the Cassini Mission, planned for 1997 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, are being prepared for shipment. These provisions include test ports used in conjunction with helium mass spectrometers to determine seal leakage rates of each containment during the assembly process.

Goldmann, L. H.; Averette, H. S.

1994-09-01

91

Acoustic Optimization of Automotive Exhaust Heat Thermoelectric Generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The potential for thermoelectric exhaust heat recovery in vehicles has been increasing with recent advances in the efficiency of thermoelectric generators (TEGs). This study analyzes the acoustic attenuation performance of exhaust-based TEGs. The acoustic characteristics of two different thermal designs of exhaust gas heat exchanger in TEGs are discussed in terms of transmission loss and acoustic insertion loss. GT-Power simulations and bench tests on a dynamometer with a high-performance production engine are carried out. Results indicate that the acoustic attenuation of TEGs could be determined and optimized. In addition, the feasibility of integration of exhaust-based TEGs and engine mufflers into the exhaust line is tested, which can help to reduce space and improve vehicle integration.

Su, C. Q.; Ye, B. Q.; Guo, X.; Hui, P.

2012-06-01

92

High-efficiency photovoltaic technology including thermoelectric generation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nowadays, photovoltaic solar energy is a clean and reliable source for producing electric power. Most photovoltaic systems have been designed and built up for use in applications with low power requirements. The efficiency of solar cells is quite low, obtaining best results in monocrystalline silicon structures, with an efficiency of about 18%. When temperature rises, photovoltaic cell efficiency decreases, given that the short-circuit current is slightly increased, and the open-circuit voltage, fill factor and power output are reduced. To ensure that this does not affect performance, this paper describes how to interconnect photovoltaic and thermoelectric technology into a single structure. The temperature gradient in the solar panel is used to supply thermoelectric cells, which generate electricity, achieving a positive contribution to the total balance of the complete system.

Fisac, Miguel; Villasevil, Francesc X.; López, Antonio M.

2014-04-01

93

Stresa, Italy, 26-28 April 2006 ENERGY CONVERSION USING NEW THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR  

E-print Network

of merit (ZT) of the materials [2] used in fabrication of the thermoelectric device. Recent developments thermoelectric materials (TE) are here bismuth and antimony. Both Bi and Sb are semimetals, that is with more competitive thermoelectric materials. Thus, in this paper we review a wafer technology approach

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

94

New materials and devices for thermoelectric applications  

Microsoft Academic Search

New high efficiency thermoelectric materials with ZT values substantially larger than 1.0 have been recently developed. The successful development of a segmented thermoelectric generator utilizing a combination of state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials and these novel thermoelectric materials could result in a high thermal-to-electric materials conversion efficiency over 19%. This is because the new thermoelectric materials have a higher average ZT value

Jean-Pierre Fleurial; Alex Borshchevsky; Thierry Caillat; R. Ewell

1997-01-01

95

Temporal Evolution of Water Use for Thermoelectric Generation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The long lifespan of power plants (30 - 50 yr) results in the current power plant fleet representing a legacy of past variations in fuel availability and costs, water availability and water rights, and advances in technologies, such as combined cycle plants, which impact trends in water consumption. The objective of this study was to reconstruct past water consumption and withdrawal of thermoelectric generation based on data on controls, including fuel types, generator technologies, and cooling systems, using Texas as a case study and comparing with the US. Fuel sources in Texas varied over time, from predominantly natural gas in the 1960s and early 1970s to coal and nuclear sources following the 1973 oil embargo and more recently to large increases in natural gas generation (85% increase 1998 - 2004) in response to hydraulic fracturing and low natural gas prices. The dominant generator technology in Texas was steam turbines until the early 1990s; however, combined cycle plants markedly increased in the late 1990s (400% increase 1998 - 2004). Proliferation of cooling ponds in Texas, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s (340% increase) reflects availability of large quantities of unappropriated surface water and increases in water rights permitting during this time and lower cost and higher cooling efficiency of ponds relative to wet cooling towers. Water consumption for thermoelectricity in Texas in 2010 totaled ~0.53 km3 (0.43 million acre feet, maf), accounting for ~4% of total state water consumption. High water withdrawals (32.3 km3, 26.2 maf) mostly reflect circulation between cooling ponds and power plants. About a third of the water withdrawals is not required for cooling and reflects circulation by idling plants being used as peaking plants. Controls on water consumption include (1) generator technology/thermal efficiency and (2) cooling system resulting in statewide consumption for natural gas combined cycle generators with mostly cooling towers being 60% lower than that of traditional coal, nuclear, or natural gas steam turbine generators with mostly cooling ponds. The primary control on water withdrawals is cooling system, with ~ two orders of magnitude lower withdrawals for cooling towers relative to once-through ponds statewide. Increases in natural gas combined cycle plants with cooling towers in response to high production of low-cost natural gas has greatly reduced water demand for thermoelectric cooling since 2000. A similar approach will be applied to thermoelectric generation throughout the US using information on fuel sources, generator technologies and cooling systems to better understand current water use for thermoelectric generation based on the legacy of past drivers and long lifespans of power plants. Understanding the historical evolution of water needs for thermoelectricity should allow us to better project future water needs.

Reedy, R. C.; Scanlon, B. R.

2013-12-01

96

System and method to improve the power output and longetivity of a radioisotope thermoelectric generator  

DOEpatents

By using the helium generated by the alpha emissions of a thermoelectric generator during space travel for cooling, the thermal degradation of the thermoelectric generator can be slowed. Slowing degradation allows missions to be longer with little additional expense or payload.

Mowery, Jr., Alfred L. (Potomac, MD)

1993-01-01

97

Radioisotope thermoelectric generator licensed hardware package and certification tests  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents the Licensed Hardware package and the Certification Test portions of the Radioisitope Themoelectric Generator Transportation System. This package has been designed to meet those portions of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 71) relating to ``Type B'' shipments of radioactive materials. The licensed hardware is now in the U. S. Department of Energy licensing process that certifies the packaging's integrity under accident conditions. The detailed information for the anticipated license is presented in the safety analysis report for packaging, which is now in process and undergoing necessary reviews. As part of the licensing process, a full-size Certification Test Article unit, which has modifications slightly different than the Licensed Hardware or production shipping units, is used for testing. Dimensional checks of the Certification Test Article were made at the manufacturing facility. Leak testing and drop testing were done at the 300 Area of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. The hardware includes independent double containments to prevent the environmental spread of 238Pu, impact limiting devices to protect portions of the package from impacts, and thermal insulation to protect the seal areas from excess heat during accident conditions. The package also features electronic feed-throughs to monitor the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator's temperature inside the containment during the shipment cycle. This package is designed to safely dissipate the typical 4,500 thermal watts produced in the largest Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators. The package also contains provisions to ensure leak tightness when radioactive materials, such as a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator for the Cassini Mission, planned for 1997 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, are being prepared for shipment. These provisions include test ports used in conjunction with helium mass spectrometers to determine seal leakage rates of each containment during the assembly process.

Goldmann, Louis H.; Averette, Henry S.

1995-01-01

98

Modeling, simulation and experimental testing of the MEMS thermoelectric generators in wide range of operational conditions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The aim of this paper is to examine the performances of thermoelectric generator based on microelectromechanical systems technology (MEMS) in wide range of operational conditions. The goal is to evaluate capability of this technology for a development of an independent energy source for aircraft applications. Complex overview of MEMS TEG properties obtained by computational modeling, simulations and experimental testing is utilized to define critical phenomena of MEMS TEG technology.

Ancik, Z.; Vlach, R.; Janak, L.; Kopecek, P.; Hadas, Z.

2013-05-01

99

Fabrication of Flat Plate Solar Thermoelectric Generator Panels for Near-Earth Orbits  

Microsoft Academic Search

A practical thermomechanical configurational design was developed for flat plate thermoelectric generator unit couples (approximately 1 inch by 1 inch) and panels (approximately 3 inches by 3 inches). An account of the techniques used in fabricating these solar energy conversion devices is given. Resulting unit couples provide 3 watts\\/ft2 with a weight factor of 30 watts\\/lb for the couple and

F. K. Eggleston; N. Fuschillo

1965-01-01

100

Modular Analysis of Automobile Exhaust Thermoelectric Power Generation System  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, an automobile exhaust thermoelectric power generation system is packaged into a model with its own operating principles. The inputs are the engine speed and power, and the output is the power generated by the system. The model is divided into two submodels. One is the inlet temperature submodel, and the other is the power generation submodel. An experimental data modeling method is adopted to construct the inlet temperature submodel, and a theoretical modeling method is adopted to construct the power generation submodel. After modeling, simulation is conducted under various engine operating conditions to determine the variation of the power generated by the system. Finally, the model is embedded into a Honda Insight vehicle model to explore the energy-saving effect of the system on the vehicle under Economic Commission for Europe and cyc-constant_60 driving cycles.

Deng, Y. D.; Zhang, Y.; Su, C. Q.

2014-10-01

101

Design optimization of a microfluidic-integrated thermoelectric power generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper we present the design optimization of an emerging concept, the employment of a microfluidic channel as the heat sink in a thermoelectric generator. This combination shows its superiority particularly when the heat source experiences small temperature changes, rendering the generator unable to enhance its performance and hence imposing a constraint on the generated power. The proposed simulation model, which is composed of 100 pairs of polysilicon thermocouples, is integrated with a rectangular polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannel heat sink. The choice of the employed coolant is silicone oil. The efforts to predict the optimized performance of the model are based on the lengths of the thermo-elements, channel geometry, coolant flow rate, as well as the temperature difference between the heat source and heat sink. The ultimate simulation results of the optimized thermoelectric generator reveal a voltage efficiency factor as high as 11.752 V cm-2 K-1 and a power efficiency factor as high as 0.2377 ?W cm-2 K-2.

Heng, Yeh En; Abd Manaf, Asrulnizam; Lee, Sze Sing

2014-08-01

102

Voltage-Current Curves to Characterize Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There are many ways to experimentally characterize thermoelectric generator (TEG) performance, but most methods provide an incomplete picture. The authors propose using voltage-current (V-I) curves generated at two different thermal conditions to provide an estimation of maximum power, optimum efficiency, ZT of the device, and thermal resistance due to ceramics and thermal interface materials on the outside of the thermoelectric material (HSR). The two thermal conditions are both steady state, electrically open in one case and electrically shorted in the other, and the heat flow into the device is adjusted to keep the hot-side and cold-side temperatures of the exterior of the module the same in both thermal conditions. The V-I curves are generated from four data points by instantaneously changing the external electrical load such that the TEG does not have time to respond thermally. After these two V-I curves are generated, the performance at any electrical condition can be predicted for the given hot-side and cold-side device temperatures. The authors present experimental data for a bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) device as verification of this characterization method.

McCarty, Robin; Piper, Robert

2015-01-01

103

Thermoelectric power generation from biomass cook stoves  

Microsoft Academic Search

The use of biomass cook stoves is widespread in the rural communities of developing countries. It is important to improve the efficiency of these stoves in order to reduce the global warming contribution. An improved biomass fired stove has been developed in our laboratory and a prototype has been built. The combustion chamber is designed to achieve the almost complete

D. Champier; J. P. Bedecarrats; M. Rivaletto; F. Strub

2010-01-01

104

Procurement of a fully licensed radioisotope thermoelectric generator transportation system  

SciTech Connect

A fully licensed transportation system for Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators and Light-Weight Radioisotope Heater Units is currently being designed and built. The system will comply with all applicable US Department of Transportation regulations without the use of a DOE Alternative.'' The US Department of Transportation has special double containment'' requirements for plutonium. The system packaging uses a doubly contained bell jar'' concept. A refrigerated trailer is used for cooling the high-heat payloads. The same packaging is used for both high- and low-heat payloads. The system is scheduled to be available for use by mid-1992. 4 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

Adkins, H.E.; Bearden, T.E.

1990-10-01

105

Power Delivery from an Actual Thermoelectric Generation System  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Similar to photovoltaic (PV) and fuel cells, thermoelectric generators (TEGs) supply direct-current (DC) power, essentially requiring DC/alternating current (AC) conversion for delivery as electricity into the grid network. Use of PVs is already well established through power conditioning systems (PCSs) that enable DC/AC conversion with maximum-power-point tracking, which enables commercial use by customers. From the economic, legal, and regulatory perspectives, a commercial PCS for PVs should also be available for TEGs, preferably as is or with just simple adjustment. Herein, we report use of a PV PCS with an actual TEG. The results are analyzed, and proper application for TEGs is proposed.

Kaibe, Hiromasa; Kajihara, Takeshi; Nagano, Kouji; Makino, Kazuya; Hachiuma, Hirokuni; Natsuume, Daisuke

2014-06-01

106

Thermoelectric generator fabricated via laser-induced forward transfer M.Feinaeugle1  

E-print Network

Thermoelectric generator fabricated via laser-induced forward transfer M.Feinaeugle1 , C.L. Sones1 of a thermoelectric generator with the rapid, lithography-less technique of laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT), performed under ambient conditions. LIFT is a laser-assisted method for the transfer of materials

107

Thermoelectric energy converter for generation of electricity from low-grade heat  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric energy conversion device which includes a plurality of thermoelectric elements is described. A hot liquid is supplied to one side of each element and a cold liquid is supplied to the other side of each element. The thermoelectric generator may be utilized to produce power from low-grade heat sources such as ocean thermal gradients, solar ponds, and low-grade geothermal resources. (WHK)

Jayadev, T.S.; Benson, D.K.

1980-05-27

108

A thermoelectric generator using porous Si thermal isolation.  

PubMed

In this paper we report on a thermoelectric generator (TEG) using thermal isolation provided by a thick porous Si layer locally formed on the Si wafer and thermocouples composed of p-doped polycrystalline Si/Al. The "hot" contacts of the thermocouples lie on the porous Si layer, while the "cold" contacts lie on bulk crystalline Si. A housing was also designed and fabricated in order to transfer any external temperature change on the "hot" contacts of the thermocouples, the "cold" contacts being isolated from the "hot" contacts by a thick resist layer. The fabrication of the sensing element (Si die) is fully compatible with batch Si processing. The output power of the thermoelectric generator depends on the porous Si isolation layer thickness, porosity, structure and morphology. For a mesoporous Si layer of 60% porosity and a macroscopic temperature differential of 10 K, an output power of 0.39 ?W/cm2 was measured for a 50 ?m thick porous Si layer. PMID:24152923

Hourdakis, Emmanouel; Nassiopoulou, Androula G

2013-01-01

109

A Thermoelectric Generator Using Porous Si Thermal Isolation  

PubMed Central

In this paper we report on a thermoelectric generator (TEG) using thermal isolation provided by a thick porous Si layer locally formed on the Si wafer and thermocouples composed of p-doped polycrystalline Si/Al. The “hot” contacts of the thermocouples lie on the porous Si layer, while the “cold” contacts lie on bulk crystalline Si. A housing was also designed and fabricated in order to transfer any external temperature change on the “hot” contacts of the thermocouples, the “cold” contacts being isolated from the “hot” contacts by a thick resist layer. The fabrication of the sensing element (Si die) is fully compatible with batch Si processing. The output power of the thermoelectric generator depends on the porous Si isolation layer thickness, porosity, structure and morphology. For a mesoporous Si layer of 60% porosity and a macroscopic temperature differential of 10 K, an output power of 0.39 ?W/cm2 was measured for a 50 ?m thick porous Si layer. PMID:24152923

Hourdakis, Emmanouel; Nassiopoulou, Androula G.

2013-01-01

110

Monolithic oxide-metal composite thermoelectric generators for energy harvesting  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Monolithic oxide-metal composite thermoelectric generators (TEGs) were fabricated using multilayer co-fired ceramic technology. These devices consisted of Ni0.9Mo0.1 and La0.035Sr0.965TiO3 as p- and n-type thermoelectric materials, and Y0.03Zr0.97O2 was used as an insulator, sandwiched between p- and n-type layers. To co-fire dissimilar materials, p-type layers contained 20 wt. % La0.035Sr0.965TiO3; thus, these were oxide-metal composite layers. The fabricated device had 50 pairs of p-i-n junctions of 5.9 mm × 7.0 mm × 2.6 mm. The calculated maximum value of the electric power output from the device was 450 mW/cm2 at ?T = 360 K. Furthermore, this device generated 100 ?W at ?T = 10 K and operated a radio frequency (RF) transmitter circuit module assumed to be a sensor network system.

Funahashi, Shuichi; Nakamura, Takanori; Kageyama, Keisuke; Ieki, Hideharu

2011-06-01

111

Optimized working conditions for a thermoelectric generator as a topping cycle for gas turbines  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents a model for a theoretical maximum efficiency of a thermoelectric generator integrated with a Brayton-cycle engine. The thermoelectric cycle is presented in two configurations as a topping cycle and a preheating topping cycle. For the topping cycle configuration, the thermoelectric generator receives heat from a high-temperature heat source and produces electrical work before rejecting heat to a Brayton cycle. For the preheating topping cycle, the rejected heat from the thermoelectric generator partially heats the compressed working fluid of the Brayton cycle before a secondary heater delivers heat to the working fluid directly from the heat source. The thermoelectric topping cycle efficiency increases as the temperature difference between the hot- and cold-side increases; however, this limits the heat transfer possible to the Brayton cycle, which in turn reduces power generation from the Brayton cycle. This model identifies the optimum operating parameters of the thermoelectric and Brayton cycles to obtain the maximum thermal efficiency of the combined cycle. In both configurations, efficiency gains are larger at low-temperature Brayton cycles. Although a thermoelectric generator (TEG) topping cycle enhances efficiency for a low temperature turbine, efficiency cannot exceed a high temperature gas turbine. Using a TEG topping cycle is limited to cases when space or price for a high temperature turbine cannot be justified. A design to achieve the preheating thermoelectric topping cycle is also presented.

Brady Knowles, C.; Lee, Hohyun

2012-10-01

112

A Novel Optimization Method for the Electric Topology of Thermoelectric Modules Used in an Automobile Exhaust Thermoelectric Generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Based on Bi2Te3 thermoelectric modules, a kind of automobile exhaust thermoelectric generator (AETEG) with a single-column cold-source structure was designed. To enhance its net power and efficiency, the output performance of all the thermoelectric modules was tested with a temperature monitoring unit and voltage monitoring unit, and modeled using a back-propagation (BP) neural network based on various hot-source temperatures, cold-source temperatures, load currents, and contact pressures according to the temperature distribution of the designed heat exchanger and cooling system. Then, their electric topology (series or parallel hybrid) was optimized using a genetic algorithm to achieve the maximum peak power of the AETEG. From the experimental results, compared with when all the thermoelectric modules were connected only in series or parallel at random, it is concluded that the AETEG performance is evidently affected by the electric topology of all the single thermoelectric modules. The optimized AETEG output power is greatly superior to the other two investigated designs, validating the proposed optimized electric topology as both feasible and practical.

Quan, Rui; Tang, Xinfeng; Quan, Shuhai; Huang, Liang

2013-07-01

113

Thermoelectric Generators for Automotive Waste Heat Recovery Systems Part I: Numerical Modeling and Baseline Model Analysis  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A numerical model has been developed to simulate coupled thermal and electrical energy transfer processes in a thermoelectric generator (TEG) designed for automotive waste heat recovery systems. This model is capable of computing the overall heat transferred, the electrical power output, and the associated pressure drop for given inlet conditions of the exhaust gas and the available TEG volume. Multiple-filled skutterudites and conventional bismuth telluride are considered for thermoelectric modules (TEMs) for conversion of waste heat from exhaust into usable electrical power. Heat transfer between the hot exhaust gas and the hot side of the TEMs is enhanced with the use of a plate-fin heat exchanger integrated within the TEG and using liquid coolant on the cold side. The TEG is discretized along the exhaust flow direction using a finite-volume method. Each control volume is modeled as a thermal resistance network which consists of integrated submodels including a heat exchanger and a thermoelectric device. The pressure drop along the TEG is calculated using standard pressure loss correlations and viscous drag models. The model is validated to preserve global energy balances and is applied to analyze a prototype TEG with data provided by General Motors. Detailed results are provided for local and global heat transfer and electric power generation. In the companion paper, the model is then applied to consider various TEG topologies using skutterudite and bismuth telluride TEMs.

Kumar, Sumeet; Heister, Stephen D.; Xu, Xianfan; Salvador, James R.; Meisner, Gregory P.

2013-04-01

114

SP100 thermoelectric converter technology development  

Microsoft Academic Search

The SP-100 thermoelectric power converter utilizes reactor-delivered heat and transforms it into usable electric power by purely static means. The converter features conduction coupling of TE cells to both the heat source and the heat rejection elements. The conduction coupling technique offers significant improvement in the system specific power since it avoids the losses associated with parasitic Delta(T)s across the

D. N. Matteo; J. A. Bond; R. J. Rosko

1992-01-01

115

Heat-Pipe-Associated Localized Thermoelectric Power Generation System  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present study focused on how to improve the maximum power output of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) system and move heat to any suitable space using a TEG associated with a loop thermosyphon (loop-type heat pipe). An experimental study was carried out to investigate the power output, the temperature difference of the thermoelectric module (TEM), and the heat transfer performance associated with the characteristic of the researched heat pipe. Currently, internal combustion engines lose more than 35% of their fuel energy as recyclable heat in the exhaust gas, but it is not easy to recycle waste heat using TEGs because of the limited space in vehicles. There are various advantages to use of TEGs over other power sources, such as the absence of moving parts, a long lifetime, and a compact system configuration. The present study presents a novel TEG concept to transfer heat from the heat source to the sink. This technology can transfer waste heat to any location. This simple and novel design for a TEG can be applied to future hybrid cars. The present TEG system with a heat pipe can transfer heat and generate power of around 1.8 V with T TEM = 58°C. The heat transfer performance of a loop-type heat pipe with various working fluids was investigated, with water at high heat flux (90 W) and 0.05% TiO2 nanofluid at low heat flux (30 W to 70 W) showing the best performance in terms of power generation. The heat pipe can transfer the heat to any location where the TEM is installed.

Kim, Pan-Jo; Rhi, Seok-Ho; Lee, Kye-Bock; Hwang, Hyun-Chang; Lee, Ji-Su; Jang, Ju-Chan; Lee, Wook-Hyun; Lee, Ki-Woo

2014-06-01

116

On the Placement of Thermoelectric Generators in Automobiles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The placement of thermoelectric generators (TEGs) in vehicles is analyzed, taking into account the interaction of the TEG with the internal combustion engine (ICE). Alternative locations of the TEG directly in the ICE, on the exhaust pipe, and on the cooling system are considered. In all three cases there is a conflict between the two thermal machines, which reduces the total efficiency of the thermodynamic (ICE + TEG) system. It is shown that the cause of the conflict is the low efficiency of the TEG ( ? TEG < 0.05) compared with that of the ICE ( ? TEG < 0.4); this conflict increases with the net power W e and decreases with increasing ? TEG. For this reason, attainable values of W e, as well as waste heat recovery in cars by the TEG, are significantly limited. Also, some problems of finding materials for automotive TEGs and ways to suppress the parasitic Thomson effect in TEG legs are discussed.

Korzhuev, M. A.; Katin, I. V.

2010-09-01

117

Complex thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermoelectric materials, which can generate electricity from waste heat or be used as solid-state Peltier coolers, could play an important role in a global sustainable energy solution. Such a development is contingent on identifying materials with higher thermoelectric efficiency than available at present, which is a challenge owing to the conflicting combination of material traits that are required. Nevertheless, because

Eric S. Toberer; G. Jeffrey Snyder

2008-01-01

118

Study of a thermoelectric system equipped with a maximum power point tracker for stand-alone electric generation.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

According to the International Energy Agency, 1.4 billion people are without electricity in the poorest countries and 2.5 billion people rely on biomass to meet their energy needs for cooking in developing countries. The use of cooking stoves equipped with small thermoelectric generator to provide electricity for basic needs (LED, cell phone and radio charging device) is probably a solution for houses far from the power grid. The cost of connecting every house with a landline is a lot higher than dropping thermoelectric generator in each house. Thermoelectric generators have very low efficiency but for isolated houses, they might become really competitive. Our laboratory works in collaboration with plane`te-bois (a non governmental organization) which has developed energy-efficient multifunction (cooking and hot water) stoves based on traditional stoves designs. A prototype of a thermoelectric generator (Bismuth Telluride) has been designed to convert a small part of the energy heating the sanitary water into electricity. This generator can produce up to 10 watts on an adapted load. Storing this energy in a battery is necessary as the cooking stove only works a few hours each day. As the working point of the stove varies a lot during the use it is also necessary to regulate the electrical power. An electric DC DC converter has been developed with a maximum power point tracker (MPPT) in order to have a good efficiency of the electronic part of the thermoelectric generator. The theoretical efficiency of the MMPT converter is discussed. First results obtained with a hot gas generator simulating the exhaust of the combustion chamber of a cooking stove are presented in the paper.

Favarel, C.; Champier, D.; Bédécarrats, J. P.; Kousksou, T.; Strub, F.

2012-06-01

119

Fabrication and Characterization of CMOS-MEMS Thermoelectric Micro Generators  

PubMed Central

This work presents a thermoelectric micro generator fabricated by the commercial 0.35 ?m complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process and the post-CMOS process. The micro generator is composed of 24 thermocouples in series. Each thermocouple is constructed by p-type and n-type polysilicon strips. The output power of the generator depends on the temperature difference between the hot and cold parts in the thermocouples. In order to prevent heat-receiving in the cold part in the thermocouples, the cold part is covered with a silicon dioxide layer with low thermal conductivity to insulate the heat source. The hot part of the thermocouples is suspended and connected to an aluminum plate, to increases the heat-receiving area in the hot part. The generator requires a post-CMOS process to release the suspended structures. The post-CMOS process uses an anisotropic dry etching to remove the oxide sacrificial layer and an isotropic dry etching to etch the silicon substrate. Experimental results show that the micro generator has an output voltage of 67 ?V at the temperature difference of 1 K. PMID:22205869

Kao, Pin-Hsu; Shih, Po-Jen; Dai, Ching-Liang; Liu, Mao-Chen

2010-01-01

120

High efficiency thermoelectric power generation using Zintl-type materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The invention disclosed herein relates to thermoelectrically-active p-type Zintl phase materials as well as devices utilizing such compounds. Such thermoelectric materials and devices may be used to convert thermal energy into electrical energy, or use electrical energy to produce heat or refrigeration. Embodiments of the invention relate to p-type thermoelectric materials related to the compound Yb.sub.14MnSb.sub.11.

Snyder, G. Jeffrey (Inventor); Gascoin, Franck (Inventor); Brown, Shawna (Inventor); Kauzlarich, Susan (Inventor)

2010-01-01

121

ENERGY PAYBACK OPTIMIZATION OF THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATOR SYSTEMS  

E-print Network

and the heat sink. Thermoelectric element aspect ratio and fill factor are found to be key parameters is equally significant as thermoelement. For a given heat source, the co-optimization of the heat sink and the thermoelectric module should be performed. Active cooling and the design of the heat sink are customized to find

122

Heat exchanger design for thermoelectric electricity generation from low temperature flue gas streams  

E-print Network

An air-to-oil heat exchanger was modeled and optimized for use in a system utilizing a thermoelectric generator to convert low grade waste heat in flue gas streams to electricity. The NTU-effectiveness method, exergy, and ...

Latcham, Jacob G. (Jacob Greco)

2009-01-01

123

New approaches to interfacing thermoelectric generators to the load bus in a nuclear space vehicle  

E-print Network

NEW APPROACHES TO INTERFACING THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS TO THE LOAD BUS IN A NUCLEAR SPACE VEHICLE A Thesis PAUL LEROY BROHLIN Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas ARM University in partial fulfillment of the requirement... for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE December 1988 Major Subject: Electrical Engineering NEW APPROACHES TO INTERFACING THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS TO THE LOAD BUS IN A NUCLEAR SPACE VEHICLE A Thesis PAUL LEROY BROHLIN Approved as to style and content by...

Brohlin, Paul LeRoy

1988-01-01

124

Modeling and Simulations on the Intramural Thermoelectric Generator of Lower-Re-fluid  

Microsoft Academic Search

\\u000a The thermoelectric conversion with lower Renault number (Re) fluid, such as waste heat from industry boiler, and engine’s\\u000a circled cooling water, which can be designed as intramural generator structure. In this research, a thermoelectric project\\u000a analysis model and the description of an intensified system are presented, its generator with the aligned or staggered platoon\\u000a structure has strengthened heat-transfer property, and

Zheng Zhang; Ding Zheng; Yushan Chen

2011-01-01

125

Model building of thermoelectric generator exposed to dynamic transient sources  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents the modeling of thermal and power generation behavior of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) exposed to transient sources. Most of the previous research concerned the analysis for steady-state behavior which only involves constant temperature value. However, in practice, the temperature of the TEG input fluctuates with time. Therefore this research will look into a focal point on transient heat sources that is being supplied to the hot junction with natural convection cooling process at the cold junction for single and multiple configuration of TEG. The model obtained the data from existing experiments with predicted various conditions of temperature, heat gradient, internal resistance and current attribute of TEG. Transient analysis on single TEG has shown that the value of Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity and figure-of-merit vary with the value of cold side temperature. When the ratio between the load and the internal resistance increases, the voltage increases. By considering the multiple TEGs, the matched voltage shows different values when the number of cascaded TEGs is varied. The simulation results have proven that the variation in the number of cascaded TEGs can be used to determine the output power characteristics of a TEG.

Yusop, A. Md; Mohamed, R.; Ayob, A.

2013-12-01

126

Wearable thermoelectric generator for harvesting human body heat energy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents the realization of a wearable thermoelectric generator (TEG) in fabric for use in clothing. A TEG was fabricated by dispenser printing of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 and Bi2Se0.3Te2.7 in a polymer-based fabric. The prototype consisted of 12 thermocouples connected by conductive thread over an area of 6 × 25 mm2. The device generated a power of 224 nW for a temperature difference of 15 K. When the TEG was used on the human body, the measured output power was 224 nW in an ambient temperature of 5 °C. The power of the TEG was affected by the movement of the wearer. A higher voltage was maintained while walking than in a stationary state. In addition, the device did not deform after it was bent and stretched several times. The prospect of using the TEG in clothing applications was confirmed under realistic conditions.

Kim, Min-Ki; Kim, Myoung-Soo; Lee, Seok; Kim, Chulki; Kim, Yong-Jun

2014-10-01

127

Terahertz generation and picosecond photo-thermoelectric currents in graphene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We demonstrate that THz radiation is generated in optically pumped bilayer graphene. The electro-magnetic radiation is detected via a time-domain THz spectroscopy utilizing coplanar metal stripline circuits in combination with an on-chip pump/probe scheme [1]. The striplines act as highly sensitive near-field antennae with a bandwidth of up to 1 THz. Our ultrafast experiments further clarify the optoelectronic mechanisms contributing to the photocurrent generation at graphene-metal interfaces. We verify that both built-in electric fields, similar to those in semiconductor-metal interfaces, and a photo-thermoelectric effect give rise to the photocurrent at graphene-metal interfaces at different time scales. We particularly discuss how the picosecond photocurrents in monolayer graphene depend on the geometry and the thermal coupling of the devices to the environment [2]. We acknowledge the very fruitful cooperation with L. Prechtel, S. Manus, D. Schuh, W. Wegscheider, L. Song, and P. Ajayan.[4pt] [1] L. Prechtel, L. Song, P. Ajayan, D. Schuh, W. Wegscheider, A.W. Holleitner, Nature Communications 3, 646 (2012).[0pt] [2] A. Brenneis et al. (2013).

Holleitner, Alexander

2013-03-01

128

Transitioning to Zero Freshwater Withdrawal for Thermoelectric Generation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The electricity sector is the largest withdrawer of freshwater in the United States. The primary demand for water from the electricity sector is for cooling thermoelectric power plants. Droughts and potential changes in water resources resulting from climate change pose important risks to thermoelectric power production in the United States. Power plants can minimize risk in a variety of ways. One method of reducing risk is to move away from dependency on freshwater resources. Here a scoping level analysis is performed to identify the technical tradeoffs and initial cost estimates for retrofitting all existing steam-powered generation to achieve zero freshwater withdrawal. Specifically, the conversion of existing freshwater-cooled plants to dry cooling or a wet cooling system utilizing non-potable water is considered. The least cost alternative is determined for each of the 1,178 freshwater using power plants in the United States. The use of non-potable water resources, such as municipal wastewater and shallow brackish groundwater, is considered based on the availability and proximity of those resources to the power plant, as well as the costs to transport and treat those resources to an acceptable level. The projected increase in levelized cost of electricity due to power plant retrofits ranges roughly from 0.20 to 20/MWh with a median value of 3.53/MWh. With a wholesale price of electricity running about 35/MWh, many retrofits could be accomplished at levels that would add less than 10% to current power plant generation expenses. Such retrofits could alleviate power plant vulnerabilities to thermal discharge limits in times of drought (particularly in the East) and would save 3.2 Mm3/d of freshwater consumption in watersheds with limited water availability (principally in the West). The estimated impact of retrofits on wastewater and brackish water supply is minimal requiring only a fraction of the available resource. Total parasitic energy requirements to achieve zero freshwater withdrawal are estimated at 140 million MWh or roughly 4.5% of the initial production from the retrofitted plants.

Macknick, J.; Tidwell, V. C.; Zemlick, K. M.; Sanchez, J.; Woldeyesus, T.

2013-12-01

129

Electrical performance analysis and economic evaluation of combined biomass cook stove thermoelectric (BITE) generator.  

PubMed

The use of biomass cook stoves is widespread in the domestic sector of developing countries, but the stoves are not efficient. To advance the versatility of the cook stove, we investigated the feasibility of adding a commercial thermoelectric (TE) module made of bismuth-telluride based materials to the stove's side wall, thereby creating a thermoelectric generator system that utilizes a proportion of the stove's waste heat. The system, a biomass cook stove thermoelectric generator (BITE), consists of a commercial TE module (Taihuaxing model TEP1-1264-3.4), a metal sheet wall which acts as one side of the stove's structure and serves as the hot side of the TE module, and a rectangular fin heat sink at the cold side of the TE module. An experimental set-up was built to evaluate the conversion efficiency at various temperature ranges. The experimental set-up revealed that the electrical power output and the conversion efficiency depended on the temperature difference between the cold and hot sides of the TE module. At a temperature difference of approximately 150 degrees C, the unit achieved a power output of 2.4W. The conversion efficiency of 3.2% was enough to drive a low power incandescent light bulb or a small portable radio. A theoretical model approximated the power output at low temperature ranges. An economic analysis indicated that the payback period tends to be very short when compared with the cost of the same power supplied by batteries. Therefore, the generator design formulated here could be used in the domestic sector. The system is not intended to compete with primary power sources but serves adequately as an emergency or backup source of power. PMID:16904888

Lertsatitthanakorn, C

2007-05-01

130

Oxide based thermoelectric materials for large scale power generation  

E-print Network

The thermoelectric (TE) devices are based on the Seebeck and Peltier effects, which describe the conversion between temperature gradient and electricity. The effectiveness of the material performance can be described by ...

Song, Yang, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008-01-01

131

High-performance flat-panel solar thermoelectric generators with high thermal concentration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The conversion of sunlight into electricity has been dominated by photovoltaic and solar thermal power generation. Photovoltaic cells are deployed widely, mostly as flat panels, whereas solar thermal electricity generation relying on optical concentrators and mechanical heat engines is only seen in large-scale power plants. Here we demonstrate a promising flat-panel solar thermal to electric power conversion technology based on the Seebeck effect and high thermal concentration, thus enabling wider applications. The developed solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) achieved a peak efficiency of 4.6% under AM1.5G (1?kW?m-2) conditions. The efficiency is 7-8 times higher than the previously reported best value for a flat-panel STEG, and is enabled by the use of high-performance nanostructured thermoelectric materials and spectrally-selective solar absorbers in an innovative design that exploits high thermal concentration in an evacuated environment. Our work opens up a promising new approach which has the potential to achieve cost-effective conversion of solar energy into electricity.

Kraemer, Daniel; Poudel, Bed; Feng, Hsien-Ping; Caylor, J. Christopher; Yu, Bo; Yan, Xiao; Ma, Yi; Wang, Xiaowei; Wang, Dezhi; Muto, Andrew; McEnaney, Kenneth; Chiesa, Matteo; Ren, Zhifeng; Chen, Gang

2011-07-01

132

High-performance flat-panel solar thermoelectric generators with high thermal concentration.  

PubMed

The conversion of sunlight into electricity has been dominated by photovoltaic and solar thermal power generation. Photovoltaic cells are deployed widely, mostly as flat panels, whereas solar thermal electricity generation relying on optical concentrators and mechanical heat engines is only seen in large-scale power plants. Here we demonstrate a promising flat-panel solar thermal to electric power conversion technology based on the Seebeck effect and high thermal concentration, thus enabling wider applications. The developed solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) achieved a peak efficiency of 4.6% under AM1.5G (1 kW m(-2)) conditions. The efficiency is 7-8 times higher than the previously reported best value for a flat-panel STEG, and is enabled by the use of high-performance nanostructured thermoelectric materials and spectrally-selective solar absorbers in an innovative design that exploits high thermal concentration in an evacuated environment. Our work opens up a promising new approach which has the potential to achieve cost-effective conversion of solar energy into electricity. PMID:21532584

Kraemer, Daniel; Poudel, Bed; Feng, Hsien-Ping; Caylor, J Christopher; Yu, Bo; Yan, Xiao; Ma, Yi; Wang, Xiaowei; Wang, Dezhi; Muto, Andrew; McEnaney, Kenneth; Chiesa, Matteo; Ren, Zhifeng; Chen, Gang

2011-07-01

133

Some issues of history and prospects of thermoelectricity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work analyzes the approaches that had led to the discovery of thermoelectricity and a generalized approach in the description of thermoelectric power conversion based on the induction of thermoelectric currents. Possibilities of thermal generators contribution to "green" technologies, in particular, to waste heat recovery from heat engines are analyzed. Tellurium problem and the ways of tackling it are considered. Attention is focused on the efficiency of computer methods for designing thermoelectric devices. The outlook for progress of thermoelectricity in measuring technique is considered. The information on the organizations and specialists in thermoelectricity is provided. The necessity of purposeful training specialists in thermoelectricity for its more successful development is emphasized.

Anatychuk, L.

2012-06-01

134

Thermal vacuum life test facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the late 1970's, the Department of Energy (DOE) assigned Monsanto Research Corporation, Mound Facility, now operated by EG and G Mound Applied Technologies, the responsibility for assembling and testing General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs). Assembled and tested were five RTGs, which included four flight units and one non-flight qualification unit. Figure 1 shows the RTG, which was designed by General Electric AstroSpace Division (GE/ASD) to produce 285 W of electrical power. A detailed description of the processes for RTG assembly and testing is presented by Amos and Goebel (1989). The RTG performance data are described by Bennett, et al., (1986). The flight units will provide electrical power for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Galileo mission to Jupiter (two RTGs) and the joint NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Ulysses mission to study the polar regions of the sun (one RTG). The remaining flight unit will serve as the spare for both missions, and a non-flight qualification unit was assembled and tested to ensure that performance criteria were adequately met.

Deaton, R. L.; Goebel, C. J.; Amos, W. R.

135

Object-Oriented Modeling of an Energy Harvesting System Based on Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper deals with the modeling of an energy harvesting system based on thermoelectric generators (TEG), and the validation of the model by means of a test bench. TEGs are capable to improve the overall energy efficiency of energy systems, e.g. combustion engines or heating systems, by using the remaining waste heat to generate electrical power. Previously, a component-oriented model of the TEG itself was developed in Modelica® language. With this model any TEG can be described and simulated given the material properties and the physical dimension. Now, this model was extended by the surrounding components to a complete model of a thermoelectric energy harvesting system. In addition to the TEG, the model contains the cooling system, the heat source, and the power electronics. To validate the simulation model, a test bench was built and installed on an oil-fired household heating system. The paper reports results of the measurements and discusses the validity of the developed simulation models. Furthermore, the efficiency of the proposed energy harvesting system is derived and possible improvements based on design variations tested in the simulation model are proposed.

Nesarajah, Marco; Frey, Georg

136

Thermoelectric generators incorporating phase-change materials for waste heat recovery from engine exhaust  

DOEpatents

Thermoelectric devices, intended for placement in the exhaust of a hydrocarbon fuelled combustion device and particularly suited for use in the exhaust gas stream of an internal combustion engine propelling a vehicle, are described. Exhaust gas passing through the device is in thermal communication with one side of a thermoelectric module while the other side of the thermoelectric module is in thermal communication with a lower temperature environment. The heat extracted from the exhaust gasses is converted to electrical energy by the thermoelectric module. The performance of the generator is enhanced by thermally coupling the hot and cold junctions of the thermoelectric modules to phase-change materials which transform at a temperature compatible with the preferred operating temperatures of the thermoelectric modules. In a second embodiment, a plurality of thermoelectric modules, each with a preferred operating temperature and each with a uniquely-matched phase-change material may be used to compensate for the progressive lowering of the exhaust gas temperature as it traverses the length of the exhaust pipe.

Meisner, Gregory P; Yang, Jihui

2014-02-11

137

Micro/nanofabricated solid-state thermoelectric generator devices for integrated high voltage power sources  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been actively pursuing the development of thermoelectric micro/nanodevices that can be fabricated using a combination of electrochemical deposition and integrated circuit processing techniques.

Fleurial, J. P.; Snyder, G. J.; Patel, J.; Huang, C. K.; Ryan, M. A.; Averback, R.; Chen, G.; Hill, C.

2002-01-01

138

The potential impacts of climate-change policy on freshwater use in thermoelectric power generation  

E-print Network

The potential impacts of climate-change policy on freshwater use in thermoelectric power generation a price on carbon would change the mix of power plants and the amount of water they withdraw and consume to generate electricity. We analyze what these changes could entail for electricity generation in the United

Jackson, Robert B.

139

Development of Thick-Film Thermoelectric Microcoolers Using Electrochemical Deposition  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Advanced thermoelectric microdevices integrated into thermal management packages and low power, electrical source systems are of interest for a variety of space and terrestrial applications. By shrinking the size of the thermoelements, or legs, of these devices, it becomes possible to handle much higher heat fluxes, as well as operate at much lower currents and higher voltages that are more compatible with electronic components. The miniaturization of state-of-the-art thermoelectric module technology based on Bi2Te3 alloys is limited due to mechanical and manufacturing constraints for both leg dimensions (100-200 gm thick minimum) and the number of legs (100-200 legs maximum). We are investigating the development of novel microdevices combining high thermal conductivity substrate materials such as diamond, thin film metallization and patterning technology, and electrochemical deposition of thick thermoelectric films. It is anticipated that thermoelectric microcoolers with thousands of thermocouples and capable of pumping more than 200 W/sq cm over a 30 to 60 K temperature difference can be fabricated. In this paper, we report on our progress in developing an electrochemical deposition process for obtaining 10-50 microns thick films of Bi2Te3 and its solid solutions. Results presented here indicate that good quality n-type Bi2Te3, n-type Bi2Te(2.95)Se(0.05) and p-type Bi(0.5)Sb(1.5)Te3 thick films can be deposited by this technique. Some details about the fabrication of the miniature thermoelements are also described.

Fleurial, J.-P.; Borshchevsky, A.; Ryan, M. A.; Phillips, W. M.; Snyder, J. G.; Caillat, T.; Kolawa, E. A.; Herman, J. A.; Mueller, P.; Nicolet, M.

2000-01-01

140

Unileg Thermoelectric Generator Design for Oxide Thermoelectrics and Generalization of the Unileg Design Using an Idealized Metal  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The unileg thermoelectric generator (U-TEG) is an increasingly popular concept in the design of thermoelectric generators (TEGs). In this study, an oxide U-TEG design for high-temperature applications is introduced. For the unicouple TEG design, Ca3Co4O9 and Al-doped ZnO are used as the p- and n-leg thermoelectric materials, respectively. For the U-TEG design, constantan and Ca3Co4O9 are employed as conductor and semiconductor, respectively. The reduced current approach (RCA) technique is used to design the unicouple TEG and U-TEG in order to obtain the optimal area ratio. When both the unicouple TEG and U-TEG were subjected to a heat flux of 20 W/cm2, the volumetric power density was 0.18 W/cm3 and 0.44 W/cm3, respectively. Thermal shorting between the hot and cold sides of the generator through the highly thermally conducting conductor, which is one of the major drawbacks of the U-TEG, is overcome by using the optimal area ratio for conductor and semiconductor given by the RCA. The results are further confirmed by finite-element analysis using COMSOL Multiphysics software. Furthermore, the U-TEG design is generalized by using an idealized metal with zero Seebeck coefficient. Even though the idealized metal has no impact on the power output of the U-TEG and all the power in the system is generated by the semiconductor, the U-TEG design succeeded in producing a higher volumetric power density than the unicouple TEG design.

Wijesekara, Waruna; Rosendahl, Lasse; Brown, David R.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

2014-12-01

141

Thermoelectric MEMS generators as a power supply for a body area network  

Microsoft Academic Search

Miniaturized and cost-effective thermoelectric generators (TEG) scavenging energy from environment could potentially provide power autonomy to consumer electronic products operating at low power. For example, TEG mounted in a wristwatch have been used to generate electricity from human heat. The key point of IMEC's research in this field is the realization of a body area network, consisting of a set

V. Leonov; P. Fiorini; S. Sedky; T. Torfs; C. Van Hoof

2005-01-01

142

State of the Art of Thermoelectric Generators Based on Heat Recovered from the Exhaust Gases of Automobiles  

Microsoft Academic Search

The recovering of heat from exhaust gases in automobiles is a typical application of electricity generation using thermoelectricity. This paper is focused on reviewing the main characteristics and evolution of the different investigations performed over the last three decades concerning the use of thermoelectric generation using the heat from the exhaust gases produced in the combustion process of an automobile.

Jorge Vázquez; Miguel A. Sanz-Bobi; Rafael Palacios; Antonio Arenas; Alberto Aguilera

143

Flexible and lightweight thermoelectric generators composed of carbon nanotube-polystyrene composites printed on film substrate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A flexible thermoelectric generator (TEG) was fabricated on a polyethylene naphthalate film substrate using a printing process. The thermoelectric material used in this study, a composite material consisting of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and polystyrene, contained approximately 35 vol. % of voids. Because of the reduction in the density of the CNT-polystyrene composite caused by the voids, the TEG was remarkably lightweight (weight per unit area: ?15.1 mg/cm2). The TEG generated approximately 55 mW/m2 of power at a temperature difference of 70 °C.

Suemori, Kouji; Hoshino, Satoshi; Kamata, Toshihide

2013-10-01

144

Chemical aspects of the design of thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

The relationship between the composition, structure and properties of promising thermoelectric materials is analysed. Different classes of chemical compounds that serve the basis for the development of thermoelectrics are considered. Special attention is drawn to chemical problems associated with the design of the new-generation thermoelectric materials. The prospects for the development of this research field are demonstrated.

A. V. Shevelkov

2008-01-01

145

A Thermoelectric Generator Concept Using a p-n Junction: Experimental Proof of Principle  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Conventional thermoelectric generators (TEGs) use single p- and n-doped legs for thermoelectric energy harvesting. We explore a concept using thermoelectric p- n junctions made from densified silicon nanoparticles. The nanoparticle powder was synthesized in a microwave plasma reactor using silane, diborane, and phosphine as precursors. To achieve a bulk sample with a p- n junction, a layer of boron-doped nanoparticle powder was stacked on a layer of phosphorus-doped powder and compacted by current-activated pressure- assisted densification. To use the p- n structure as a TEG, a temperature gradient was applied along the p- n junction. It is expected that this temperature gradient leads to electron-hole pair generation and separation in the junction, and diffusion of the charge carriers. A reference method was used to characterize the open-circuit voltage of the p- n junction TEG.

Becker, André; Chavez, Ruben; Petermann, Nils; Schierning, Gabi; Schmechel, Roland

2013-07-01

146

A prototype on-line work procedure system for radioisotope thermoelectric generator production  

SciTech Connect

An on-line system to manage work procedures is being developed to support radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) assembly and testing in a new production facility. This system implements production work procedures as interactive electronic documents executed at the work site with no intermediate printed form. It provides good control of the creation and application of work procedures and provides active assistance to the worker in performing them and in documenting the results. An extensive prototype of this system is being evaluated to ensure that it will have all the necessary features and that it will fit the user's needs and expectations. This effort has involved the Radioisotope Power Systems Facility (RPSF) operations organization and technology transfer between Westinghouse Hanford Company (Westinghouse Hanford) and EG G Mound Applied Technologies Inc. (Mound) at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Mound Site. 1 ref.

Kiebel, G.R.

1991-09-01

147

Exhaust gas bypass valve control for thermoelectric generator  

DOEpatents

A method of controlling engine exhaust flow through at least one of an exhaust bypass and a thermoelectric device via a bypass valve is provided. The method includes: determining a mass flow of exhaust exiting an engine; determining a desired exhaust pressure based on the mass flow of exhaust; comparing the desired exhaust pressure to a determined exhaust pressure; and determining a bypass valve control value based on the comparing, wherein the bypass valve control value is used to control the bypass valve.

Reynolds, Michael G; Yang, Jihui; Meisner, Greogry P.; Stabler, Francis R.; De Bock, Hendrik Pieter (Peter) Jacobus; Anderson, Todd Alan

2012-09-04

148

Design, Modeling, Fabrication, and Evaluation of Thermoelectric Generators with Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposited Polysilicon as Thermoelement Material  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents the design, modeling, fabrication, and evaluation of thermoelectric generators (TEGs) with p-type polysilicon deposited by hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) as thermoelement material. A thermal model is developed based on energy balance and heat transfer equations using lumped thermal conductances. Several test structures were fabricated to allow characterization of the boron-doped polysilicon material deposited by HWCVD. The film was found to be electrically active without any post-deposition annealing. Based on the tests performed on the test structures, it is determined that the Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity, and electrical resistivity of the HWCVD polysilicon are 113 ?V/K, 126 W/mK, and 3.58 × 10-5 ? m, respectively. Results from laser tests performed on the fabricated TEG are in good agreement with the thermal model. The temperature values derived from the thermal model are within 2.8% of the measured temperature values. For a 1-W laser input, an open-circuit voltage and output power of 247 mV and 347 nW, respectively, were generated. This translates to a temperature difference of 63°C across the thermoelements. This paper demonstrates that HWCVD, which is a cost-effective way of producing solar cells, can also be applied in the production of TEGs. By establishing that HWCVD polysilicon can be an effective thermoelectric material, further work on developing photovoltaic-thermoelectric (PV-TE) hybrid microsystems that are cost-effective and better performing can be explored.

de Leon, Maria Theresa; Tarazona, Antulio; Chong, Harold; Kraft, Michael

2014-11-01

149

Controls on Water Use for Thermoelectric Generation: Case Study Texas, U.S.  

PubMed Central

Large-scale U.S. dependence on thermoelectric (steam electric) generation requiring water for cooling underscores the need to understand controls on this water use. The study objective was to quantify water consumption and withdrawal for thermoelectric generation, identifying controls, using Texas as a case study. Water consumption for thermoelectricity in Texas in 2010 totaled ?0.43 million acre feet (maf; 0.53 km3), accounting for ?4% of total state water consumption. High water withdrawals (26.2 maf, 32.3 km3) mostly reflect circulation between ponds and power plants, with only two-thirds of this water required for cooling. Controls on water consumption include (1) generator technology/thermal efficiency and (2) cooling system, resulting in statewide consumption intensity for natural gas combined cycle generators with mostly cooling towers (0.19 gal/kWh) being 63% lower than that of traditional coal, nuclear, or natural gas steam turbine generators with mostly cooling ponds (0.52 gal/kWh). The primary control on water withdrawals is cooling system, with ?2 orders of magnitude lower withdrawals for cooling towers relative to once-through ponds statewide. Increases in natural gas combined cycle plants with cooling towers in response to high production of low-cost natural gas has greatly reduced water demand for thermoelectric cooling since 2000. PMID:23937226

2013-01-01

150

Development of a Platform for Simulating and Optimizing Thermoelectric Energy Systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectrics are solid state devices that can convert thermal energy directly into electrical energy. They have historically been used only in niche applications because of their relatively low efficiencies. With the advent of nanotechnology and improved manufacturing processes thermoelectric materials have become less costly and more efficient As next generation thermoelectric materials become available there is a need for industries to quickly and cost effectively seek out feasible applications for thermoelectric heat recovery platforms. Determining the technical and economic feasibility of such systems requires a model that predicts performance at the system level. Current models focus on specific system applications or neglect the rest of the system altogether, focusing on only module design and not an entire energy system. To assist in screening and optimizing entire energy systems using thermoelectrics, a novel software tool, Thermoelectric Power System Simulator (TEPSS), is developed for system level simulation and optimization of heat recovery systems. The platform is designed for use with a generic energy system so that most types of thermoelectric heat recovery applications can be modeled. TEPSS is based on object-oriented programming in MATLABRTM. A modular, shell based architecture is developed to carry out concept generation, system simulation and optimization. Systems are defined according to the components and interconnectivity specified by the user. An iterative solution process based on Newton's Method is employed to determine the system's steady state so that an objective function representing the cost of the system can be evaluated at the operating point. An optimization algorithm from MATLAB's Optimization Toolbox uses sequential quadratic programming to minimize this objective function with respect to a set of user specified design variables and constraints. During this iterative process many independent system simulations are executed and the optimal operating condition of the system is determined. A comprehensive guide to using the software platform is included. TEPSS is intended to be expandable so that users can add new types of components and implement component models with an adequate degree of complexity for a required application. Special steps are taken to ensure that the system of nonlinear algebraic equations presented in the system engineering model is square and that all equations are independent. In addition, the third party program FluidProp is leveraged to allow for simulations of systems with a range of fluids. Sequential unconstrained minimization techniques are used to prevent physical variables like pressure and temperature from trending to infinity during optimization. Two case studies are performed to verify and demonstrate the simulation and optimization routines employed by TEPSS. The first is of a simple combined cycle in which the size of the heat exchanger and fuel rate are optimized. The second case study is the optimization of geometric parameters of a thermoelectric heat recovery platform in a regenerative Brayton Cycle. A basic package of components and interconnections are verified and provided as well.

Kreuder, John J.

151

Development of n-type cobaltocene-encapsulated carbon nanotubes with remarkable thermoelectric property  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Direct conversion from heat to electricity is one of the important technologies for a sustainable society since large quantities of energy are wasted as heat. We report the development of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)-based high conversion efficiency, air-stable and flexible thermoelectric material. We prepared cobaltocene-encapsulated SWNTs (denoted CoCp2@SWNTs) and revealed that the material showed a negative-type (n-type) semiconducting behaviour (Seebeck coefficient: -41.8 ?V K-1 at 320 K). The CoCp2@SWNT film was found to show a high electrical conductivity (43,200 S m-1 at 320 K) and large power factor (75.4 ?W m-1 K-2) and the performance was remarkably stable under atmospheric conditions over a wide range of temperatures. The thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) value of the CoCp2@SWNT film (0.157 at 320 K) was highest among the reported n-type organic thermoelectric materials due to the large power factor and low thermal conductivity (0.15 W m-1 K-1). These characteristics of the n-type CoCp2@SWNTs allowed us to fabricate a p-n type thermoelectric device by combination with an empty SWNT-based p-type film. The fabricated device exhibited a highly efficient power generation close to the calculated values even without any air-protective coating due to the high stability of the SWNT-based materials under atmospheric conditions.

Fukumaru, Takahiro; Fujigaya, Tsuyohiko; Nakashima, Naotoshi

2015-01-01

152

Development of n-type cobaltocene-encapsulated carbon nanotubes with remarkable thermoelectric property  

PubMed Central

Direct conversion from heat to electricity is one of the important technologies for a sustainable society since large quantities of energy are wasted as heat. We report the development of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)-based high conversion efficiency, air-stable and flexible thermoelectric material. We prepared cobaltocene-encapsulated SWNTs (denoted CoCp2@SWNTs) and revealed that the material showed a negative-type (n-type) semiconducting behaviour (Seebeck coefficient: ?41.8??V K?1 at 320?K). The CoCp2@SWNT film was found to show a high electrical conductivity (43,200?S m?1 at 320?K) and large power factor (75.4??W m?1 K?2) and the performance was remarkably stable under atmospheric conditions over a wide range of temperatures. The thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) value of the CoCp2@SWNT film (0.157 at 320?K) was highest among the reported n-type organic thermoelectric materials due to the large power factor and low thermal conductivity (0.15?W m?1 K?1). These characteristics of the n-type CoCp2@SWNTs allowed us to fabricate a p-n type thermoelectric device by combination with an empty SWNT-based p-type film. The fabricated device exhibited a highly efficient power generation close to the calculated values even without any air-protective coating due to the high stability of the SWNT-based materials under atmospheric conditions. PMID:25608478

Fukumaru, Takahiro; Fujigaya, Tsuyohiko; Nakashima, Naotoshi

2015-01-01

153

Development of n-type cobaltocene-encapsulated carbon nanotubes with remarkable thermoelectric property.  

PubMed

Direct conversion from heat to electricity is one of the important technologies for a sustainable society since large quantities of energy are wasted as heat. We report the development of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)-based high conversion efficiency, air-stable and flexible thermoelectric material. We prepared cobaltocene-encapsulated SWNTs (denoted CoCp2@SWNTs) and revealed that the material showed a negative-type (n-type) semiconducting behaviour (Seebeck coefficient: -41.8??V K(-1) at 320?K). The CoCp2@SWNT film was found to show a high electrical conductivity (43,200?S m(-1) at 320?K) and large power factor (75.4??W m(-1) K(-2)) and the performance was remarkably stable under atmospheric conditions over a wide range of temperatures. The thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) value of the CoCp2@SWNT film (0.157 at 320?K) was highest among the reported n-type organic thermoelectric materials due to the large power factor and low thermal conductivity (0.15?W m(-1) K(-1)). These characteristics of the n-type CoCp2@SWNTs allowed us to fabricate a p-n type thermoelectric device by combination with an empty SWNT-based p-type film. The fabricated device exhibited a highly efficient power generation close to the calculated values even without any air-protective coating due to the high stability of the SWNT-based materials under atmospheric conditions. PMID:25608478

Fukumaru, Takahiro; Fujigaya, Tsuyohiko; Nakashima, Naotoshi

2015-01-01

154

IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS BY USING SOLAR HEAT CONCENTRATORS  

E-print Network

% efficiency when the input heat flux is increased to 500 times that of the sun's heat flux. The effects : Thermoelectric generator, Solar heat concentrator, Carnot efficiency I - Introduction The global energy crisis, then the heat power density qh of the incoming heat flux to the TEG's membrane is given by: = (2) where Ah

155

Thermoelectric Devices: Solid-State Refrigerators and Electrical Generators in the Classroom  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermoelectric devices are solid-state devices that convert thermal energy from a temperature gradient into electrical energy (the Seebeck effect) or convert electrical energy into a temperature gradient (the Peltier effect). The first application is used most notably in spacecraft power generation systems (for example, in Voyager I and II) and in thermocouples for temperature measurement, while the second application is

Edmund J. Winder; Arthur B. Ellis; George C. Lisensky

1996-01-01

156

Transient Behavior Study of Thermoelectric Generators through an Electrothermal Model Using SPICE  

Microsoft Academic Search

A thermoelectric generator (TEG) usually works in dynamic operating conditions due to the time change, in real applications, of the electric load and hot or cold temperatures. Thus understanding transient thermal and electrical behavior of the device, besides the steady-state behavior, is important in order to investigate the global device performance. The major objective of this work is to describe

M. Chen; L. A. Rosendahl; I. Bach; T. Condra; J. K. Pedersen

2006-01-01

157

Thermoelectric Generators for Automotive Waste Heat Recovery Systems Part I: Numerical Modeling  

E-print Network

exhaust into usable electrical power. Heat transfer between the hot exhaust gas and the hot side telluride TEMs. Key words: Thermoelectric generators, waste heat recovery, automotive exhaust, skutterudites concluded that a TEG powered by exhaust heat could meet the electrical requirements of a medium- sized

Xu, Xianfan

158

Thermoelectric generator placed on the human body: system modeling and energy conversion improvements  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper focuses on the production of electricity using a thermoelectric generator placed on the human body connected to a dc-dc converter. The small difference in temperature between the hot heat source (e.g. the human body, Tb = 37 °C) and the cold heat source (e.g. ambient air, Ta = 22 °C), associated with a poor quality thermal coupling (mainly

M. Lossec; B. Multon; H. Ben Ahmed; C. Goupil

2010-01-01

159

Thermoelectric generator and solid-state battery for stand-alone microsystems  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents a thermoelectric (TE) generator and a solid-state battery for powering microsystems. Prototypes of TE generators were fabricated and characterized. The TE generator is a planar microstructure based on thin films of n-type bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) and p-type antimony telluride (Sb2Te3), which were deposited using co-evaporation. The measurements on selected samples of Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 thin films indicated

J P Carmo; J F Ribeiro; M F Silva; L M Goncalves; J H Correia

2010-01-01

160

Design and thermal analysis of a two stage solar concentrator for combined heat and thermoelectric power generation  

Microsoft Academic Search

A design procedure and thermal performance analysis of a two stage solar energy concentrator suited to combined heat and thermoelectric power generation are presented. The concentrator is comprised of a primary one axis parabolic trough concentrator and a second stage compound parabolic concentrator mounted at the focus of the primary. The thermoelectric device is attached to the absorber plate at

Siddig A. Omer; David G. Infield

2000-01-01

161

Novel thermoelectric materials development, existing and potential applications, and commercialization routes  

E-print Network

Thermoelectrics (TE) are devices which can convert heat in the form of a temperature gradient into electricity, or alternatively generate and absorb heat when an electrical current is run through them. It was established ...

Bertreau, Philippe

2006-01-01

162

Low power thermoelectric generator-self-sufficient energy supply for micro systems  

Microsoft Academic Search

New micro and sensor systems are being rapidly developed for their application in all technology events in future. The energy consumption of systems incorporated the latest technical advances decreases permanently to the range of only ?W. For the applications in this low power range (a few 10 ?W), DTS has developed a new self-sufficient power supply the low power thermoelectric

Matthias Stordeur; Ingo Stark

1997-01-01

163

Thermoelectric Power Generation Utilizing the Waste Heat from a Biomass Boiler  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The objective of the presented work is to test the possibility of using thermoelectric power to convert flue gas waste heat from a small-scale domestic pellet boiler, and to assess the influence of a thermoelectric generator on its function. A prototype of the generator, able to be connected to an existing device, was designed, constructed, and tested. The performance of the generator as well as the impact of the generator on the operation of the boiler was investigated under various operating conditions. The boiler gained auxiliary power and could become a combined heat and power unit allowing self-sufficient operation. The created unit represents an independent source of electricity with effective use of fuel.

Brazdil, Marian; Pospisil, Jiri

2013-07-01

164

Thermoelectric Power Generator Design for Maximum Power: It's All About ZT  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There is a significant amount of literature that discusses thermoelectric power generator (TEG) design, but much of it overly simplifies the design space and therefore the results have limited use in designing real-life systems. This paper develops a more comprehensive model of the thermal and electrical interactions of a TEG in a system with known hot-side and cold-side thermal resistances and corresponding constant system temperature differential. Two design scenarios are investigated for common TEG system applications. In one method, the power from a TEG is maximized for a given electrical load, simulating a case where the TEG is electrically in series with a known load such as a fan. In the second design scenario, the power from a TEG is maximized for a given electrical load resistance ratio, n (the ratio between the external load resistance and the internal TEG resistance), simulating an application where the TEG is electrically in series with a load-matching converter. An interesting conclusion from this work is that, in the first design scenario, the electrical load resistance ratio, n, that maximizes TEG power occurs at ?{1 + ZT} (where ZT is the thermoelectric figure of merit) instead of 1 as reported previously in literature. Equally interesting is that, if you define an analogous thermal resistance ratio, m' (representing the ratio between the TEG thermal resistance at open-circuit conditions and the system thermal resistance), the maximum power in both design scenarios occurs at ?{1 + ZT} instead of the commonly cited value of 1. Furthermore, results are presented for real-life designs that incorporate electrical and thermal losses common to realistic TEG systems such as electrical contact resistance and thermal bypass around the TEG due to sealing.

McCarty, R.

2013-07-01

165

Hardware Implementation of Maximum Power Point Tracking for Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work describes the practical implementation of two maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms, namely those of perturb and observe, and extremum seeking control. The proprietary dSPACE system is used to perform hardware in the loop (HIL) simulation whereby the two control algorithms are implemented using the MATLAB/Simulink (Mathworks, Natick, MA) software environment in order to control a synchronous buck-boost converter connected to two commercial thermoelectric modules. The process of performing HIL simulation using dSPACE is discussed, and a comparison between experimental and simulated results is highlighted. The experimental results demonstrate the validity of the two MPPT algorithms, and in conclusion the benefits and limitations of real-time implementation of MPPT controllers using dSPACE are discussed.

Maganga, Othman; Phillip, Navneesh; Burnham, Keith J.; Montecucco, Andrea; Siviter, Jonathan; Knox, Andrew; Simpson, Kevin

2014-06-01

166

Complex oxides useful for thermoelectric energy conversion  

DOEpatents

The invention provides for a thermoelectric system comprising a substrate comprising a first complex oxide, wherein the substrate is optionally embedded with a second complex oxide. The thermoelectric system can be used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

Majumdar, Arunava (Orinda, CA); Ramesh, Ramamoorthy (Moraga, CA); Yu, Choongho (College Station, TX); Scullin, Matthew L. (Berkeley, CA); Huijben, Mark (Enschede, NL)

2012-07-17

167

Modeling and Simulations on the Intramural Thermoelectric Generator of Lower-Re-fluid  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The thermoelectric conversion with lower Renault number (Re) fluid, such as waste heat from industry boiler, and engine's circled cooling water, which can be designed as intramural generator structure. In this research, a thermoelectric project analysis model and the description of an intensified system are presented, its generator with the aligned or staggered platoon structure has strengthened heat-transfer property, and the heat convection coefficient ratio has increased times than plain tube; For the fluid kinetic energy's loss is influenced by the whirlpool, the pressure difference is several hundred Pa level which changes along with geometric parameters of transform components; what's more, heat transfer area increase distinctly under the same generator volume, which has built the foundation for the enhancement output electric power.

Zhang, Zheng; Zheng, Ding; Chen, Yushan

168

Thermoelectric Devices Cool, Power Electronics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, licensed thermoelectric technology from NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This has allowed the company to develop cutting edge, thin-film thermoelectric coolers that effective remove heat generated by increasingly powerful and tightly packed microchip components. These solid-state coolers are ideal solutions for applications like microprocessors, laser diodes, LEDs, and even potentially for cooling the human body. Nextreme s NASA technology has also enabled the invention of thermoelectric generators capable of powering technologies like medical implants and wireless sensor networks.

2009-01-01

169

Microcombustor-thermoelectric power generator for 10-50 watt applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Fuel-based portable power systems, including combustion and fuel cell systems, take advantage of the 80x higher energy density of fuel over lithium battery technologies and offer the potential for much higher energy density power sources - especially for long-duration applications, such as unattended sensors. Miniaturization of fuel-based systems poses significant challenges, including processing of fuel in small channels, catalyst poisoning, and coke and soot formation. Recent advances in micro-miniature combustors in the 200Watt thermal range have enabled the development of small power sources that use the chemical energy of heavy fuel to drive thermal-to-electric converters for portable applications. CUBE Technology has developed compact Micro-Furnace combustors that efficiently deliver high-quality heat to optimized thermal-to-electric power converters, such as advanced thermoelectric power modules and Stirling motors, for portable power generation at the 10-50Watt scale. Key innovations include a compact gas-gas recuperator, innovative heavy fuel processing, coke- & soot-free operation, and combustor optimization for low balance-of-plant power use while operating at full throttle. This combustor enables the development of robust, high energy density, miniature power sources for portable applications.

Marshall, Daniel S.; Cho, Steve T.

2010-04-01

170

Use of Photothermally Generated Seebeck Voltage for Thermal Characterization of Thermoelectric Materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A simple and accurate experimental procedure to measure simultaneously the thermal properties (conductivity, diffusivity, and effusivity) of thermoelectric (TE) materials using their Seebeck voltage is proposed. The technique is based on analysis of a periodically oscillating thermoelectric signal generated from a TE material when it is thermally excited using an intensity-modulated laser source. A self-normalization procedure is implemented in the presented method using TE signals generated by changing the laser heating from one side to another of the TE material. Experiments are done on a polyaniline carbon nanohybrid (6.6 wt.% carbon nanotubes), yielding a thermal conductivity of 1.106 ± 0.001 W/m-K. The results are compared with the results from photothermal infrared radiometry experiments.

Kuriakose, Maju; Depriester, Michael; King, Roch Chan Yu; Roussel, Frédérick; Sahraoui, Abdelhak Hadj

2014-06-01

171

Evaluating Thermoelectric Power Generation Device Performance Using a Rectangular Microchannel Heat Sink  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this work, a microchannel heat sink is applied to a thermoelectric power generation (TEG) device and compared with a traditional\\u000a heat sink. The advantages and disadvantages of using each heat sink in a TEG device are evaluated. The microchannel hydraulic\\u000a diameter is 5.33 × 10?4 m and that of the macrochannel is 2.13 × 10?3 m. Pressure drops and heat removed in the micro heat

A. Rezania; L. A. Rosendahl

2011-01-01

172

Development of a Thermoelectric Module Suitable for Vehicles and Based on CoSb3 Manufactured Close to Production  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Despite the ongoing electrification of vehicle propulsion systems, vehicles with combustion engines will continue to bear the brunt of passenger services worldwide for the next few decades. As a result, the German Aerospace Center Institute of Vehicle Concepts, the Institute of Materials Research and the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics have focused on utilising the exhaust heat of internal combustion engines by means of thermoelectric generators (TEGs). Their primary goal is the development of cost-efficient TEGs with long-term stability and maximised energy yield. In addition to the overall TEG system design, the development of long-term stable, efficient thermoelectric modules (TEMs) for high-temperature applications is a great challenge. This paper presents the results of internal development work and reveals an expedient module design for use in TEGs suitable for vehicles. The TEM requirements identified, which were obtained by means of experiments on the test vehicle and test bench, are described first. Doped semiconductor materials were produced and characterised by production methods capable of being scaled up in order to represent series application. The results in terms of thermoelectric properties (Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity) were used for the simulative design of a thermoelectric module using a constant-property model and with the aid of FEM calculations. Thermomechanical calculations of material stability were carried out in addition to the TEM's thermodynamic and thermoelectric design. The film sequence within the module represented a special challenge. Multilayer films facilitated adaptation of the thermal and mechanical properties of plasma-sprayed films. A joint which dispenses with solder additives was also possible using multilayer films. The research resulted in a functionally-optimised module design, which was enhanced for use in motor vehicles using process flexibility and close-to-production manufacturing methods.

Klein Altstedde, Mirko; Sottong, Reinhard; Freitag, Oliver; Kober, Martin; Dreißigacker, Volker; Zabrocki, Knud; Szabo, Patric

2014-12-01

173

New Technology for Microfabrication and Testing of a Thermoelectric Device for Generating Mobile Electrical Power  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We report the results of fabrication and testing of a thermoelectric power generation module. The module was fabricated using a new "flip-chip" module assembly technique that is scalable and modular. This technique results in a low value of contact resistivity ( < or = 10(exp 5) Ohms-sq cm). It can be used to leverage new advances in thin-film and nanostructured materials for the fabrication of new miniature thermoelectric devices. It may also enable monolithic integration of large devices or tandem arrays of devices on flexible or curved surfaces. Under mild testing, a power of 22 mW/sq cm was obtained from small (<100 K) temperature differences. At higher, more realistic temperature differences, approx.500 K, where the efficiency of these materials greatly improves, this power density would scale to between 0.5 and 1 Watt/cm2. These results highlight the excellent potential for the generation and scavenging of electrical power of practical and usable magnitude for remote applications using thermoelectric power generation technologies.

Prasad, Narashimha S.; Taylor, Patrick J.; Trivedi, Sudhir B.; Kutcher, Susan

2010-01-01

174

Design of a Compact, Portable Test System for Thermoelectric Power Generator Modules  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Measurement of fundamental parameters of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) module, including efficiency, internal electrical resistance, thermal resistance, power output, Seebeck coefficient, and figure of merit ( Z), is necessary in order to design a thermoelectric-based power generation system. This paper presents a new design for a compact, standalone, portable test system that enables measurement of the main parameters of a TEG over a wide range of temperature differences and compression pressures for a 40 mm × 40 mm specimen. The Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit can also be calculated from the information obtained. In the proposed system, the temperature of each side of the TEG can be set at the desired temperature—the hot side as high as 380°C and the cold side as low as 5°C, with 0.5°C accuracy—utilizing an electrical heating system and a thermoelectric-based compact chilling system. Heating and cooling procedures are under control of two proportional-integral-derivative (PID) temperature controllers. Using a monitored pressure mechanism, the TEG specimen is compressed between a pair of hot and cold aluminum cubes, which maintain the temperature difference across the two sides of the TEG. The compressive load can be varied from 0 kPa to 800 kPa. External electrical loading is applied in the form of a direct-current (DC) electronic load. Data collection and processing are through an Agilent 34972A data logger, a computer, and BenchLink software, with results available as computer output. The input power comes from a 240-V general-purpose power point, and the only sound-generating component is a 4-W cooling fan. Total calculated uncertainty in results is approximately 7%. Comparison between experimental data and the manufacturer's published datasheet for a commercially available specimen shows good agreement. These results obtained from a preliminary experimental setup serve as a good guide for the design of a fully automatic portable test system for operational thermoelectric modules.

Faraji, Amir Yadollah; Akbarzadeh, Aliakbar

2013-07-01

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Progress Towards an Optimization Methodology for Combustion-Driven Portable Thermoelectric Power Generation Systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There is enormous military and commercial interest in developing quiet, lightweight, and compact thermoelectric (TE) power generation systems. This paper investigates design integration and analysis of an advanced TE power generation system implementing JP-8 fueled combustion and thermal recuperation. In the design and development of this portable TE power system using a JP-8 combustor as a high-temperature heat source, optimal process flows depend on efficient heat generation, transfer, and recovery within the system. The combustor performance and TE subsystem performance were coupled directly through combustor exhaust temperatures, fuel and air mass flow rates, heat exchanger performance, subsequent hot-side temperatures, and cold-side cooling techniques and temperatures. Systematic investigation and design optimization of this TE power system relied on accurate thermodynamic modeling of complex, high-temperature combustion processes concomitantly with detailed TE converter thermal/mechanical modeling. To this end, this paper reports integration of system-level process flow simulations using CHEMCAD™ commercial software with in-house TE converter and module optimization, and heat exchanger analyses using COMSOL™ software. High-performance, high-temperature TE materials and segmented TE element designs are incorporated in coupled design analyses to achieve predicted TE subsystem-level conversion efficiencies exceeding 10%. These TE advances are integrated with a high-performance microtechnology combustion reactor based on recent advances at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Predictions from this coupled simulation approach lead directly to system efficiency-power maps defining potentially available optimal system operating conditions and regimes. Further, it is shown that, for a given fuel flow rate, there exists a combination of recuperative effectiveness and hot-side heat exchanger effectiveness that provides a higher specific power output from the TE modules. This coupled simulation approach enables pathways for integrated use of high-performance combustor components, high-performance TE devices, and microtechnologies to produce a compact, lightweight, combustion-driven TE power system prototype that operates on common fuels.

Krishnan, Shankar; Karri, Naveen K.; Gogna, Pawan K.; Chase, Jordan R.; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Hendricks, Terry J.

2012-06-01

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Development of a hybrid refrigerator combining thermoelectric and vapor compression technologies  

Microsoft Academic Search

A domestic refrigerator with three compartments has been developed: refrigerator compartment, at 4°C (vapor compression cooling system); freezer compartment, at ?22°C (vapor compression cooling system); and a new super-conservation compartment, at 0°C (thermoelectric cooling system). The thermoelectric system designed for the super-conservation compartment eliminates the oscillation of its temperature due to the start and stop compressor cycles, obtaining a constant

J. G. Vián; D. Astrain

2009-01-01

177

Thermal Optimization of the Heat Exchanger in an Automotive Exhaust-Based Thermoelectric Generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent advances in thermoelectric technologies have made exhaust-based thermoelectric generators (TEGs) promising to recover waste heat. The thermal performance of the heat exchanger in exhaust-based TEGs is studied in this work. In terms of interface temperature and thermal uniformity, the thermal characteristics of heat exchangers with different internal structures, lengths, and materials are discussed. Following computational fluid dynamics simulations, infrared experiments are carried out on a high-performance production engine with a dynamometer. Simulation and experimental results show that a plate-shaped heat exchanger made of brass with fishbone-shaped internal structure and length of 600 mm achieves a relatively ideal thermal performance, which is practically helpful to enhance the thermal performance of the TEG.

Deng, Y. D.; Liu, X.; Chen, S.; Tong, N. Q.

2013-07-01

178

Flexible screen printed thick film thermoelectric generator with reduced material resistivity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work presents a flexible thick-film Bismuth Tellurium/Antimony Tellurium (BiTe/SbTe) thermoelectric generator (TEG) with reduced material resistivity fabricated by screen printing technology. Cold isostatic pressing (CIP) was introduced to lower the resistivity of the printed thermoelectric materials. The Seebeck coefficient (?) and the resistivity (?) of printed materials were measured as a function of applied pressure. A prototype TEG with 8 thermocouples was fabricated on flexible polyimide substrate. The dimension of a single printed element was 20 mm × 2 mm × 78.4 pm. The coiled-up prototype produced a voltage of 36.4 mV and a maximum power of 40.3 nW from a temperature gradient of 20 °C.

Cao, Z.; Koukharenko, E.; Torah, R. N.; Tudor, J.; Beeby, S. P.

2014-11-01

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Solar thermoelectric generators fabricated on a silicon-on-insulator substrate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Solar thermal power generation is an attractive electricity generation technology as it is environment-friendly, has the potential for increased efficiency, and has high reliability. The design, modelling, and evaluation of solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) fabricated on a silicon-on-insulator substrate are presented in this paper. Solar concentration is achieved by using a focusing lens to concentrate solar input onto the membrane of the STEG. A thermal model is developed based on energy balance and heat transfer equations using lumped thermal conductances. This thermal model is shown to be in good agreement with actual measurement results. For a 1?W laser input with a spot size of 1?mm, a maximum open-circuit voltage of 3.06?V is obtained, which translates to a temperature difference of 226?°C across the thermoelements and delivers 25?µW of output power under matched load conditions. Based on solar simulator measurements, a maximum TEG voltage of 803?mV was achieved by using a 50.8?mm diameter plano-convex lens to focus solar input to a TEG with a length of 1000?µm, width of 15?µm, membrane diameter of 3?mm, and 114 thermocouples. This translates to a temperature difference of 18?°C across the thermoelements and an output power under matched load conditions of 431?nW. This paper demonstrates that by utilizing a solar concentrator to focus solar radiation onto the hot junction of a TEG, the temperature difference across the device is increased; subsequently improving the TEG’s efficiency. By using materials that are compatible with standard CMOS and MEMS processes, integration of solar-driven TEGs with on-chip electronics is seen to be a viable way of solar energy harvesting where the resulting microscale system is envisioned to have promising applications in on-board power sources, sensor networks, and autonomous microsystems.

de Leon, Maria Theresa; Chong, Harold; Kraft, Michael

2014-08-01

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Radiation Environments and Exposure Considerations for the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator  

SciTech Connect

The Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) is the next generation (RTG) being developed by DOE to provide reliable, long-life electric power for NASA's planetary exploration programs. The MMRTG is being developed by Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne and Teledyne Energy Systems Incorporated (TESI) for use on currently planned and projected flyby, orbital and planet landing missions. This is a significant departure from the design philosophy of the past which was to match specific mission requirements to RTG design capabilities. Undefined mission requirements provide a challenge to system designers by forcing them to put a design envelope around 'all possible missions'. These multi-mission requirements include internal and external radiation sources. Internal sources include the particles ejected by decaying Pu-238 and its daughters plus particles resulting from the interaction of these particles with other MMRTG materials. External sources include the full spectrum of charged particle radiation surrounding planets with magnetic fields and the surfaces of extraterrestrial objects not shielded by magnetic fields. The paper presents the results of investigations into the environments outlined above and the impact of radiation exposure on potential materials to be used on MMRTG and ground support personnel. Mission requirements were also reviewed to evaluate total integrated dose and to project potential shielding requirements for materials. Much of the information on mission shielding requirements was provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The primary result is an ionizing radiation design curve which indicates the limits to which a particular mission can take the MMRTG in terms of ionizing radiation exposure. Estimates of personnel radiation exposure during ground handling are also provided.

Kelly, William M.; Low, Nora M.; Zillmer, Andrew; Johnson, Gregory A. [Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91309 (United States); Normand, Eugene [Boeing Radiation Effects Laboratory, P.O. Box 3707, M/S 2T-50, Seattle, WA 98124-22079 (United States)

2006-01-20

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Nanocomposites as thermoelectric materials  

E-print Network

Thermoelectric materials have attractive applications in electric power generation and solid-state cooling. The performance of a thermoelectric device depends on the dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of the material, ...

Hao, Qing

2010-01-01

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Consideration of Thermoelectric Power Generation by Using Hot Spring Thermal Energy or Industrial Waste Heat  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Today, we face some significant environmental and energy problems such as global warming, urban heat island, and the precarious balance of world oil supply and demand. However, we have not yet found a satisfactory solution to these problems. Waste heat recovery is considered to be one of the best solutions because it can improve energy efficiency by converting heat exhausted from plants and machinery to electric power. This technology would also prevent atmospheric temperature increases caused by waste heat, and decrease fossil fuel consumption by recovering heat energy, thus also reducing CO2 emissions. The system proposed in this research generates electric power by providing waste heat or unharnessed thermal energy to built-in thermoelectric modules that can convert heat into electric power. Waste heat can be recovered from many places, including machinery in industrial plants, piping in electric power plants, waste incineration plants, and so on. Some natural heat sources such as hot springs and solar heat can also be used for this thermoelectric generation system. The generated power is expected to be supplied to auxiliary machinery around the heat source, stored as an emergency power supply, and so on. The attributes of this system are (1) direct power generation using hot springs or waste heat; (2) 24-h stable power generation; (3) stand-alone power system with no noise and no vibration; and (4) easy maintenance attributed to its simple structure with no moving parts. In order to maximize energy use efficiency, the temperature difference between both sides of the thermoelectric (TE) modules built into the system need to be kept as large as possible. This means it is important to reduce thermal resistance between TE modules and heat source. Moreover, the system's efficiency greatly depends on the base temperature of the heat sources and the material of the system's TE modules. Therefore, in order to make this system practical and efficient, it is necessary to choose the heat source first and then design the most appropriate structure for the source by applying analytical methods. This report describes how to design a prototype of a thermoelectric power generator using the analytical approach and the results of performance evaluation tests carried out in the field.

Sasaki, Keiichi; Horikawa, Daisuke; Goto, Koichi

2015-01-01

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Program Final Report - Develop Thermoelectric Technology for Automotive Waste Heat Recovery  

SciTech Connect

We conducted a vehicle analysis to assess the feasibility of thermoelectric technology for waste heat recovery and conversion to useful electrical power and found that eliminating the 500 W of electrical power generated by the alternator corresponded to about a 7% increase in fuel economy (FE) for a small car and about 6% for a full size truck. Electric power targets of 300 W were established for city and highway driving cycles for this project. We obtained critical vehicle level information for these driving cycles that enabled a high-level design and performance analysis of radiator and exhaust gas thermoelectric subsystems for several potential vehicle platforms, and we identified the location and geometric envelopes of the radiator and exhaust gas thermoelectric subsystems. Based on this analysis, we selected the Chevrolet Suburban as the most suitable demonstration vehicle for this project. Our modeling and thermal analysis assessment of a radiator-based thermoelectric generator (TEG), however, revealed severe practical limitations. Specifically the small temperature difference of 100°C or less between the engine coolant and ambient air results in a low Carnot conversion efficiency, and thermal resistance associated with air convection would reduce this conversion efficiency even further. We therefore decided not to pursue a radiator-based waste heat recovery system and focused only on the exhaust gas. Our overall approach was to combine science and engineering: (1) existing and newly developed TE materials were carefully selected and characterized by the material researcher members of our team, and most of the material property results were validated by our research partners, and (2) system engineers worked closely with vehicle engineers to ensure that accurate vehicle-level information was used for developing subsystem models and designs, and the subsystem output was analyzed for potential fuel economy gains. We incorporated material, module, subsystem, and integration costs into the material selection criteria in order to balance various materials, module and subsystem design, and vehicle integration options. Our work on advanced TE materials development and on TEG system design, assembly, vehicle integration, and testing proceeded in parallel efforts. Results from our two preliminary prototype TEGs using only Bi-Te TE modules allowed us to solve various mechanical challenges and to finalize and fine tune aspects of the design and implementation. Our materials research effort led us to quickly abandon work on PbTe and focus on the skutterudite materials due to their superior mechanical performance and suitability at automotive exhaust gas operating temperatures. We synthesized a sufficiently large quantity of skutterudite material for module fabrication for our third and final prototype. Our TEG#3 is the first of its kind to contain state-of-the-art skutterudite-based TE modules to be installed and tested on a production vehicle. The design, which consisted of 24 skutterudite modules and 18 Bi-Te modules, attempted to optimize electrical power generation by using these two kinds of TE modules that have their peak performance temperatures matched to the actual temperature profile of the TEG during operation. The performance of TEG#3 was limited by the maximum temperature allowable for the Bi-Te TE modules located in the colder end of the TEG, resulting in the operating temperature for the skutterudite modules to be considerably below optimum. We measured the power output for (1) the complete TEG (25 Watts) and (2) an individual TE module series string (1/3 of the TEG) operated at a 60°C higher temperature (19 Watts). We estimate that under optimum operating temperature conditions, TEG#3 will generate about 235 Watts. With additional improvements in thermal and electrical interfaces, temperature homogeneity, and power conditioning, we estimate TEG#3 could deliver a power output of about 425 Watts.

Gregory Meisner

2011-08-31

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Influence of an Optimized Thermoelectric Generator on the Back Pressure of the Subsequent Exhaust Gas System of a Vehicle  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Numerous research projects in automotive engineering focus on the industrialization of the thermoelectric generator (TEG). The development and the implementation of thermoelectric systems into the vehicle environment are commonly supported by virtual design activities. In this paper a customized simulation architecture is presented that includes almost all vehicle parts which are influenced by the TEG (overall system simulation) but is nevertheless capable of real-time use. Moreover, an optimized planar TEG with minimum nominal power output of about 580 W and pressure loss at nominal conditions of 10 mbar, synthesized using the overall system simulation, and the overall system simulation itself are used to answer a generally neglected question: What influence does the position of a TEG have on the back pressure of the subsequent exhaust gas system of the vehicle? It is found that the influence of the TEG on the muffler is low, but the catalytic converter is strongly influenced. It is shown that the TEG can reduce the back pressure of an exhaust gas system so much that its overall back pressure is less than the back pressure of a standard exhaust gas system.

Kühn, Roland; Koeppen, Olaf; Kitte, Jens

2014-06-01

185

Cost-Performance Analysis and Optimization of Fuel-Burning Thermoelectric Power Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Energy cost analysis and optimization of thermoelectric (TE) power generators burning fossil fuel show a lower initial cost compared with commercialized micro gas turbines but higher operating cost per energy due to moderate efficiency. The quantitative benefit of the thermoelectric system on a price-per-energy (/J) basis lies in its scalability, especially at a smaller scale (<10 kW), where mechanical thermodynamic systems are inefficient. This study is based on propane as a chemical energy source for combustion. The produced heat generates electric power. Unlike waste heat recovery systems, the maximum power output from the TE generator is not necessarily equal to the economic optimum (lowest /kWh). The lowest cost is achieved when the TE module is optimized between the maximum power output and the maximum efficiency, dependent on the fuel price and operation time duration. The initial investment (/W) for TE systems is much lower than for micro gas turbines when considering a low fractional area for the TE elements, e.g., 5% to 10% inside the module. Although the initial cost of the TE system is much less, the micro gas turbine has a lower energy price for longer-term operation due to its higher efficiency. For very long-term operation, operating cost dominates, thus efficiency and material ZT become the key cost factors.

Yazawa, Kazuaki; Shakouri, Ali

2013-07-01

186

Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 52, 11103 (2010) DOI: 10.1051/epjap/2010121 Thermoelectric generator placed on the human body: system  

E-print Network

placed on the human body: system modeling and energy conversion improvements M. Lossec, B. Multon, H. Ben Article THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL APPLIED PHYSICS Thermoelectric generator placed on the human body a thermoelectric generator placed on the human body connected to a dc-dc converter. The small difference

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

187

Reversible Thermoelectric Nanomaterials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Irreversible effects in thermoelectric materials limit their efficiency and economy for applications in power generation and refrigeration. While electron transport is unavoidably irreversible in bulk materials, here we derive conditions under which reversible diffusive electron transport can be achieved in nanostructured thermoelectric materials. We provide a fundamental thermodynamic explanation for why the optimum density of states in a thermoelectric material

T. E. Humphrey; H. Linke

2005-01-01

188

Thermoelectric Power Generation System for Future Hybrid Vehicles Using Hot Exhaust Gas  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present experimental and computational study investigates a new exhaust gas waste heat recovery system for hybrid vehicles, using a thermoelectric module (TEM) and heat pipes to produce electric power. It proposes a new thermoelectric generation (TEG) system, working with heat pipes to produce electricity from a limited hot surface area. The current TEG system is directly connected to the exhaust pipe, and the amount of electricity generated by the TEMs is directly proportional to their heated area. Current exhaust pipes fail to offer a sufficiently large hot surface area for the high-efficiency waste heat recovery required. To overcome this, a new TEG system has been designed to have an enlarged hot surface area by the addition of ten heat pipes, which act as highly efficient heat transfer devices and can transmit the heat to many TEMs. As designed, this new waste heat recovery system produces a maximum 350 W when the hot exhaust gas heats the evaporator surface of the heat pipe to 170°C; this promises great possibilities for application of this technology in future energy-efficient hybrid vehicles.

Kim, Sun-Kook; Won, Byeong-Cheol; Rhi, Seok-Ho; Kim, Shi-Ho; Yoo, Jeong-Ho; Jang, Ju-Chan

2011-05-01

189

Specification for strontium-90 500-watt(e) radioisotopic thermoelectric generator. Final report  

SciTech Connect

A conceptual design for a demonstration 500-watt(e) radioisotopic thermoelectric generator has been created for the Department of Energy. The design effort was divided into two tasks, viz., create a design specification for a capsule strength member that utilizes a standard Strontium-90 fluoride-filled WESF inner liner, and create a conceptual design for a 500-watt(e) RTG. Both tasks have been accomplished. The strength-member specification was designed to survive an external pressure of 24,500 psi and meet the requirements of special-form radioisotope heat sources. Therefore the capsule can, if desired, be licensed for domestic and international transport. The design for the RTG features a radioisotopic heat source, an array of nine capsules in a tungsten biological shield, four current-technology series-connected thermoelectric-conversion modules, low-conductivity thermal insulation, and a passive finned-housing radiator for waste-heat dissipation. The preliminary RTG specification formulated previous to contract award has been met or exceeded. The power source will generate the required power for the required service period at 28 volts dc with a conversion efficiency of 8%, provided the existing in-pool capsules at WESF meet the assumed thermal-inventory requirements.

Hammel, T.; Himes, J.; Lieberman, A.; McGrew, J.; Owings, D.; Schumann, F.

1983-04-01

190

Development and Testing of an Integrated Sandia Cooler Thermoelectric Device (SCTD).  

SciTech Connect

This report describes a FY14 effort to develop an integrated Sandia Cooler T hermoelectric D evice (SCTD) . The project included a review of feasible thermoelectric (TE) cooling applications, baseline performance testing of an existing TE device, analysis and design development of an integrated SCTD assembly, and performance measurement and validation of the integrated SCTD prototype.

Johnson, Terry A.; Staats, Wayne Lawrence,; Leick, Michael Thomas; Zimmerman, Mark D.; Radermacher, Reinhard; Martin, Cara; Nasuta, Dennis; Kalinowski, Paul; Hoffman, William

2014-12-01

191

Effect of the Sequence of the Thermoelectric Generator and the Three-Way Catalytic Converter on Exhaust Gas Conversion Efficiency  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The potential for thermoelectric exhaust heat recovery in vehicles has increased with recent improvements in the efficiency of thermoelectric generators (TEGs). The problem with using thermoelectric generators for vehicle applications is whether the device is compatible with the original vehicle exhaust system, which determines the quality of the exhaust gas treatment and the realization of energy conservation and emission reduction. Based on ANSYS CFX simulation analysis of the impact of two positional relationships between the TEG and three-way catalytic converter in the exhaust system on the working efficiency of both elements, it is concluded that the layout with the front three-way catalytic converter has an advantage over the other layout mode under current conditions. New ideas for an improvement program are proposed to provide the basis for further research.

Su, Chuqi; Tong, Naiqiang; Xu, Yuman; Chen, Shan; Liu, Xun

2013-07-01

192

Dynamic response characteristics of thermoelectric generator predicted by a three-dimensional heat-electricity coupled model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The practical application environments of thermoelectric generators (TEGs) always change, which make a requirement for studying the dynamic response characteristics of TEGs. This work develops a complete, three-dimensional and transient model to investigate this issue. The model couples the energy and electric potential equations. Seebeck effect, Peltier effect, Thomson effect, Joule heating and Fourier heat conduction are taken into account in this model. Dynamic output power and conversion efficiency of the TEG, which are caused by variations of the hot end temperature, cold end temperature and load current, are studied. The response hysteresis of the output power to the hot end and cold end temperatures, the overshoot or undershoot of the conversion efficiency are found and attributed to the delay of thermal diffusion. However, the output power is synchronous with the load current due to much faster electric response than thermal response.

Meng, Jing-Hui; Zhang, Xin-Xin; Wang, Xiao-Dong

2014-01-01

193

Development of a prototype thermoelectric space cooling system using phase change material to improve the performance  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The thermoelectric cooling system has advantages over conventional vapor compression cooling devices, including compact in size, light in weight, high reliability, no mechanical moving parts, no refrigerant, being powered by direct current, and easily switching between cooling and heating modes. However, it has been long suffering from its relatively high cost and low energy efficiency, which has restricted its usage to niche applications, such as space missions, portable cooling devices, scientific and medical equipment, where coefficient of performance (COP) is not as important as reliability, energy availability, and quiet operation environment. Enhancement of thermoelectric cooling system performance generally relies on two methods: improving thermoelectric material efficiency and through thermoelectric cooling system thermal design. This research has been focused on the latter one. A prototype thermoelectric cooling system integrated with phase change material (PCM) thermal energy storage unit for space cooling has been developed. The PCM thermal storage unit used for cold storage at night, functions as the thermoelectric cooling system's heat sink during daytime's cooling period and provides relatively lower hot side temperature for the thermoelectric cooling system. The experimental test of the prototype system in a reduced-scale chamber has realized an average cooling COP of 0.87, with the maximum value of 1.22. Another comparison test for efficacy of PCM thermal storage unit shows that 35.3% electrical energy has been saved from using PCM for the thermoelectric cooling system. In general, PCM faces difficulty of poor thermal conductivity at both solid and liquid phases. This system implemented a finned inner tube to increase heat transfer during PCM charging (melting) process that directly impacts thermoelectric system's performance. A simulation tool for the entire system has been developed including mathematical models for a single thermoelectric module, for the thermoelectric cooling unit, for the PCM thermal storage unit, and for the outdoor air-water heat exchanger. When modeling PCM thermal storage unit, the enthalpy method has been adopted. Since natural convection has been observed in experiments playing a key effect on heat transfer in PCM, a staged effective thermal conductivity (ke) concept and modified Rayleigh (Ra) number formula have been developed to better capture natural convection's variable effects during the PCM charging process. Therefore, a modeling-based design procedure for thermoelectric cooling system integrating with PCM has been proposed. A case study has been completed for a model office room to demonstrate the qualitative and quantitative evaluations to the major system components. Results of this research can be extended to other applications in relevant areas. For instance, the proposed PCM thermal storage unit can be applied to integration with water-cooled conventional air-conditioning devices. Instead of using water cooling, a case study of using the proposed PCM unit for a water-cooled air-conditioner shows a COP increase of more than 25.6%.

Zhao, Dongliang

194

Combination of PVA with Graphene to Improve the Seebeck Coefficient for Thermoelectric Generator Applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ultrasensitive thermoelectric (TE) materials are essential for the next generation of self-powered electronic devices. In this work, a graphene-based TE generator was fabricated. For 50 to 1000 graphene layers the average Seebeck coefficient was 90 ?V/K. We also report improvement of the Seebeck coefficient by use of a hybrid material containing 10% poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and 90% graphene oxide prepared and tested under the same conditions. The results show that the Seebeck coefficient is improved by an average of 30% compared with graphene alone. Because the fabrication process is facile, scalable, and cost effective, it could also be applicable to other fields of science and engineering.

Mahmoud, L.; Abdul Samad, Y.; Alhawari, M.; Mohammad, B.; Liao, K.; Ismail, M.

2015-01-01

195

Device for use in a furnace exhaust stream for thermoelectric generation  

DOEpatents

A device for generating voltage or electrical current includes an inner elongated member mounted in an outer elongated member, and a plurality of thermoelectric modules mounted in the space between the inner and the outer members. The outer and/or inner elongated members each include a plurality of passages to move a temperature altering medium through the members so that the device can be used in high temperature environments, e.g. the exhaust system of an oxygen fired glass melting furnace. The modules are designed to include a biasing member and/or other arrangements to compensate for differences in thermal expansion between the first and the second members. In this manner, the modules remain in contact with the first and second members. The voltage generated by the modules can be used to power electrical loads.

Polcyn, Adam D.

2013-06-11

196

Thermoelectric Devices: Solid-State Refrigerators and Electrical Generators in the Classroom  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric devices are solid-state devices that convert thermal energy from a temperature gradient into electrical energy (the Seebeck effect) or convert electrical energy into a temperature gradient (the Peltier effect). The first application is used most notably in spacecraft power generation systems (for example, in Voyager I and II) and in thermocouples for temperature measurement, while the second application is largely used in specialized cooling applications. Both applications can be demonstrated in the lecture hall to illustrate thermodynamic principles in a compelling manner. They also provide insight into the workings of a high-tech system that is achieving more widespread consumer use. The most visible consumer use of thermoelectric devices utilizing the Peltier effect is in portable electric food coolers/warmers that plug into an automobile cigarette lighter. Conventional cooling systems such as those used in refrigerators utilize a compressor and a working fluid to transfer heat. Thermal energy is absorbed and released as the working fluid undergoes expansion and compression and changes phase from liquid to vapor and back, respectively (1). Semiconductor thermoelectric coolers (also known as Peltier coolers) offer several advantages over conventional systems. They are entirely solid-state devices, with no moving parts; this makes them rugged, reliable, and quiet. They use no ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, potentially offering a more environmentally responsible alternative to conventional refrigeration. They can be extremely compact, much more so than compressor-based systems. Precise temperature control (< ±0.1 °C) can be achieved with Peltier coolers. However, their efficiency is low compared to conventional refrigerators. Thus, they are used in niche applications where their unique advantages outweigh their low efficiency. Although some large-scale applications have been considered (on submarines and surface vessels), Peltier coolers are generally used in applications where small size is needed and the cooling demands are not too great, such as for cooling electronic components. Apparatus Acquiring and Preparing a Thermoelectric Module A thermoelectric cooling module can be obtained by purchasing and disassembling a portable food cooler, (e.g., Coleman or Igloo brands). These are available at many department stores. If several model sizes are available, buy the least expensive: all contain thermoelectric modules that are suitable for demonstration purposes. Portable food coolers can be bought for less than 90. These will probably include the cooler and a power cord, fitted with a cigarette lighter adapter for 12-V automotive use. For classroom demonstrations a power supply will be needed; these can usually be purchased at the same place as the portable food cooler for about 30. Disassembling an Igloo KoolMate series Kool Rider 6-quart Thermoelectric Roadster reveals that the cooling system is entirely contained in the cooler lid. A number of screws have to be removed to access the thermoelectric module. The module comes equipped with finned aluminum heat sinks attached to both sides; one of these has to be detached in order to remove the module from the lid. The heat sink is then reattached to the module, as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1. Thermoelectric module with attached heat sinks, from a disassembled portable food cooler. The smaller heat sink provides cooling to the cooler's interior in normal operation. A small fan is used to circulate air over the heat sinks. Note that the module itself is very small compared to the attached hardware. The module itself is approximately 3 cm by 3 cm and a few millimeters thick. Electrical connections for the module are simply a red and a black wire. The lid also contains a small fan used to circulate air over the heat sinks for more efficient heat transfer. This module runs on 12 volts dc and draws from 3.0 to 4.2 amps. Power can be provided from a car battery or from a suitable ac-to-dc converter, such as the Igloo KoolMate ac/dc converter. The conver

Winder, Edmund J.; Ellis, Arthur B.; Lisensky, George C.

1996-10-01

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On the Use of Thermoelectric (TE) Applications Based on Commercial Modules: The Case of TE Generator and TE Cooler  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent years, thermoelectricity sees rapidly increasing usages in applications like portable refrigerators, beverage coolers, electronic component coolers etc. when used as Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC), and Thermoelectric Generators (TEG) which make use of the Seebeck effect in semiconductors for the direct conversion of heat into electrical energy and is of particular interest for systems of highest reliability or for waste heat recovery. In this work, we examine the performance of commercially available TEC and TEG. A prototype TEC-refrigerator has been designed, modeled and constructed for in-car applications. Additionally, a TEG was made, in order to measure the gained power and efficiency. Furthermore, a TEG module was tested on a small size car (Toyota Starlet, 1300 cc), in order to measure the gained power and efficiency for various engine loads. With the use of a modeling approach, we evaluated the thermal contact resistances and their influence on the final device efficiency.

Zorbas, K.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.; Kyratsi, Th.

2010-01-01

198

Long term thermoelectric module testing system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric generators can be used for converting waste heat into electric power. Significant interest in developing new materials in recent years has led to the discovery of several promising thermoelectrics, however, there can be considerable challenges in developing the materials into working devices. Testing and feedback is needed at each step to gain valuable information for identification of difficulties, quality of the materials and modules, repeatability in fabrication, and longevity of the devices. This paper describes a long-term module testing system for monitoring the output power of a module over extended testing times. To evaluate the system, we have tested commercially available thermoelectric modules over a one month time period.

D'Angelo, Jonathan; Hogan, Timothy

2009-10-01

199

Semiconducting large bandgap oxides as potential thermoelectric materials for high-temperature power generation?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Semiconducting large bandgap oxides are considered as interesting candidates for high-temperature thermoelectric power generation (700-1,200 °C) due to their stability, lack of toxicity and low cost, but so far they have not reached sufficient performance for extended application. In this review, we summarize recent progress on thermoelectric oxides, analyze concepts for tuning semiconductor thermoelectric properties with view of their applicability to oxides and determine key drivers and limitations for electrical and thermal transport properties in oxides based on our own experimental work and literature results. For our experimental assessment, we have selected representative multicomponent oxides that range from materials with highly symmetric crystal structure (SrTiO3 perovskite) over oxides with large densities of planar crystallographic defects (Ti n O2 n-1 Magnéli phases with a single type of shear plane, NbO x block structures with intersecting shear planes and WO3- x with more defective block and channel structures) to layered superstructures (Ca3Co4O9 and double perovskites) and also include a wide range of their composites with a variety of second phases. Crystallographic or microstructural features of these oxides are in 0.3-2 nm size range, so that oxide phonons can efficiently interact with them. We explore in our experiments the effects of doping, grain size, crystallographic defects, superstructures, second phases, texturing and (to a limited extend) processing on electric conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity and figure of merit. Jonker and lattice-versus-electrical conductivity plots are used to compare specific materials and material families and extract levers for future improvement of oxide thermoelectrics. We show in our work that oxygen vacancy doping (reduction) is a more powerful driver for improving the power factor for SrTiO3, TiO2 and NbO x than heterovalent doping. Based on our Seebeck-conductivity plots, we derived a set of highest achievable power factors. We met these best values in our own experiments for our titanium oxide- and niobium oxide-based materials. For strontium titanate-based materials, the estimated highest power factor was not reached; further material improvement is possible and can be reached for materials with higher carrier densities. Our results show that periodic crystallographic defects and superstructures are most efficient in reducing the lattice thermal conductivity in oxides, followed by hetero- and homovalent doping. Due to the small phonon mean free path in oxides, grain boundary scattering in nanoceramics or materials with nanodispersions is much less efficient. We investigated the impact of texturing in Ca3Co4O9 ceramics on thermoelectric performance; we did not find any improvement in the overall in-plane performance of a textured ceramic compared to the corresponding random ceramic.

Backhaus-Ricoult, M.; Rustad, J.; Moore, L.; Smith, C.; Brown, J.

2014-08-01

200

Generalized power versus efficiency characteristics of heat engines: The thermoelectric generator as an instructive illustration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The performance of real heat engines can be characterized by their power versus efficiency curves. Real heat engines with sources of irreversibility that include friction and heat leaks exhibit fundamentally different power versus efficiency curves than those predicted by many previous studies in the finite-time thermodynamics of endoreversible heat engines, in which finite-rate heat transfer was the only irreversibility considered. It is shown that the thermoelectric generator provides an instructive illustration of a cyclic, irreversible heat engine with a power versus efficiency curve that qualitatively reproduces the key features of the corresponding curves for real heat engines. The generic sources of irreversibility are easily identifiable and analytically expressed so as to reveal more transparently the basis for the power versus efficiency characteristic.

Gordon, J. M.

1991-06-01

201

Mo(3)Sb(7-x)Te(x) for Thermoelectric Power Generation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Compounds having compositions of Mo(3)Sb(7-x)Te(x) (where x = 1.5 or 1.6) have been investigated as candidate thermoelectric materials. These compounds are members of a class of semiconductors that includes previously known thermoelectric materials. All of these compounds have complex crystalline and electronic structures. Through selection of chemical compositions and processing conditions, it may be possible to alter the structures to enhance or optimize thermoelectric properties.

Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Gascoin, Frank S.; Rasmussen, Julia

2009-01-01

202

Nanoengineered Materials for Thermoelectric Energy Conversion  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this chapter we review recent advances in nanoengineered materials for thermoelectric energy conversion. We start by a brief overview of the fundamental interactions between heat and electricity, i.e., thermoelectric effects. A key requirement to improve the energy conversion efficiency is to increase the Seebeck coefficient (S) and the electrical conductivity (? ), while reducing the thermal conductivity (?). Nanostructures make it possible to modify the fundamental trade-offs between the bulk material properties through the changes in the density of states and interface effects on the electron and phonon transport. We will review recent experimental and theoretical results on superlattice and quantum dot thermoelectrics, nanowires, thin-film microrefrigerators, and solid-state thermionic power generation devices. In the latter case, the latest experimental results for semimetal rare-earth nanoparticles in a III-V semiconductor matrix as well as nitride metal/semiconductor multilayers will be discussed. We will briefly describe recent developments in nonlinear thermoelectrics, as well as electrically pumped optical refrigeration and graded thermoelectric materials. It is important to note that, while the material thermoelectric figure of merit (Z = S2? /? ) is a key parameter to optimize, one has to consider the whole system in an energy conversion application, and system optimization sometimes places other constraints on the materials.We will also review challenges in the experimental characterization of thin film thermoelectric materials. Finally, we will assess the potential of some of the more exotic techniques such as thermotunneling and bipolar thermoelectric effects.

Shakouri, Ali; Zebarjadi, Mona

203

Drought Vulnerability of Thermoelectric Generation using Texas as a Case Study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Increasing extent, frequency, and intensity of droughts raises concerns about the vulnerability of thermoelectricity generation to water-shortages. In this study we evaluated the impact of the 2011 flash drought in Texas on electricity demand and water supply for power plants. The impacts of the drought were greater in sub-humid east Texas than in semiarid west Texas because most power plants are pre-adapted to low water availability in west Texas. This comparison between sub-humid and semiarid regions in Texas serves as a proxy for climatic differences between the eastern and western US. High temperatures with ?100 days of triple digit temperatures raised annual electricity demands/generation by 6% and peak demands in August by 4% relative to 2010. The corresponding water demands/consumption for 2011 for thermoelectric generation was increased by ~10% relative to 2010. While electricity demand only increased slightly during the drought, water supply decreased markedly with statewide reservoir storage at record lows (58% of capacity). Reductions in reservoir storage would suggest that power plants should be vulnerable to water shortages; however, data show that power plants subjected to water shortages were flexible enough to adapt by switching to less water-intensive technologies. Some power plants switched from once-through cooling to cooling towers with more than an order of magnitude reduction in water withdrawals whereas others switched from steam turbines to combustion turbines (no cooling water requirements) when both were available. Recent increases in natural gas production by an order of magnitude and use in combined cycle plants enhances the robustness of the power-plant fleet to drought by reducing water consumption (~1/3rd of that for steam turbines), allowing plants to operate with (combined cycle generator) or without (combustion turbine generator) water, and as base-load or peaking plants to complement increasing wind generation. Drought vulnerability of the power plant fleet can be further enhanced by reducing demand and/or increasing supplies of water (e.g. use of nontraditional water sources: municipal waste water or brackish water) and increasing supplies of electricity. Our ability to cope with projected increases in droughts would be greatly improved by joint management of water and electricity.

Scanlon, B. R.; Duncan, I.; Reedy, R. C.

2013-12-01

204

Techno-Economic Feasibility of Highly Efficient Cost-Effective Thermoelectric-SOFC Hybrid Power Generation Systems  

SciTech Connect

Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems have the potential to generate exhaust gas streams of high temperature, ranging from 400 to 800 C. These high temperature gas streams can be used for additional power generation with bottoming cycle technologies to achieve higher system power efficiency. One of the potential candidate bottoming cycles is power generation by means of thermoelectric (TE) devices, which have the inherent advantages of low noise, low maintenance and long life. This study was to analyze the feasibility of combining coal gas based SOFC and TE through system performance and cost techno-economic modeling in the context of multi-MW power plants, with 200 kW SOFC-TE module as building blocks. System and component concepts were generated for combining SOFC and TE covering electro-thermo-chemical system integration, power conditioning system (PCS) and component designs. SOFC cost and performance models previously developed at United Technologies Research Center were modified and used in overall system analysis. The TE model was validated and provided by BSST. The optimum system in terms of energy conversion efficiency was found to be a pressurized SOFC-TE, with system efficiency of 65.3% and cost of $390/kW of manufacturing cost. The pressurization ratio was approximately 4 and the assumed ZT of the TE was 2.5. System and component specifications were generated based on the modeling study. The major technology and cost barriers for maturing the system include pressurized SOFC stack using coal gas, the high temperature recycle blowers, and system control design. Finally, a 4-step development roadmap is proposed for future technology development, the first step being a 1 kW proof-of-concept demonstration unit.

Jifeng Zhang; Jean Yamanis

2007-09-30

205

Development of a portable power system with meso-scale vortex combustor and thermo-electric device  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this study, a small scale power generation system with a meso-scale vortex combustor has been developed. The system was consisted of a couple of thermo-electric device and a heat medium. The medium was made of duralumin, 40 × 40 × 20 mm and 52 g weight, and the vortex combustion chamber of 7 mm inner diameter was embedded in it. It was found that a stable flame could be established in the narrow 7 mm channel even the mean axial velocity reached 1.2 m/s. And furthermore, the vortex flow significantly enhanced the heat transfer from the burned gas to combustion chamber, and as a result, the medium was heated to 300°C quickly (within 5 minutes) by the combustion of propane / air mixture for 145W input energy. The system could successfully generate 1.98 W (4.3 V and 0.46 A), which corresponded to the energy conversion rate of 0.7 % per unit thermo-electric device.

Shimokuri, D.; Hara, T.; Ishizuka, S.

2014-11-01

206

A miniaturized mW thermoelectric generator for nw objectives: continuous, autonomous, reliable power for decades.  

SciTech Connect

We have built and tested a miniaturized, thermoelectric power source that can provide in excess of 450 {micro}W of power in a system size of 4.3cc, for a power density of 107 {micro}W/cc, which is denser than any system of this size previously reported. The system operates on 150mW of thermal input, which for this system was simulated with a resistive heater, but in application would be provided by a 0.4g source of {sup 238}Pu located at the center of the device. Output power from this device, while optimized for efficiency, was not optimized for form of the power output, and so the maximum power was delivered at only 41mV. An upconverter to 2.7V was developed concurrently with the power source to bring the voltage up to a usable level for microelectronics.

Aselage, Terrence Lee; Siegal, Michael P.; Whalen, Scott; Frederick, Scott K.; Apblett, Christopher Alan; Moorman, Matthew Wallace

2006-10-01

207

Thermoelectric power generator module of 1616 Bi2Te3 and 0.6% ErAs:,,InGaAs...1-x,,InAlAs...x segmented elements  

E-print Network

Thermoelectric power generator module of 16Ã?16 Bi2Te3 and 0.6% ErAs:,,InGaAs...1-x; published online 26 August 2009 We report the fabrication and characterization of thermoelectric power temperature was at 610 K. The thermoelectric properties of InGaAs 1-x InAlAs x were characterized from 300 up

Bowers, John

208

Fabrication of High-Temperature-Stable Thermoelectric Generator Modules Based on Nanocrystalline Silicon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High-temperature-stable thermoelectric generator modules (TGMs) based on nanocrystalline silicon have been fabricated, characterized by the Harman technique, and measured in a generator test facility at the German Aerospace Center. Starting with highly doped p- and n-type silicon nanoparticles from a scalable gas-phase process, nanocrystalline bulk silicon was obtained using a current-activated sintering technique. Electrochemical plating methods were employed to metalize the nanocrystalline silicon. The specific electrical contact resistance ? c of the semiconductor-metal interface was characterized by a transfer length method. Values as low as ? c < 1 × 10-6 ? cm2 were measured. The device figure of merit of a TGM with 64 legs was approximately ZT = 0.13 at 600°C as measured by the Harman technique. Using a generator test facility, the maximum electrical power output of a TGM with 100 legs was measured to be roughly 1 W at hot-side temperature of 600°C and cold-side temperature of 300°C.

Kessler, V.; Dehnen, M.; Chavez, R.; Engenhorst, M.; Stoetzel, J.; Petermann, N.; Hesse, K.; Huelser, T.; Spree, M.; Stiewe, C.; Ziolkowski, P.; Schierning, G.; Schmechel, R.

2014-05-01

209

Development of Nanostructures in Thermoelectric Pb-Te-Sb Alloys , L. A. Collins2  

E-print Network

in the figure of merit of thermoelectric materials. Fabrication of nanostructured thermoelectric materials via the discovery of materials with a high thermoelectric figure of merit, zT, defined as S2 T/, where immiscible thermoelectric materials: PbTe-Sb2Te3. This ternary system was selected for investigation because

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A 42-V Electrical and Hybrid Driving System Based on a Vehicular Waste-Heat Thermoelectric Generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A 42-V powernet has been recognized as the next generation of vehicle electrical systems, and the waste-heat thermoelectric generator is becoming the future of vehicular energy conservation and emission reduction technologies. In this paper, effective utilization of vehicular waste-heat energy is proposed by introducing an electrical and hybrid driving system, which is an assemblage of a waste-heat thermoelectric generator, a 42-V powernet, and an integrated starter and generator (ISG). A vehicle model and the submodels for the new system have been built on the ADVISOR platform based on MATLAB/Simulink, and the dynamic performance of the vehicle model tested using the Economic Commission for Europe-Europe Urban Dynamometer Cycle driving cycle. The simulation results indicate that application of a 42-V waste-heat thermoelectric vehicle could be an integrated approach for fuel economy improvement and emission reduction, compared with a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle and an ISG-type 42-V vehicle.

Deng, Y. D.; Fan, W.; Ling, K.; Su, C. Q.

2012-06-01

211

Integration of Thermoelectric Generators and Wood Stove to Produce Heat, Hot Water, and Electrical Power  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Traditional fire stoves are characterized by low efficiency. In this experimental study, the combustion chamber of the stove is augmented by two devices. An electric fan can increase the air-to-fuel ratio in order to increase the system's efficiency and decrease air pollution by providing complete combustion of wood. In addition, thermoelectric generators (TEGs) produce power that can be used to satisfy all basic needs. In this study, a water-based cooling system is designed to increase the efficiency of the TEGs and also produce hot water for residential use. Through a range of tests, an average of 7.9 W was achieved by a commercial TEG with substrate area of 56 mm × 56 mm, which can produce 14.7 W output power at the maximum matched load. The total power generated by the stove is 166 W. Also, in this study a reasonable ratio of fuel to time is described for residential use. The presented prototype is designed to fulfill the basic needs of domestic electricity, hot water, and essential heat for warming the room and cooking.

Goudarzi, A. M.; Mazandarani, P.; Panahi, R.; Behsaz, H.; Rezania, A.; Rosendahl, L. A.

2013-07-01

212

Evaluation of Power Conditioning Architectures for Energy Production Enhancement in Thermoelectric Generator Systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A large-scale thermoelectric generator (TEG) system has an unbalanced temperature distribution among the TEG modules, which leads to power mismatch among the modules and decreases the power output of the TEG system. To maximize the power output and minimize the power conversion loss, a centralized-distributed hybrid power conditioning architecture is presented, analyzed, and evaluated for a TEG system. The novel architecture is a combination of a conventional centralized architecture and a fully distributed architecture. By using the proposed architecture, most of the harvested power is processed by the centralized stage while only the mismatched power among the TEG modules is processed by the distributed stages. As a result, accurate and distributed maximum-power-point tracking (MPPT) for each TEG module and single-stage power conversion between the modules and load can be achieved. It offers the benefit of implementing high MPPT efficiency and high conversion efficiency simultaneously. A 50-W TEG system composed of two TEG modules is built and tested. Experimental results show that the proposed hybrid power conditioning architecture generates up to 5% more energy for a temperature difference between the two modules of only 10°C.

Wu, Hongfei; Sun, Kai; Chen, Min; Xing, Yan

2014-06-01

213

Polymer composites for thermoelectric applications.  

PubMed

This review covers recently reported polymer composites that show a thermoelectric (TE) effect and thus have potential application as thermoelectric generators and Peltier coolers. The growing need for CO2 -minimizing energy sources and thermal management systems makes the development of new TE materials a key challenge for researchers across many fields, particularly in light of the scarcity or toxicity of traditional inorganic TE materials based on Te and Pb. Recent reports of composites with inorganic and organic additives in conjugated and insulating polymer matrices are covered, as well as the techniques needed to fully characterize their TE properties. PMID:25537227

McGrail, Brendan T; Sehirlioglu, Alp; Pentzer, Emily

2015-02-01

214

POTENTIAL THERMOELECTRIC APPLICATIONS IN DIESEL VEHICLES  

SciTech Connect

Novel thermodynamic cycles developed by BSST provide improvements by factors of approximately 2 in cooling, heating and power generation efficiency of solid-state thermoelectric systems. The currently available BSST technology is being evaluated in automotive development programs for important new applications. Thermoelectric materials are likely to become available that further increase performance by a comparable factor. These major advancements should allow the use of thermoelectric systems in new applications that have the prospect of contributing to emissions reduction, fuel economy, and improved user comfort. Potential applications of thermoelectrics in diesel vehicles are identified and discussed. As a case in point, the history and status of the Climate Controlled Seat (CCS) system from Amerigon, the parent of BSST, is presented. CCS is the most successful and highest production volume thermoelectric system in vehicles today. As a second example, the results of recent analyses on electric power generation from vehicle waste heat are discussed. Conclusions are drawn as to the practicality of waste power generation systems that incorporate BSST's thermodynamic cycle and advanced thermoelectric materials.

Crane, D

2003-08-24

215

Disposition of Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators Currently Located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory - 12232  

SciTech Connect

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded SEC Federal Services Corporation (SEC) a 34-building demolition and disposal (D and D) project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that included the disposition of six Strontium (Sr-90) powered Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) stored outside of ORNL Building 3517. Disposition of the RTGs is very complex both in terms of complying with disposal facility waste acceptance criteria (WAC) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for packaging and transportation in commerce. Two of the RTGs contain elemental mercury which requires them to be Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) compliant prior to disposal. In addition, all of the RTGs exceed the Class C waste concentration limits under Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Waste Classification Guidelines. In order to meet the LDR requirements and Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) WAC, a site specific treatability variance for mercury was submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow macro-encapsulation to be an acceptable treatment standard for elemental mercury. By identifying and confirming the design configuration of the mercury containing RTGs, the SEC team proved that the current configuration met the macro-encapsulation standard of 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 268.45. The SEC Team also worked with NNSS to demonstrate that all radioisotope considerations are compliant with the NNSS low-level waste (LLW) disposal facility performance assessment and WAC. Lastly, the SEC team determined that the GE2000 Type B cask met the necessary size, weight, and thermal loading requirements for five of the six RTGs. The sixth RTG (BUP-500) required a one-time DOT shipment exemption request due to the RTG's large size. The DOT exemption justification for the BUP-500 relies on the inherent robust construction and material make-up of the BUP- 500 RTG. DOE-ORO, SEC, and the entire SEC RTG team are nearing the conclusion of the Sr-90 RTG disposition challenge - a legacy now 50 years in the making. Over 600,000 Ci of Sr-90 waste await disposal and its removal from ORNL will mark an historical moment in the clean-up of the cold-war legacy in the ORNL central industrial area. Elimination (i.e., removal) of the RTGs will reduce security risks at ORNL and disposal will permanently eliminate security risks. The RTGs will eventually decay to benign levels within a reasonable timeframe relative to radiological risks posed by long-lived isotopes. The safety authorization basis at ORNL Building 3517 will be reduced enabling greater operational flexibility in future clean-out and D and D campaigns. Upon disposition the Department of Energy will realize reduced direct and indirect surveillance and maintenance costs that can be reapplied to accelerated and enhanced clean-up of the Oak Ridge Reservation. At present, waste profiles for the RTGs are developed and under review by NNSS RWAP staff and approval authorities. Disposition schedule is driven by the availability of compliant shipping casks necessary to safely transport the RTGs from ORNL to NNSS. The first disposal of the RCA RTG is expected in April 2012 and the remaining RTGs disposed in 2012 and 2013. (authors)

Glenn, J. [U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Operations Office, 200 Administrative Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (United States); Patterson, J.; DeRoos, K. [SEC Federal Services Corporation (SEC), 2800 Solway Road, Knoxville, TN 37931 (United States); Patterson, J.E.; Mitchell, K.G. [Strata-G, LLC, 2027 Castaic Lane, Knoxville, TN 37932 (United States)

2012-07-01

216

High-temperature thermoelectric transport at small scales: Thermal generation, transport and recombination of minority carriers  

PubMed Central

Thermoelectric transport in semiconductors is usually considered under small thermal gradients and when it is dominated by the role of the majority carriers. Not much is known about effects that arise under the large thermal gradients that can be established in high-temperature, small-scale electronic devices. Here, we report a surprisingly large asymmetry in self-heating of symmetric highly doped silicon microwires with the hottest region shifted along the direction of minority carrier flow. We show that at sufficiently high temperatures and strong thermal gradients (~1?K/nm), energy transport by generation, transport and recombination of minority carriers along these structures becomes very significant and overcomes convective energy transport by majority carriers in the opposite direction. These results are important for high-temperature nanoelectronics such as emerging phase-change memory devices which also employ highly doped semiconducting materials and in which local temperatures reach ~1000?K and thermal gradients reach ~10–100?K/nm. PMID:24056703

Bakan, Gokhan; Khan, Niaz; Silva, Helena; Gokirmak, Ali

2013-01-01

217

High-temperature thermoelectric transport at small scales: thermal generation, transport and recombination of minority carriers.  

PubMed

Thermoelectric transport in semiconductors is usually considered under small thermal gradients and when it is dominated by the role of the majority carriers. Not much is known about effects that arise under the large thermal gradients that can be established in high-temperature, small-scale electronic devices. Here, we report a surprisingly large asymmetry in self-heating of symmetric highly doped silicon microwires with the hottest region shifted along the direction of minority carrier flow. We show that at sufficiently high temperatures and strong thermal gradients (~1 K/nm), energy transport by generation, transport and recombination of minority carriers along these structures becomes very significant and overcomes convective energy transport by majority carriers in the opposite direction. These results are important for high-temperature nanoelectronics such as emerging phase-change memory devices which also employ highly doped semiconducting materials and in which local temperatures reach ~1000 K and thermal gradients reach ~10-100 K/nm. PMID:24056703

Bakan, Gokhan; Khan, Niaz; Silva, Helena; Gokirmak, Ali

2013-01-01

218

Thermoelectric generating system attached to a carburizing furnace at Komatsu Ltd., Awazu Plant  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

At the end of October 2009, KELK Ltd. started a field test of the thermoelectric generation system at a carburizing furnace of Komatsu Ltd., Awazu Plant. Residual carburizing gas based on CO, H2 and N2 is burned resulting that 20-30 kW range of flame constantly heats up the hot side of TEG. A single unit of TEG consists of 16 of the Bi-Te thermo-modules, each of which has a size of 50 × 50 × 4.2 mm3 and can generate 24W under the circumstance of 280 °C and 30 °C of hot side and cold side temperature, respectively [1]. 16 modules are separated into 4 groups and they are connected electrically depending on design concept, namely in case of focusing on reliability, parallel connection are used and in case of on simplicity and high-voltage transmission, series connection is preferably employed. The module is being life-time tested at various conditions. For instance, 10,000 of heat cycling under the hot side temperature between 250 and 50 °C with a constant cold side temperature at 30 °C gives within a few percent degrade. Both buck-and booster-type DC/DC converters controlled by one chip computer were set up and Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) was well facilitated to search for the maximum output power depending on the hot and cold temperature. The electric output power from the 16 modules is summed up to charge 4 lead storage batteries (12V-65Ah) and then through DC/AC inverters electricity goes to LED light tubes inside the factory. 214 W can be generated and 180 W is delivered to the batteries.

Kaibe, H.; Makino, K.; Kajihara, T.; Fujimoto, S.; Hachiuma, H.

2012-06-01

219

Research on a power management system for thermoelectric generators to drive wireless sensors on a spindle unit.  

PubMed

Thermoelectric energy harvesting is emerging as a promising alternative energy source to drive wireless sensors in mechanical systems. Typically, the waste heat from spindle units in machine tools creates potential for thermoelectric generation. However, the problem of low and fluctuant ambient temperature differences in spindle units limits the application of thermoelectric generation to drive a wireless sensor. This study is devoted to presenting a transformer-based power management system and its associated control strategy to make the wireless sensor work stably at different speeds of the spindle. The charging/discharging time of capacitors is optimized through this energy-harvesting strategy. A rotating spindle platform is set up to test the performance of the power management system at different speeds. The experimental results show that a longer sampling cycle time will increase the stability of the wireless sensor. The experiments also prove that utilizing the optimal time can make the power management system work more effectively compared with other systems using the same sample cycle. PMID:25033189

Li, Sheng; Yao, Xinhua; Fu, Jianzhong

2014-01-01

220

Research on a Power Management System for Thermoelectric Generators to Drive Wireless Sensors on a Spindle Unit  

PubMed Central

Thermoelectric energy harvesting is emerging as a promising alternative energy source to drive wireless sensors in mechanical systems. Typically, the waste heat from spindle units in machine tools creates potential for thermoelectric generation. However, the problem of low and fluctuant ambient temperature differences in spindle units limits the application of thermoelectric generation to drive a wireless sensor. This study is devoted to presenting a transformer-based power management system and its associated control strategy to make the wireless sensor work stably at different speeds of the spindle. The charging/discharging time of capacitors is optimized through this energy-harvesting strategy. A rotating spindle platform is set up to test the performance of the power management system at different speeds. The experimental results show that a longer sampling cycle time will increase the stability of the wireless sensor. The experiments also prove that utilizing the optimal time can make the power management system work more effectively compared with other systems using the same sample cycle. PMID:25033189

Li, Sheng; Yao, Xinhua; Fu, Jianzhong

2014-01-01

221

Antiperovskite compounds SbNSr3 and BiNSr3: Potential candidates for thermoelectric renewable energy generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This letter communicates thermoelectric properties of antiperovskites SbNSr3 and BiNSr3, using ab-initio calculations. These compounds are identified as good transport materials for their narrow band gaps and dense electronic states near their Fermi levels. The peak values of Seebeck coefficient of 1590 and 1540 ?V/K are observed for SbNSr3 and BiNSr3, respectively in the p-type regions, at room temperature. The figure of merit approaches unity for both materials, while their thermal conductivities increase and electrical conductivities decrease with temperature. These theoretical studies predict that these antiperovskites could be efficient materials for thermoelectric generators and need further experimental and theoretical studies.

Bilal, M.; Saifullah; Shafiq, M.; Khan, B.; Rahnamaye Aliabad, H. A.; Jalali Asadabadi, S.; Ahmad, Rashid; Ahmad, Iftikhar

2015-01-01

222

Experiments and Simulations on a Heat Exchanger of an Automotive Exhaust Thermoelectric Generation System Under Coupling Conditions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present experimental and computational study investigates an exhaust gas waste heat recovery system for vehicles, using thermoelectric modules and a heat exchanger to produce electric power. It proposes a new plane heat exchanger of a thermoelectric generation (TEG) system, producing electricity from a limited hot surface area. To investigate the new plane heat exchanger, we make a coupling condition of heat-flow and flow-solid coupling analysis on it to obtain the temperature, heat, and pressure field of the heat exchanger, and compared it with the old heat exchanger. These fields couple together to solve the multi-field coupling of the flow, solid, and heat, and then the simulation result is compared with the test bench experiment of TEG, providing a theoretical and experimental basis for the present exhaust gas waste heat recovery system.

Liu, X.; Yu, C. G.; Chen, S.; Wang, Y. P.; Su, C. Q.

2014-06-01

223

Research on the Compatibility of the Cooling Unit in an Automotive Exhaust-based Thermoelectric Generator and Engine Cooling System  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The temperature difference between the hot and cold sides of thermoelectric modules is a key factor affecting the conversion efficiency of an automotive exhaust-based thermoelectric generator (TEG). In the work discussed in this paper the compatibility of TEG cooling unit and engine cooling system was studied on the basis of the heat transfer characteristics of the TEG. A new engine-cooling system in which a TEG cooling unit was inserted was simulated at high power and high vehicle speed, and at high power and low vehicle speed, to obtain temperatures and flow rates of critical inlets and outlets. The results show that coolant temperature exceeds its boiling point at high power and low vehicle speed, so the new system cannot meet cooling requirements under these conditions. Measures for improvement to optimize the cooling system are proposed, and provide a basis for future research.

Deng, Y. D.; Liu, X.; Chen, S.; Xing, H. B.; Su, C. Q.

2014-06-01

224

A New High Efficiency Segmented Thermoelectric Unicouple  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

To achieve high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency, it is desirable to operate thermoelectric generator devices over large temperature gradients and also to maximize the thermoelectric performance of the materials used to build the devices. However, no single thermoelectric material is suitable for use over a very wide range of temperatures (approx. 300 - 1000 K). It is therefore necessary to use different materials in each temperature range where they possess optimum performance. This can be achieved in two ways: 1) multistage thermoelectric generators where each stage operates over a fixed temperature difference and is electrically insulated but thermally in contact with the other stages and 2) segmented generators where the p- and n-legs are formed of different segments joined in series. The concept of integrating new thermoelectric materials developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) into a segmented thermoelectric generator has been presented in detail in earlier publications . This new generator is expected to operate over a 300-973 K temperature difference and will use novel segmented legs based on a combination of state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials and novel p-type Zn4Sb3, p-type CeFe4Sb12-based alloys and n-type CoSb3-based alloys. An increase in the conversion efficiency of about 60% is expected compared to conventional Bi2Te3- and PbTe-based generators. We present in this paper the latest experimental results from the bonding studies between the different segments of the p-legs, n-legs, and p-leg to n-leg interconnect. Evaluation of the bond quality was done by measuring the contact resistance across the joints as well as by detailed microstructure investigations to reveal any potential interdiffusion. Among the materials investigated as inter-layers between the different segments of the legs, Pd-Ag joining alloys have been found to provide mechanically stable and low electrical resistance bonds.

Caillat, T.; Fleurial, J.-P.; Snyder, G. J.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, D.; Borshchevsky, A.

2000-01-01

225

Thermoelectric generators from SiO2/SiO2 + Ge nanolayer thin films modified by MeV Si ions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We prepared thermoelectric generator devices from 100 alternating layers of SiO2/SiO2 + Ge superlattice thin films using Magnetron DC/RF Sputtering. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) and RUMP simulation software package were used to determine the proportions of Si and Ge in the grown multilayer films and the thickness of the grown multi-layer films. 5 MeV Si ion bombardments were performed using the AAMU-Pelletron ion beam accelerator, to form quantum clusters in the multi-layer superlattice thin films, in order to tailor the thermoelectrical and optical properties. We characterized the fabricated thermoelectric devices using cross-plane Seebeck coefficient, van der Pauw resistivity, mobility, density (carrier concentration), Hall Effect coefficient, Raman, Fluorescence, Photoluminescence, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Impedance analyzing measurements. Some suitable high energy ion fluences and thermal annealings caused some remarkable thermoelectrical and optical changes in the fabricated multilayer thin film systems.

Budak, S.; Gulduren, E.; Allen, B.; Cole, J.; Lassiter, J.; Colon, T.; Muntele, C.; Alim, M. A.; Bhattacharjee, S.; Johnson, R. B.

2015-01-01

226

Optimization of Fin Distribution to Improve the Temperature Uniformity of a Heat Exchanger in a Thermoelectric Generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are currently a topic of interest for energy recovery in vehicles. By applying TEGs to the outside surface of the exhaust tailpipe, a small amount of electrical power can be generated because of the temperature difference between the hot exhaust gases and the automobile coolant. The amount of power is anticipated to be a few hundred watts based on the expected temperature difference and the properties of the thermoelectric materials used in TEGs. It is well know that, for thermoelectric exhaust energy recovery, the temperature uniformity of the heat exchangers has a strong influence on the electric power generation. In the current research, the temperature uniformity of a heat exchanger was improved by optimizing the fin distribution to maximize the electric power generated for a given vehicle TEG. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of the heat exchanger was constructed to assess the influence of different fin distributions on the temperature uniformity and the pressure drop in the exhaust system. For the fin distributions, four factors were considered: the length of, spacing between, angle of, and thickness of the fins. Based on these four factors, a design of experiments study using the orthogonal experimental method was conducted to analyze the sensitivity to the design variables and build a database to set up a surrogate model using the Kriging response surface method. A multi-island genetic algorithm was used to optimize the fin distribution based on this surrogate model. To validate the accuracy of the CFD model, a generic heat exchanger module was manufactured and a related testbed constructed, then the temperature distribution on the surface of the exchanger was measured to compare with the results obtained by CFD.

Wang, Yiping; Wu, Cheng; Tang, Zebo; Yang, Xue; Deng, Yadong; Su, Chuqi

2014-12-01

227

Development of high voltage insulator, compatible with liquid lithium at high temperature for use in the SP100 thermoelectric cell  

Microsoft Academic Search

It was recognized early in the SP-100 development cycle that a critical enabling technology issue was the development of an electric insulator which can isolate the 100 volt potential development by a thermoelectric cell string from the heat exchangers which are at spacecraft ground potential. This isulator must operate at temperature up to 1350K, be sufficiently thermally conductive so as

James A. Bond; Donald N. Matteo

1992-01-01

228

Mass Properties Testing and Evaluation for the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator  

SciTech Connect

Mass properties (MP) measurements were performed for the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG), serial number (S/N) 0X730401, the power system designated for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. Measurements were made using new mounting fixtures at the mass properties testing station in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Space and Security Power Systems Facility (SSPSF). The objective of making mass properties measurements was to determine the generator’s flight configured mass and center of mass or center of gravity (CG). Using an extremely accurate platform scale, the mass of the as-tested generator was determined to be 100.117 ± 0.007 lb. Weight accuracy was determined by checking the platform scale with calibrated weights immediately prior to weighing the MMRTG.a CG measurement accuracy was assessed by surrogate testing using an inert mass standard for which the CG could be readily determined analytically. Repeated testing using the mass standard enabled the basic measurement precision of the system to be quantified in terms of a physical confidence interval about the measured CG position. However, repetitious testing with the MMRTG itself was not performed in deference to the gamma and neutron radiation dose to operators and the damage potential to the flight unit from extra handling operations. Since the mass standard had been specially designed to have a total weight and CG location that closely matched the MMRTG, the uncertainties determined from its testing were assigned to the MMRTG as well. On this basis, and at the 99% confidence level, a statistical analysis found the direct, as-measured MMRTG-MSL CG to be located at 10.816 ± 0.0011 in. measured perpendicular from the plane of the lower surface of the generator’s mounting lugs (Z direction), and offset from the generator’s long axis centerline in the X and Y directions by 0.0968 ± 0.0040 in. and 0.0276 ± 0.0026 in., respectively. These uncertainties are based simply on the statistical treatment of results from repetitive testing performed with the mass standard and included position variations that may have occurred during several mounting/dismounting operations of both the mass standard and mounting fixtures. Because of the limited data available, the computed uncertainty intervals reported are likely, although not assuredly, wider than the intervals that would have been found had more extensive data been available. However, these uncertainties do not account for other contributors to measurement uncertainty that might be applicable. These include potential weighing errors, possible tilt of the as-mounted test article, or translation of the measurement results from the MP instrument coordinates to those of the test article. Furthermore, when testing heat producing test articles such as the MMRTG, measurement degradation can occur from thermal expansion/contraction of the mounting fixtures as they heat up or cool and cause a subtle repositioning of the test article. Analyses for such impacts were made and additional uncertainty allowances were conservatively assigned to account for these. A full, detailed description is provided in this report.

Felicione, Frank S.

2009-12-01

229

Achieving Maximum Power from Thermoelectric Generators with Maximum-Power-Point-Tracking Circuits Composed of a Boost-Cascaded-with-Buck Converter  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We propose a way of achieving maximum power and power-transfer efficiency from thermoelectric generators by optimized selection of maximum-power-point-tracking (MPPT) circuits composed of a boost-cascaded-with-buck converter. We investigated the effect of switch resistance on the MPPT performance of thermoelectric generators. The on-resistances of the switches affect the decrease in the conversion gain and reduce the maximum output power obtainable. Although the incremental values of the switch resistances are small, the resulting difference in the maximum duty ratio between the input and output powers is significant. For an MPPT controller composed of a boost converter with a practical nonideal switch, we need to monitor the output power instead of the input power to track the maximum power point of the thermoelectric generator. We provide a design strategy for MPPT controllers by considering the compromise in which a decrease in switch resistance causes an increase in the parasitic capacitance of the switch.

Park, Hyunbin; Sim, Minseob; Kim, Shiho

2015-01-01

230

Third generation infrared system calibration using dual band thermoelectric thermal reference sources and test systems to calibrate uncooled IRFPAs  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As dual band, 3rd generation FLIR systems progress from the research lab into the field, supporting technologies must also advance. This paper describes advances in Thermoelectric Thermal Reference Sources (TTRS) from single band (3 to 5 or 8 to 12 microns) to dual band in one assembly (3 to 5 and 8 to 12 microns). It will describe the optical, system, electrical, and mechanical parameters of dual band TTRS units. It provides IR system design engineers with the critical parameters of dual band TTRS units to aid in their design process. TTRS assemblies provide a temperature controllable radiometrically uniform surface. When viewed by theFLIR system detectors, the TTRS enables the system electronics to perform gain and offset calibration as well as DC restoration for each pixel's preamp Some of the parameters for 3rd Generation FLIR system TTRS units included in this paper will be: Emissivity of BB surfaces. Apparent thermal radiometric uniformity. How this is predicted and measured. Window material wavelength transmission (Hermetically sealed units only). TTRS emitter surface temperatures as a function of heat sink temperatures. Trade-off between uniformity, power consumption, and transient performance. Power consumption, Thermal interfaces and required heat sinking Types and accuracy of Temperature sensors mounted on emitter surface. Also included in this paper is a description of a Thermoelectric Black Body Test Apparatus that can be used to generate temperature coefficients needed to "burn" Proms for uncooled IRFPAs during their production and burn in processing.

Finfrock, David K.; Kolander, William L.

2008-04-01

231

Development and optimization of a stove-powered thermoelectric generator  

Microsoft Academic Search

Almost a third of the world's population still lacks access to electricity. Most of these people use biomass stoves for cooking which produce significant amounts of wasted thermal energy, but no electricity. Less than 1% of this energy in the form of electricity would be adequate for basic tasks such as lighting and communications. However, an affordable and reliable means

Dan Mastbergen

2008-01-01

232

THERMOELECTRIC POWER HARVESTING SYSTEMS  

EPA Science Inventory

Energy production based on fossil fuels negatively impacts the environment and is not sustainable. Recent advances in the area of nanotechnology have lead to improved performance of direct energy conversion devices such as thermoelectric generators. However, these efforts have...

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Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials: From Superlattices to Nanocomposites Ronggui Yang1  

E-print Network

Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials: From Superlattices to Nanocomposites Ronggui Yang1. Materials with a large thermoelectric figure of merit can be used to develop efficient solid-state devices nanocomposites, aiming at developing high efficiency thermoelectric energy conversion materials. 1. Introduction

Chen, Gang

234

Thermoelectric Outer Planets Spacecraft (TOPS)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The research and advanced development work is reported on a ballistic-mode, outer planet spacecraft using radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) power. The Thermoelectric Outer Planet Spacecraft (TOPS) project was established to provide the advanced systems technology that would allow the realistic estimates of performance, cost, reliability, and scheduling that are required for an actual flight mission. A system design of the complete RTG-powered outer planet spacecraft was made; major technical innovations of certain hardware elements were designed, developed, and tested; and reliability and quality assurance concepts were developed for long-life requirements. At the conclusion of its active phase, the TOPS Project reached its principal objectives: a development and experience base was established for project definition, and for estimating cost, performance, and reliability; an understanding of system and subsystem capabilities for successful outer planets missions was achieved. The system design answered long-life requirements with massive redundancy, controlled by on-board analysis of spacecraft performance data.

1973-01-01

235

MeV Si ion modifications on the thermoelectric generators from Si/Si + Ge superlattice nano-layered films  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The performance of thermoelectric materials and devices is characterized by a dimensionless figure of merit, ZT = S2?T/K, where, S and ? denote, respectively, the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, T is the absolute temperature in Kelvin and K represents the thermal conductivity. The figure of merit may be improved by means of raising either S or ? or by lowering K. In our laboratory, we have fabricated and characterized the performance of a large variety of thermoelectric generators (TEG). Two TEG groups comprised of 50 and 100 alternating layers of Si/Si + Ge multi-nanolayered superlattice films have been fabricated and thoroughly characterized. Ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) was utilized to assemble the alternating sandwiched layers, resulting in total thickness of 300 nm and 317 nm for 50 and 100 layer devices, respectively. Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) was employed in order to monitor the precise quantity of Si and Ge utilized in the construction of specific multilayer thin films. The material layers were subsequently impregnated with quantum dots and/or quantum clusters, in order to concurrently reduce the cross plane thermal conductivity, increase the cross plane Seebeck coefficient and raise the cross plane electrical conductivity. The quantum dots/clusters were implanted via the 5 MeV Si ion bombardment which was performed using a Pelletron high energy ion beam accelerator. We have achieved remarkable results for the thermoelectric and optical properties of the Si/Si + Ge multilayer thin film TEG systems. We have demonstrated that with optimal setting of the 5 MeV Si ion beam bombardment fluences, one can fabricate TEG systems with figures of merits substantially higher than the values previously reported.

Budak, S.; Heidary, K.; Johnson, R. B.; Colon, T.; Muntele, C.; Ila, D.

2014-08-01

236

Printable thermoelectric devices and conductive patterns for medical applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Remote point-of-care is expected to revolutionize the modern medical practice, and many efforts have been made for the development of wireless health monitoring systems for continuously detecting the physiological signals of patients. To make the remote point-of-care generally accepted and widely used, it is necessary to develop cost-effective and durable wireless health monitoring systems. Printing technique will be helpful for the fabrication of high-quality and low-cost medical devices and systems because it allows high-resolution and high-speed fabrication, low material consumption and nano-sized patterning on both flexible and rigid substrates. Furthermore, application of thermoelectric generators can replace conventional batteries as the power sources for wireless health monitoring systems because thermoelectric generators can convert the wasted heat or the heat from nature into electricity which is required for the operation of the wireless health monitoring systems. In this research, we propose the concept of printable thermoelectric devices and conductive patterns for the realization of more portable and cost-effective medical devices. To print thermoelectric generators and conductive patterns on substrates, printing inks with special characteristics should be developed. For the development of thermoelectric inks, nano-structured thermoelectric materials are synthesized and characterized; and for the development of conductive inks, two kinds of surface treated carbon nanotubes are used as active materials.

Lee, Jungmin; Kim, Hyunjung; Chen, Linfeng; Choi, Sang H.; Varadan, Vijay K.

2012-10-01

237

Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials and High-Efficiency Power-Generation Modules  

Microsoft Academic Search

For thermoelectric applications, the best materials have high electrical conductivity and thermopower and, simultaneously,\\u000a low thermal conductivity. Such a combination of properties is usually found in heavily doped semiconductors. Renewed interest\\u000a in this topic has followed recent theoretical predictions that significant increases in performance are possible for nanostructured\\u000a materials, and this has been experimentally verified. During exploratory synthetic studies of

Timothy P. Hogan; Adam Downey; Jarrod Short; Jonathan D’Angelo; Chun-I. Wu; Eric Quarez; John Androulakis; Pierre F. P. Poudeu; Joseph R. Sootsman; Duck-Young Chung; Mercouri G. Kanatzidis; S. D. Mahanti; Edward J. Timm; Harold Schock; Fei Ren; Jason Johnson; Eldon D. Case

2007-01-01

238

Determination of Thermoelectric Module Efficiency A Survey  

SciTech Connect

The development of thermoelectrics (TE) for energy conversion is in the transition phase from laboratory research to device development. There is an increasing demand to accurately determine the module efficiency, especially for the power generation mode. For many thermoelectrics, the figure of merit, ZT, of the material sometimes cannot be fully realized at the device level. Reliable efficiency testing of thermoelectric modules is important to assess the device ZT and provide the end-users with realistic values on how much power can be generated under specific conditions. We conducted a general survey of efficiency testing devices and their performance. The results indicated the lack of industry standards and test procedures. This study included a commercial test system and several laboratory systems. Most systems are based on the heat flow meter method and some are based on the Harman method. They are usually reproducible in evaluating thermoelectric modules. However, cross-checking among different systems often showed large errors that are likely caused by unaccounted heat loss and thermal resistance. Efficiency testing is an important area for the thermoelectric community to focus on. A follow-up international standardization effort is planned.

Wang, Hsin [ORNL; McCarty, Robin [Marlow Industries, Inc; Salvador, James R. [GM R& D and Planning, Warren, Michigan; Yamamoto, Atsushi [AIST, Japan; Konig, Jan [Fraunhofer-Institute, Freiburg, Germany

2014-01-01

239

Organic thermoelectric materials: emerging green energy materials converting heat to electricity directly and efficiently.  

PubMed

The abundance of solar thermal energy and the widespread demands for waste heat recovery make thermoelectric generators (TEGs) very attractive in harvesting low-cost energy resources. Meanwhile, thermoelectric refrigeration is promising for local cooling and niche applications. In this context there is currently a growing interest in developing organic thermoelectric materials which are flexible, cost-effective, eco-friendly and potentially energy-efficient. In particular, the past several years have witnessed remarkable progress in organic thermoelectric materials and devices. In this review, thermoelectric properties of conducting polymers and small molecules are summarized, with recent progresses in materials, measurements and devices highlighted. Prospects and suggestions for future research efforts are also presented. The organic thermoelectric materials are emerging candidates for green energy conversion. PMID:24687930

Zhang, Qian; Sun, Yimeng; Xu, Wei; Zhu, Daoben

2014-10-29

240

Comparison of the Various Methodologies for Estimating Thermoelectric Power Generation Water Withdrawals and Their Effect on Water-Use Trends from 1985-2010 in the United States  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The U.S Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated thermoelectric water withdrawals at 5-year intervals since 1950, and consumptive use from 1950 to 1995. Changes in water demand for cooling water, a significant part of the thermoelectric water use, has important implications for water availability to meet future energy demand, especially at the local level. USGS data show total water withdrawals peaked in 1980, declined in 1985, and have remained relatively stable through 2005. Total water use has been dominated by thermoelectric withdrawals since 1965. USGS estimates through 2005 have been primarily based on compiling self-reported data by powerplant operators to State water regulatory agencies and to the Department of Energy-Energy Information Administration (EIA). The reported data from these sources have often been inconsistent because techniques for measuring or estimating the main water flows are not standardized; and, incomplete because reporting thresholds for water withdrawals vary from State-to-State. EIA only requires the reporting of water use from powerplants that are 100 megawatts or more. Some withdrawals have also been estimated with a gallon per kilowatt-hour coefficient and powerplant net electric generation; however, coefficients were mostly based on reported data, and although the coefficients accounted for differences in cooling systems, fuel type, and flue gas desulfurization and other factors, the coefficients are averages and have not accounted for either weather or climatic conditions. The USGS National Water Use Information Program (NWUIP) developed consistent estimates of water withdrawals and water consumption based on linked heat and water budgets for the entire fleet of 1,284 active water-using powerplants for 2010. In 2010, 802 powerplants reported water-use data to EIA. The linked heat and water budget calculates condenser duty for a powerplant, and estimated water withdrawal is a function of condenser duty and change in temperature in the cooling water. Condenser duty is the amount of waste heat delivered to the cooling system through the condenser. The modeled water withdrawal results were expressed as a single value for each powerplant along with a minimum and maximum that bracketed a thermodynamically reasonable range of values. This range also provided a quality assurance check for other self-reported operator or coefficient derived water withdrawal estimates for a powerplant. To varying degrees, the USGS modeled results differed from the self-reported operator values used by most USGS State offices for the 2010 national compilation. Importantly, these two USGS nationally-generated sets of 2010 withdrawal values show a notable shift in the relatively stable thermoelectric water-use trend from 1985 to 2005. To understand the shift in the 2010 thermoelectric withdrawal estimates, the methodologies were analyzed by comparing EIA reported data for 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005 to USGS national compilation estimates for the same years. Further, 2010 self-reported water withdrawal data from EIA, the USGS national compilation data, and USGS model results were also compared.

Hutson, S.

2013-12-01

241

PV-hybrid and thermoelectric collectors  

Microsoft Academic Search

Two different principles of thermoelectric cogeneration solar collectors have been realized and investigated. Concerning the first principle, the thermoelectric collector (TEC) delivers electricity indirectly by first producing heat and subsequently generating electricity by means of a thermoelectric generator. Concerning the second principle, the photovoltaic-hybrid collector (PVHC) uses photovoltaic cells, which are cooled by a liquid heat-transfer medium. The characteristics of

Gunter Rockendorf; Roland Sillmann; Lars Podlowski; Bernd Litzenburger

1999-01-01

242

Thermoelectric Conversion of Waste Heat to Electricity in an IC Engine Powered Vehicle  

SciTech Connect

The thermoelectric generator shorting system provides the capability to monitor and short-out individual thermoelectric couples in the event of failure. This makes the series configured thermoelectric generator robust to individual thermoelectric couple failure. Open circuit detection of the thermoelectric couples and the associated short control is a key technique to ensure normal functionality of the TE generator under failure of individual TE couples. This report describes a five-year effort whose goal was the understanding the issues related to the development of a thermoelectric energy recovery device for a Class-8 truck. Likely materials and important issues related to the utility of this generator were identified. Several prototype generators were constructed and demonstrated. The generators developed demonstrated several new concepts including advanced insulation, couple bypass technology and the first implementation of skutterudite thermoelectric material in a generator design. Additional work will be required to bring this system to fruition. However, such generators offer the possibility of converting energy that is otherwise wasted to useful electric power. Uur studies indicate that this can be accomplished in a cost-effective manner for this application.

None

2012-01-31

243

Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Efficient Waste Heat Recovery in Process Industries  

SciTech Connect

The overall objective of the project was to integrate advanced thermoelectric materials into a power generation device that could convert waste heat from an industrial process to electricity with an efficiency approaching 20%. Advanced thermoelectric materials were developed with figure-of-merit ZT of 1.5 at 275 degrees C. These materials were not successfully integrated into a power generation device. However, waste heat recovery was demonstrated from an industrial process (the combustion exhaust gas stream of an oxyfuel-fired flat glass melting furnace) using a commercially available (5% efficiency) thermoelectric generator coupled to a heat pipe. It was concluded that significant improvements both in thermoelectric material figure-of-merit and in cost-effective methods for capturing heat would be required to make thermoelectric waste heat recovery viable for widespread industrial application.

Adam Polcyn; Moe Khaleel

2009-01-06

244

Development of High Efficiency Segmented Thermoelectric Unicouples T. Caillat, J. -P. Fleurial, G. J. Snyder, and A. Borshchevsky  

E-print Network

Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the sponsorship of the U. S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency efficient, segmented thermoelectric unicouples incorporating advanced thermoelectric materials with superior have been measured. Introduction A segmented thermoelectric unicouple incorporating advanced

245

A 1 kWel thermoelectric stack for geothermal power generation - Modeling and geometrical optimization  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A thermoelectric stack composed of arrays of Bi-Te alloy thermoelectric converter (TEC) modules is considered for geothermal heat conversion. The TEC modules consist of Al2O3 plates with surface 30×30 mm2 and 127 p-type (Bi0.2Sb0.8)2Te3 and n-type Bi2(Te0.96Se0.04)3 thermoelement pairs, each having a cross-section of 1.05×1.05 mm2, and with a figure-of-merit of 1 and a heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency of ˜5%. A heat transfer model is formulated to couple conduction in the thermoelements with convection between the Al2O3 plates and the water flow in counter-flow channel configuration. The calculated open-circuit voltages are compared to those resulting from the mean temperature differences across the TEC modules computed by CFD. The investigated parameters are: hot water inlet and outlet temperatures (373 - 413 K and 323 - 363 K, respectively), stack length (300 - 1500 mm), thermoelement length (1 - 4 mm) and hot channel heights (0.2 - 2 mm). The heat transfer model is then applied to optimize a 1 kWel stack with hot water inlet at 393 K and outlet at 353 K for either maximum heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 2.9% or minimum size of 0.0044 m3.

Suter, C.; Jovanovic, Z.; Steinfeld, A.

2012-06-01

246

Selection and Evaluation of Thermal Interface Materials for Reduction of the Thermal Contact Resistance of Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A variety of thermal interface materials (TIMs) were investigated to find a suitable TIM for improving the performance of thermoelectric power generators (TEGs) operating in the medium-temperature range (600-900 K). The thermal resistance at the thermal interface between which the TIM was inserted was evaluated. The TIMs were chosen on the basis of their thermal stability when used with TEGs operating at medium temperatures, their electrical insulating properties, their thermal conductivity, and their thickness. The results suggest that the boron nitride (BN)-based ceramic coating, Whity Paint, and the polyurethane-based sheet, TSU700-H, are suitable TIMs for the heat source and heat sink sides, respectively, of the TEG. Use of these effectively enhances TEG performance because they reduce the thermal contact resistance at the thermal interface.

Sakamoto, Tatsuya; Iida, Tsutomu; Sekiguchi, Takeshi; Taguchi, Yutaka; Hirayama, Naomi; Nishio, Keishi; Takanashi, Yoshifumi

2014-10-01

247

Thermoelectric Materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Mg2(Si,Sn) compounds are promising candidate low-cost, lightweight, nontoxic thermoelectric materials made from abundant elements and are suited for power generation applications in the intermediate temperature range of 600 K to 800 K. Knowledge on the transport and mechanical properties of Mg2(Si,Sn) compounds is essential to the design of Mg2(Si,Sn)-based thermoelectric devices. In this work, such materials were synthesized using the molten-salt sealing method and were powder processed, followed by pulsed electric sintering densification. A set of Mg2.08Si0.4- x Sn0.6Sb x (0 ? x ? 0.072) compounds were investigated, and a peak ZT of 1.50 was obtained at 716 K in Mg2.08Si0.364Sn0.6Sb0.036. The high ZT is attributed to a high electrical conductivity in these samples, possibly caused by a magnesium deficiency in the final product. The mechanical response of the material to stresses is a function of the elastic moduli. The temperature-dependent Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, Poisson's ratio, acoustic wave speeds, and acoustic Debye temperature of the undoped Mg2(Si,Sn) compounds were measured using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy from 295 K to 603 K. In addition, the hardness and fracture toughness were measured at room temperature.

Gao, Peng; Berkun, Isil; Schmidt, Robert D.; Luzenski, Matthew F.; Lu, Xu; Bordon Sarac, Patricia; Case, Eldon D.; Hogan, Timothy P.

2014-06-01

248

Silicon nanowires as efficient thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermoelectric materials interconvert thermal gradients and electric fields for power generation or for refrigeration. Thermoelectrics currently find only niche applications because of their limited efficiency, which is measured by the dimensionless parameter ZT-a function of the Seebeck coefficient or thermoelectric power, and of the electrical and thermal conductivities. Maximizing ZT is challenging because optimizing one physical parameter often adversely affects

Akram I. Boukai; Yuri Bunimovich; Jamil Tahir-Kheli; Jen-Kan Yu; William A. Goddard III; James R. Heath

2008-01-01

249

Thermoelectric Devices Advance Thermal Management  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Thermoelectric (TE) devices heat, cool, and generate electricity when a temperature differential is provided between the two module faces. In cooperation with NASA, Chico, California-based United States Thermoelectric Consortium Inc. (USTC) built a gas emissions analyzer (GEA) for combustion research. The GEA precipitated hydrocarbon particles, preventing contamination that would hinder precise rocket fuel analysis. The USTC research and design team uses patent-pending dimple, pin-fin, microchannel and microjet structures to develop and design heat dissipation devices on the mini-scale level, which not only guarantee high performance of products, but also scale device size from 1 centimeter to 10 centimeters. USTC continues to integrate the benefits of TE devices in its current line of thermal management solutions and has found the accessibility of NASA technical research to be a valuable, sustainable resource that has continued to positively influence its product design and manufacturing

2007-01-01

250

Development of a thermoelectric one-man cooler for use by NASA astronauts  

SciTech Connect

This paper presents the development of a one-man thermoelectric (TE) cooling unit designed for use by NASA astronauts while they are wearing a protective suit during the launch and reentry phases of space shuttle missions. The unit was designed to provide a low-cooling level of 340 Btu/hour in a 75{degree}F environment and a high-cooling level of 480 Btu/hour in a 95{degree}F environment. The unit has an envelope 8 inches wide by 11 inches high by 4.5 inches deep. The TE unit was designed to optimize space and power consumption while providing adequate cooling. The operation of the TE cooling unit requires {similar_to}1.2 amps of 28 VDC power in the low power mode and {similar_to}3.0 amps of 28 VDC power in the high power mode. Two of these units have flown on several shuttle missions this year and are scheduled for continued use on future missions. The response to the TE unit`s performance has been very positive from the shuttle crew. Additional units are being fabricated to keep the shuttle crew members cooled while final development is under way. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

Heenan, P.; Mathiprakasam, B.; DeMott, D. [Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Missouri 64110 (United States)

1994-08-10

251

Determination of Thermoelectric Module Efficiency: A Survey  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The development of thermoelectrics (TE) for energy conversion is in the transition phase from laboratory research to device development. There is an increasing demand to accurately determine the module efficiency, especially for the power generation mode. For many TE, the figure of merit, ZT, of the material sometimes cannot be fully realized at the device level. Reliable efficiency testing of thermoelectric modules is important to assess the device ZT and provide end-users with realistic values for how much power can be generated under specific conditions. We conducted a general survey of efficiency testing devices and their performance. The results indicated a lack of industry standards and test procedures. This study included a commercial test system and several laboratory systems. Most systems are based on the heat flow meter method, and some are based on the Harman method. They are usually reproducible in evaluating thermoelectric modules. However, different systems often showed large differences that are likely caused by uncertain heat loss and thermal resistance. Efficiency testing is an important capability for the thermoelectric community to improve. A follow-up international standardization effort is planned.

Wang, Hsin; McCarty, Robin; Salvador, James R.; Yamamoto, Atsushi; König, Jan

2014-06-01

252

Simulation and Design of Vehicle Exhaust Power Generation Systems: The Interaction Between the Heat Exchanger and the Thermoelectric Modules  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Vehicle exhaust power generation systems (VEPGS), mainly consisting of a heat exchanger, cooling system, thermoelectric modules (TEMs), and clamping device, have attracted wide interest and attention for power generation from waste heat. In this work, systematical research was conducted to investigate the thermal performance, power output, and thermal stress of a VEPGS by using the multifield coupling method. Different from previous research, this work simulates a model that integrates the heat exchanger and TEMs, focusing on the effect of the TEMs on the thermal performance of the heat exchanger. It is found that the TEMs have a significant effect on the thermal performance of the heat exchanger. When not considering the effects of the TEMs, the hot-end temperature of the TEMs would be seriously underestimated, which would result in underestimation of the power output of the VEPGS and the level of thermal stress of the TEMs. Meanwhile, when considering the effect of the TEMs, the hot-end temperature distribution exhibits significant changes, and its temperature uniformity is significantly improved. The results suggest that, in VEPGS design and optimization, the interaction between the heat exchanger and TEMs should be considered. This study also contributes to a more accurate assessment method for VEPGS design and simulation.

Tao, Cong; Chen, Gang; Mu, Yu; Liu, Lisheng; Zhai, Pengcheng

2014-12-01

253

Modal Analysis and Study of the Vibration Characteristics of the Thermoelectric Modules of Vehicle Exhaust Power-Generation Systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric (TE) materials and modules are important components of vehicle exhaust power-generation systems. The road and the engine, the main sources of vibration of TE modules, have substantial effects on the vibration characteristics of TE modules. In this work, modal analysis and the vibration characteristics of TE modules were investigated in detail. On the basis of the TE modules and their service environment, simulations for modal analysis were performed by use of the finite-element method, and the natural frequencies and mode shapes of the TE modules were obtained. The numerical results were used to compare the natural frequencies of TE modules under different contact stiffness with the range of excitation frequencies of road and engine, in an attempt to prevent severe resonance. The effects on the vibration characteristics of geometric dimensions, service temperature, and thermal stress of the TE modules are also discussed in detail. The results reveal the vibration characteristics of the TE modules and provide theoretical guidance for structure optimization in the design of vehicle exhaust power-generation systems.

Chen, Gang; Mu, Yu; Zhai, Pengcheng; Yu, Rui; Li, Guodong; Zhang, Qingjie

2014-06-01

254

Update to the safety program for the general-purpose heat source radioisotope thermoelectric generators for the Galileo and Ulysses missions  

Microsoft Academic Search

With the rescheduling of the Galileo and Ulysses launches and the use of new upper stages following the Challenger accident, the aerospace nuclear safety program for the general-purpose heat source radioisotope thermoelectric generators (GPHS-RTGs) was extended to accommodate the new mission scenarios. As in the original safety program, the objectives were to determine the response of the GPHS-RTG to the

Gary L. Bennett; C. T. Bradshaw; Richard W. Englehart; Bart W. Bartram; Theresa A. Cull; Roy W. Zocher; Marshall B. Eck; Meera Mukunda; Peter T. Brenza; Chris C. Chan

1992-01-01

255

Measurements and Standards for Thermoelectric Materials  

E-print Network

Measurements and Standards for Thermoelectric Materials CERAMICS Our goal is to develop standard, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity) for thin film and bulk thermoelectric materials to enable the commercialization of these materials. Objective Impact and Customers · Thermoelectric SRMs and measurement methods

256

Modeling the thermoelectric properties of bulk and nanocomposite thermoelectric materials  

E-print Network

Thermoelectric materials are materials which are capable of converting heat directly into electricity. They have long been used in specialized fields where high reliability is needed, such as space power generation. Recently, ...

Minnich, Austin (Austin Jerome)

2008-01-01

257

The design of a source to simulate the gamma-ray spectrum emitted by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A simulated source was designed to duplicate the gamma spectrum of a uniform cylindrical 2200-watt Pu02 radioisotope thermoelectric generator containing 81% Pu-238 and 1.2 ppm Pu-236. Gamma rays from the decay of Pu-238, Am-241, Pu-239, and the 0-18(alpha,n)Ne-21 reaction were catalogued in broad energy groups. Two 46- and one 22-mc Th-228 sources provided simulation at various times in the life of the fuel capsule up to 18 years, which covers the time span of an outer planet mission. Emission from Th-228 represents the overwhelming contribution of the gamma spectrum after the first few years. The sources, in the form of 13-inch rods, were placed in a concentric hole in a cylinder of depleted uranium, which provided shielding equivalent to the self-shielding of the fuel capsule. The thickness of the U-238 cylinder (0.55cm) was determined by Monte Carlo calculations to insure that the spectrum emerging from the simulated source matched that of the fuel capsule.

Reier, M.

1972-01-01

258

High-performance dispenser printed MA p-type Bi(0.5)Sb(1.5)Te(3) flexible thermoelectric generators for powering wireless sensor networks.  

PubMed

This work presents a novel method to synthesize p-type composite thermoelectric materials to print scalable thermoelectric generator (TEG) devices in a cost-effective way. A maximum ZT of 0.2 was achieved for mechanically alloyed (MA) p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 (8 wt % extra Te additive)-epoxy composite films cured at 250 °C. A 50% increase in Seebeck coefficient as a result of adding 8 wt % extra Te in stoichiometric Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 contributed to the increase in ZT. To demonstrate cost-effective and scalable manufacturing, we fabricated a sixty element thermoelectric generator prototype with 5.0 mm × 600 ?m × 120 ?m printed dimensions on a custom designed polyimide substrate with thick metal contacts. The prototype TEG device produced a power output of 20.5 ?W at 0.15 mA and 130 mV for a temperature difference of 20 K resulting in a device areal power density of 152 ?W/cm(2). This power is sufficient for low power applications such as wireless sensor network (WSN) devices. PMID:24160841

Madan, Deepa; Wang, Zuoqian; Chen, Alic; Wright, Paul K; Evans, James W

2013-11-27

259

SP100 thermoelectric electromagnetic pump development-Electromagnetic integration test plan  

Microsoft Academic Search

SP-100 is a space nuclear power system that meets the needs of a wide spectrum of potential applications requiring electrical power in the range of 10's to 1000's of kilowatts. The thermoelectric Electromagnetic (TEM) pump is a key component of the system that efficiently and reliably pumps lithium coolant through both the heat transport and heat rejection subsystem of SP-100.

Regina S. Narkiewicz; Jerry C. Atwell; John M. Collet; Upendra N. Sinha

1992-01-01

260

SP100 thermoelectric electromagnetic pump development-Electromagnetic integration test plan  

Microsoft Academic Search

SP-100 is a space nuclear power system that meets the needs of a wide spectrum of potential applications requiring electrical power in the range of 10’s to 1000’s of kilowatts. The thermoelectric Electromagnetic (TEM) pump is a key component of the system that efficiently and reliably pumps lithium coolant through both the heat transport and heat rejection subsystem of SP-100.

Regina S. Narkiewicz; Jerry C. Atwell; John M. Collet; Upendra N. Sinha

1992-01-01

261

Thermoelectric system  

DOEpatents

In one particular embodiment, an internal combustion engine is provided. The engine comprises a block, a head, a piston, a combustion chamber defined by the block, the piston, and the head, and at least one thermoelectric device positioned between the combustion chamber and the head. In this particular embodiment, the thermoelectric device is in direct contact with the combustion chamber. In another particular embodiment, a cylinder head configured to sit atop a cylinder bank of an internal combustion engine is provided. The cylinder head comprises a cooling channel configured to receive cooling fluid, valve seats configured for receiving intake and exhaust valves, and thermoelectric devices positioned around the valve seats.

Reiners, Eric A. (Washington, IL); Taher, Mahmoud A. (Peoria, IL); Fei, Dong (Peoria, IL); McGilvray, Andrew N. (East Peoria, IL)

2007-10-30

262

Semimetal/semiconductor nanocomposites for thermoelectrics.  

PubMed

In this work, we present research on semimetal-semiconductor nanocomposites grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) for thermoelectric applications. We study several different III-V semiconductors embedded with semimetallic rare earth-group V (RE-V) compounds, but focus is given here to ErSb:In(x)Ga(1?x)Sb as a promising p-type thermoelectric material. Nanostructures of RE-V compounds are formed and embedded within the III-V semiconductor matrix. By co-doping the nanocomposites with the appropriate dopants, both n-type and p-type materials have been made for thermoelectric applications. The thermoelectric properties have been engineered for enhanced thermoelectric device performance. Segmented thermoelectric power generator modules using 50 ? m thick Er-containing nanocomposites have been fabricated and measured. Research on different rare earth elements for thermoelectrics is discussed. PMID:21751469

Lu, Hong; Burke, Peter G; Gossard, Arthur C; Zeng, Gehong; Ramu, Ashok T; Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Bowers, John E

2011-05-24

263

Advanced Radioisotope Power Systems Segmented Thermoelectric Research  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Flight times are long; - Need power systems with >15 years life. Mass is at an absolute premium; - Need power systems with high specific power and scalability. 3 orders of magnitude reduction in solar irradiance from Earth to Pluto. Nuclear power sources preferable. The Overall objective is to develop low mass, high efficiency, low-cost Advanced Radioisotope Power System with double the Specific Power and Efficiency over state-of-the-art Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs).

Caillat, Thierry

2004-01-01

264

Application of thermoelectric cooling to electronic equipment: a review and analysis  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper provides a review of thermoelectric cooling and its application to the cooling of electronic equipment. A background discussion of thermoelectric cooling is provided briefly citing early history, current developments, and the defining thermoelectric heat pumping equations. Several examples are provided of early IBM applications of thermoelectric cooling. An analysis to assess thermoelectric cooling enhancement in terms of increases

R. E. Simons; R. C. Chu

2000-01-01

265

From local force-flux relationships to internal dissipations and their impact on heat engine performance: the illustrative case of a thermoelectric generator.  

PubMed

We present an in-depth analysis of the sometimes understated role of the principle of energy conservation in linear irreversible thermodynamics. Our case study is that of a thermoelectric generator (TEG), which is a heat engine of choice in irreversible thermodynamics, owing to the coupling between the electrical and heat fluxes. We show why Onsager's reciprocal relations must be considered locally and how internal dissipative processes emerge from the extension of these relations to a global scale: The linear behavior of a heat engine at the local scale is associated with a dissipation process that must partake in the global energy balance. We discuss the consequences of internal dissipations on the so-called efficiency at maximum power, in the light of our comparative analyses of exoreversibility and endoreversibility on the one hand and of two classes of heat engines, autonomous and periodically driven, on the other hand. Finally, basing our analysis on energy conservation, we also discuss recent works which claim the possibility to overcome the traditional boundaries on efficiency imposed by finite-time thermodynamics in thermoelectric systems with broken time-reversal symmetry; this we do by introducing a "thermal" thermopower and an "electrical" thermopower which permits an analysis of the thermoelectric response of the TEG considering a possible dissymmetry between the electrical/thermal and the thermal/electrical couplings. PMID:24032805

Apertet, Y; Ouerdane, H; Goupil, C; Lecoeur, Ph

2013-08-01

266

Nano-materials Enabled Thermoelectricity from Window Glasses  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With a projection of nearly doubling up the world population by 2050, we need wide variety of renewable and clean energy sources to meet the increased energy demand. Solar energy is considered as the leading promising alternate energy source with the pertinent challenge of off sunshine period and uneven worldwide distribution of usable sun light. Although thermoelectricity is considered as a reasonable renewable energy from wasted heat, its mass scale usage is yet to be developed. Here we show, large scale integration of nano-manufactured pellets of thermoelectric nano-materials, embedded into window glasses to generate thermoelectricity using the temperature difference between hot outside and cool inside. For the first time, this work offers an opportunity to potentially generate 304 watts of usable power from 9 m2 window at a 20°C temperature gradient. If a natural temperature gradient exists, this can serve as a sustainable energy source for green building technology.

Inayat, Salman B.; Rader, Kelly R.; Hussain, Muhammad M.

2012-11-01

267

Novel thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Several new approaches to the design of improved thermoelectric materials have stimulated a resurgence of interest in this very old field. Within the past two years materials have been developed that validated one or more of these new ideas. Perhaps the most significant development is the concept and realization of materials that conduct electricity like a crystalline solid but heat

Brian C Sales

1997-01-01

268

Development of a preprototype thermoelectric integrated membrane evaporation subsystem for water recovery  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A three-man urine water recovery preprototype subsystem using a new concept to provide efficient potable water recovery from waste fluids on extended duration space flights has been designed, fabricated, and tested. Low power, compactness, and gravity insensitive operation are featured in this vacuum distillation subsystem that combines a hollow fiber polysulfone membrane evaporator with a thermoelectric heat pump. Application and integration of these key elements have solved problems inherent in previous reclamation subsystem designs. The hollow fiber elements provide positive liquid/gas phase control with no moving parts other than a waste liquid recirculation pump and a product water withdrawal pump. Tubular membranes provide structural integrity, improving on previous flat sheet membrane designs. A thermoelectric heat pump provides latent energy recovery.

Winkler, H. E.; Roebelen, G. J., Jr.

1980-01-01

269

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator Transporation System licensed hardware second certification test series and package shock mount system test  

SciTech Connect

This paper presents a summary of two separate drop test a e performed in support of the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) Transportation System (RTGTS). The first portion of this paper presents the second series of drop testing required to demonstrate that the RTG package design meets the requirements of Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, ``Part 71`` (10 CFR 71). Results of the first test series, performed in July 1994, demonstrated that some design changes were necessary. The package design was modified to improve test performance and the design changes were incorporated into the Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP). The second full-size certification test article (CTA-2) incorporated the modified design and was tested at the US Department of Energy`s (DOE) Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. With the successful completion of the test series, and pending DOE Office of Facility Safety Analysis approval of the SARP, a certificate of compliance will be issued for the RTG package allowing its use. The second portion of this paper presents the design and testing of the RTG Package Mount System. The RTG package mount was designed to protect the RTG from excessive vibration during transport, provide shock protection during on/off loading, and provide a mechanism for moving the RTG package with a forklift. Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810E, Transit Drop Procedure (DOE 1989), was used to verify that the shock limiting system limited accelerations in excess of 15 G`s at frequencies below 150 Hz. Results of the package mount drop tests indicate that an impact force of 15 G`s was not exceeded in any test from a free drop height of 457 mm (18 in.).

Ferrell, P.C.; Moody, D.A.

1995-10-01

270

New methods of generating electricity from gas sources  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermoelectric generators, thermionic converters, and MHD generators are discussed from the standpoint of development, materials problems, efficiency, and potential applications. Because of the high temperatures and lengths of nozzle required for effective conversion, MHD units appear more suited for gas- and oil-fired central stations of the 100 megawatt class. Thermoelectric devices, which do not require high temperatures, are less complex

Von Fredersdorff

1960-01-01

271

Review of State of the Art Technologies used to Improve Performance of Thermoelectric Devices  

E-print Network

focused towards developing both thermoelectric structures and materials that have high efficiency with 1) experiments focused towards finding new materials and structures with enhanced thermoelectric experimental materials search for improved thermoelectric devices. A new quantum model is also presented, which

Walker, D. Greg

272

Vibration Testing of the Pluto/New Horizons Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator  

SciTech Connect

The Radioisotopic Thermal Generator (RTG) for the Pluto/New Horizons spacecraft was subjected to a flight dynamic acceptance test to demonstrate that it would perform successfully following launch. Seven RTGs of this type had been assembled and tested at Mound, Ohio from 1984 to 1997. This paper chronicles major events in establishing a new vibration test laboratory at the Idaho National Laboratory and the nineteen days of dynamic testing.

Charles D. Griffin

2006-06-01

273

Band engineering of thermoelectric materials.  

PubMed

Lead chalcogenides have long been used for space-based and thermoelectric remote power generation applications, but recent discoveries have revealed a much greater potential for these materials. This renaissance of interest combined with the need for increased energy efficiency has led to active consideration of thermoelectrics for practical waste heat recovery systems-such as the conversion of car exhaust heat into electricity. The simple high symmetry NaCl-type cubic structure, leads to several properties desirable for thermoelectricity, such as high valley degeneracy for high electrical conductivity and phonon anharmonicity for low thermal conductivity. The rich capabilities for both band structure and microstructure engineering enable a variety of approaches for achieving high thermoelectric performance in lead chalcogenides. This Review focuses on manipulation of the electronic and atomic structural features which makes up the thermoelectric quality factor. While these strategies are well demonstrated in lead chalcogenides, the principles used are equally applicable to most good thermoelectric materials that could enable improvement of thermoelectric devices from niche applications into the mainstream of energy technologies. PMID:23074043

Pei, Yanzhong; Wang, Heng; Snyder, G J

2012-12-01

274

A New High Efficiency Segmented Thermoelectric Unicouple  

Microsoft Academic Search

To achieve high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency, it is desirable to operate thermoelectric generator devices over large temperature gradients and also to maximize the thermoelectric performance of the materials used to build the devices. However, no single thermoelectric material is suitable for use over a very wide range of temperatures (~300-1000K). It is therefore necessary to use different materials in

T. Caillat; P. Fleurial; G. J. Snyder; A. Zoltan; D. Zoltan; A. Borshchevsky

275

Materials for thermoelectric energy conversion  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The field of thermoelectric energy conversion is reviewed from both a theoretical and an experimental standpoint. The basic theory is introduced and the thermodynamic and solid state views are compared. An overview of the development of thermoelectric materials is presented with particular emphasis being placed on the most recent developments in high-temperature semiconductors. A number of possible device applications are discussed and the successful use and suitability of these devices for space power is manifest.

Wood, C.

1988-01-01

276

Subsurface Ambient Thermoelectric Power for Moles and Penetrators1  

E-print Network

1 Subsurface Ambient Thermoelectric Power for Moles and Penetrators1 Ralph D. Lorenz, Lunar for electrical power generation for planetary exploration applications using thermoelectric conversion of the vehicle. Proof-of-concept experiments are described using off-the-shelf thermoelectric CPU cooling plates

Lorenz, Ralph D.

277

Thermionic Energy Conversion (TEC) topping thermoelectrics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Performance expectations for thermionic and thermoelectric energy conversion systems are reviewed. It is noted that internal radiation effects diminish thermoelectric figures of merit significantly at 1000 K and substantially at 2000 K; the effective thermal conductivity contribution of intrathermoelectric radiative dissipation increases with the third power of temperature. It is argued that a consideration of thermoelectric power generation with high temperature heat sources should include utilization of thermionic energy conversion (TEC) topping thermoelectrics. However TEC alone or TEC topping more efficient conversion systems like steam or gas turbines, combined cycles, or Stirling engines would be more desirable generally.

Morris, J. F.

1981-01-01

278

Development of bismuth tellurium selenide nanoparticles for thermoelectric applications via a chemical synthetic process  

SciTech Connect

Research highlights: {yields} We synthesized a Bi{sub 2}Te{sub y}Se{sub 3-y} nano-compound via a chemical synthetic process. {yields} The compound was sintered to achieve an average grain size of about 300 nm. {yields} The resulting sintered body showed very low thermal conductivity. It is likely caused by the vigorous phonon scattering of the nano-sized grains. -- Abstract: Bismuth tellurium selenide (Bi{sub 2}Te{sub y}Se{sub 3-y}) nanoparticles for thermoelectric applications are successfully prepared via a water-based chemical reaction under atmospheric conditions. The nanostructured compound is prepared using a complexing agent (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) and a reducing agent (ascorbic acid) to stabilize the bismuth precursor (Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}) in water and to favor the reaction with reduced sources of tellurium and selenium. The resulting powder is smaller than ca. 100 nm and has a crystalline structure corresponding to the rhombohedral Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 2.7}Se{sub 0.3}. The nanocrystalline powder is sintered via a spark plasma sintering process to obtain a sintered body composed of nano-sized grains. Important transport properties of the sintered body are measured to calculate its most important characteristic, the thermoelectric performance. The results demonstrate a relationship between the nanostructure of the sintered body and its thermal conductivity.

Kim, Cham [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), 711-623 Hosan-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-230 (Korea, Republic of) [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), 711-623 Hosan-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-230 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), San 31 Hyoja-dong, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dong Hwan; Han, Yoon Soo [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), 711-623 Hosan-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-230 (Korea, Republic of)] [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), 711-623 Hosan-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-230 (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Jong Shik [Department of Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), San 31 Hyoja-dong, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)] [Department of Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), San 31 Hyoja-dong, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Park, SangHa [Daegu Machinery Institute of Components and Materials (DMI), 12 Horim-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-240 (Korea, Republic of)] [Daegu Machinery Institute of Components and Materials (DMI), 12 Horim-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-240 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Soonheum [Department of Nanomaterial Chemistry, Dongguk University, Seokjang-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk 780-714 (Korea, Republic of)] [Department of Nanomaterial Chemistry, Dongguk University, Seokjang-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk 780-714 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hoyoung, E-mail: hoykim@dgist.ac.kr [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), 711-623 Hosan-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-230 (Korea, Republic of)] [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), 711-623 Hosan-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 704-230 (Korea, Republic of)

2011-03-15

279

Fabrication of Lanthanum Telluride 14-1-11 Zintl High-Temperature Thermoelectric Couple  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The development of more efficient thermoelectric couple technology capable of operating with high-grade heat sources up to 1,275 K is key to improving the performance of radioisotope thermoelectric generators. Lanthanum telluride La3-xTe4 and 14-1-11 Zintls (Yb14MnSb11) have been identified as very promising materials. The fabrication of advanced high-temperature thermoelectric couples requires the joining of several dissimilar materials, typically including a number of diffusion bonding and brazing steps, to achieve a device capable of operating at elevated temperatures across a large temperature differential (up to 900 K). A thermoelectric couple typically comprises a heat collector/ exchanger, metallic interconnects on both hot and cold sides, n-type and ptype conductivity thermoelectric elements, and cold-side hardware to connect to the cold-side heat rejection and provide electrical connections. Differences in the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of the materials that make up the thermoelectric couple, especially differences in the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE), result in undesirable interfacial stresses that can lead to mechanical failure of the device. The problem is further complicated by the fact that the thermoelectric materials under consideration have large CTE values, are brittle, and cracks can propagate through them with minimal resistance. The inherent challenge of bonding brittle, high-thermal-expansion thermoelectric materials to a hot shoe material that is thick enough to carry the requisite electrical current was overcome. A critical advantage over prior art is that this device was constructed using all diffusion bonds and a minimum number of assembly steps. The fabrication process and the materials used are described in the following steps: (1) Applying a thin refractory metal foil to both sides of lanthanum telluride. To fabricate the n-type leg of the advanced thermoelectric couple, the pre-synthesized lanthanum telluride coupon was diffusion bonded to the metal foil using a thin adhesion layer. (2) Repeating a similar process for the 14-1-11 Zintl p-type leg of the advanced thermoelectric couple. (3) Bonding thick CTE-matched metal plates on the metallized lanthanum telluride and Yb14MnSb11 to form the hot and cold sides of the thermoelectric couple. The calculated conversion efficiency of such an advanced couple would be about 10.5 percent, about 35 percent better than heritage radioisotope thermoelectric technology that relies on Si-Ge alloys. In addition, unlike Si-Ge alloys, these materials can be combined with many other thermoelectric materials optimized for operation at lower temperatures to achieve conversion efficiency in excess of 15 percent (a factor of 2 increase over heritage technology).

Ravi, Vilupanur A.; Li, Billy Chun-Yip; Fleurial, Pierre; Star, Kurt

2010-01-01

280

Thermoelectric Generators from AgBiTe and AgSbTe Thin Films Modified by High-Energy Beam  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The ternary chalcogenides AgBiTe2 and AgSbTe2 belong to the family of semiconductors with disordered NaCl cubic structure in which Ag and Sb occupy metal sublattices. Both compounds are very interesting due to their thermoelectric properties. We have grown single-layer AgBiTe and AgSbTe thin films on silicon (Si) and fused silica (Suprasil) substrates using electron beam deposition. High-energy (MeV) Si-ion bombardment was performed on the thin-film samples at five different fluences between 5 × 1013 ions/cm2 and 7 × 1015 ions/cm2. We have measured the thermoelectric efficiency (figure of merit, ZT) of the fabricated thermoelectric devices by measuring the cross-plane thermal conductivity using the third-harmonic (3?) method, the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient, and the in-plane electrical conductivity using the van der Pauw method before and after MeV Si-ion bombardment. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and the Rutherford Universal Manipulation Program (RUMP) simulation package were used to analyze the elemental composition and thickness of the deposited materials on the substrates. The RUMP simulation gave thicknesses for the AgBiTe and AgSbTe thin films of 270 nm and 188 nm, respectively. The figure of merit for AgBiTe started to decrease from the value of 0.37 for the virgin sample after bombardment. We saw similar decreasing behavior for the AgSbTe thin-film system. The figure of merit for AgSbTe started to decrease from the value of 0.88 for the virgin sample after bombardment. MeV Si-ion bombardment caused changes in the thermoelectric properties of the thin films.

Budak, S.; Guner, S.; Muntele, C.; Ila, D.

2015-01-01

281

Architectural innovation foresight of thermoelectric generator charger integrated portable power supply for portable consumer electronic device in metropolitan market: The case study of Thailand  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the context of information and communication technology (ICT) trend for worldwide individuals, social life becomes digital and portable consumer electronic devices (PCED) powered by conventional power supply from batteries have been evolving through miniaturization and various function integration. Thermoelectric generators (TEG) were hypothesized for its potential role of battery charger to serve the shining PCED market. Hence, this paper, mainly focusing at the metropolitan market in Thailand, aimed to conduct architectural innovation foresight and to develop scenarios on potential exploitation approach of PCED battery power supply with TEG charger converting power from ambient heat source adjacent to individual's daily life. After technical review and assessment for TEG potential and battery aspect, the business research was conducted to analyze PCED consumer behavior for their PCED utilization pattern, power supply lack problems, and encountering heat sources/sinks in 3 modes: daily life, work, and leisure hobbies. Based on the secondary data analysis from literature and National Statistical Office of Thailand, quantitative analysis was applied using the cluster probability sampling methodology, statistically, with the sample size of 400 at 0.05 level of significance. In addition, the qualitative analysis was conducted to emphasize the rationale of consumer's behavior using in-depth qualitative interview. Scenario planning technique was also used to generate technological and market trend foresight. Innovation field and potential scenario for matching technology with market was proposed in this paper. The ingredient for successful commercialization of battery power supply with TEG charger for PCED market consists of 5 factors as follows: (1) PCED characteristic, (2) potential ambient heat sources/sinks, (3) battery module, (4) power management module, and the final jigsaw (5) characteristic and adequate arrangement of TEG modules. The foresight outcome for the potential innovations represents a case study in the pilot commercialization of TEG technology for some interesting niche markets in metropolitan area of Thailand, and, thus, can be the clue for product development related to TEG for market-driven application in other similar requirement conditions and contexts as well.

Maolikul, S.; Kiatgamolchai, S.; Chavarnakul, T.

2012-06-01

282

Development of Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator for Space Exploration  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Under the joint sponsorship of the Department of Energy and NASA, a radioisotope power system utilizing Stirling power conversion technology is being developed for potential future space missions. The higher conversion efficiency of the Stirling cycle compared with that of Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) used in previous missions (Viking, Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo, Ulysses, Cassini, and New Horizons) offers the advantage of a four-fold reduction in PuO2 fuel, thereby saving cost and reducing radiation exposure to support personnel. With the advancement of state-of-the-art Stirling technology development under the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) project, the Stirling Radioisotope Generator program has evolved to incorporate the advanced Stirling convertor (ASC), provided by Sunpower, into an engineering unit. Due to the reduced envelope and lighter mass of the ASC compared to the previous Stirling convertor, the specific power of the flight generator is projected to increase from 3.5 to 7 We/kg, along with a 25 percent reduction in generator length. Modifications are being made to the ASC design to incorporate features for thermal, mechanical, and electrical integration with the engineering unit. These include the heat collector for hot end interface, cold-side flange for waste heat removal and structural attachment, and piston position sensor for ASC control and power factor correction. A single-fault tolerant, active power factor correction controller is used to synchronize the Stirling convertors, condition the electrical power from AC to DC, and to control the ASCs to maintain operation within temperature and piston stroke limits. Development activities at Sunpower and NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) are also being conducted on the ASC to demonstrate the capability for long life, high reliability, and flight qualification needed for use in future missions.

Chan, Jack; Wood, J. Gary; Schreiber, Jeffrey G.

2007-01-01

283

Water, Power, and Stress: Impacts of Thermoelectric Power Generation on Water Basins in the Coterminous U.S  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric power cooling represents the highest anthropogenic demand for water in the coterminous United States, accounting for over 41% of all freshwater taken from the environment. In watersheds where multiple power plants require water for cooling, these demands can significantly stress local water resources. Our study uses the Water Supply Stress Index, or WaSSI, to calculate the ratio of water demand to water supply for 2,106 8-digit hydrologic units nationwide (Sun et al. 2008). Water demand is determined by withdrawals from seven major user categories (commercial, domestic, industrial, irrigation, livestock, mining, thermoelectric), while supply is the sum of a) surface water supply; b) groundwater supply, based on historic rates of groundwater withdrawal; and c) return flows from major water users, including cities, agriculture and power plants. Water imported from other basins is not taken into account. To identify the basins where thermoelectric water use adds significantly to the water burden, we calculate the WaSSI for each basin nationwide, both with and without power-plant water use included. We find that power plants substantially exacerbate water stress in 44 basins, primarily located in California, the Great Lakes, the South Atlantic-Gulf, and the Colorado River. Our current work explores various indicators of stress in these "hotspots", in terms of water availability, increased water temperatures, and potential impacts to aquatic species.

Madden, N. T.; Averyt, K.; Huber-lee, A. T.; Levental, S.; Lewis, A.

2011-12-01

284

Thermoelectric refrigerator  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A refrigerator is provided which combines the benefits of superinsulation materials with thermoelectric devices and phase change materials to provide an environmentally benign system that is energy efficient and can maintain relatively uniform temperatures for extended periods of time with relatively low electrical power requirements. The refrigerator includes a thermoelectric assembly having a thermoelectric device with a hot sink and a cold sink. The superinsulation materials include a plurality of vacuum panels. The refrigerator is formed from an enclosed structure having a door. The vacuum panels may be contained within the walls of the enclosed structure and the door. By mounting the thermoelectric assembly on the door, the manufacturer of the enclosed structure is simplified and the overall R rating of the refrigerator increased. Also an electrical motor and propellers may be mounted on the door to assist in the circulation of air to improve the efficiency of the cold sink and the hot sink. A propeller and/or impeller is preferably mounted within the refrigerator to assist in establishing the desired air circulation flow path.

Park, Brian V. (Inventor); Smith, Jr., Malcolm C. (Inventor); McGrath, Ralph D. (Inventor); Gilley, Michael D. (Inventor); Criscuolo, Lance (Inventor); Nelson, John L. (Inventor)

1996-01-01

285

Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties  

DOEpatents

The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

Yang, Peidong; Majumdar, Arunava; Hochbaum, Allon I; Chen, Renkun; Delgado, Raul Diaz

2014-05-20

286

Development of an energy-saving module via combination of solar cells and thermoelectric coolers for green building applications  

Microsoft Academic Search

A solar-driven thermoelectric cooling module with a waste heat regeneration unit designed for green building applications is investigated in this paper. The waste heat regeneration unit consisting of two parallel copper plates and a water channel with staggered fins is installed between the solar cells and the thermoelectric cooler. The useless solar energy from the solar cells and the heat

Tsung-Chieh Cheng; Chin-Hsiang Cheng; Zhu-Zin Huang; Guo-Chun Liao

2011-01-01

287

High temperature thermoelectrics  

DOEpatents

In accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, a thermoelectric device includes a plurality of thermoelectric elements that each include a diffusion barrier. The diffusion barrier includes a refractory metal. The thermoelectric device also includes a plurality of conductors coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric elements. The plurality of conductors include aluminum. In addition, the thermoelectric device includes at least one plate coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric elements using a braze. The braze includes aluminum.

Moczygemba, Joshua E.; Biershcenk, James L.; Sharp, Jeffrey W.

2014-09-23

288

Lunar Base Thermoelectric Power Station Study  

SciTech Connect

Under NASA's Project Prometheus, the Nuclear Space Power Systems Program, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, and Teledyne Energy Systems have teamed with a number of universities, under the Segmented Thermoelectric Multicouple Converter (STMC) Task, to develop the next generation of advanced thermoelectric converters for space reactor power systems. Work on the STMC converter assembly has progressed to the point where the lower temperature stage of the segmented multicouple converter assembly is ready for laboratory testing, and promising candidates for the upper stage materials have been identified and their properties are being characterized. One aspect of the program involves mission application studies to help define the potential benefits from the use of these STMC technologies for designated NASA missions such as a lunar base power station where kilowatts of power would be required to maintain a permanent manned presence on the surface of the moon. A modular 50 kWe thermoelectric power station concept was developed to address a specific set of requirements developed for this particular mission concept. Previous lunar lander concepts had proposed the use of lunar regolith as in-situ radiation shielding material for a reactor power station with a one kilometer exclusion zone radius to minimize astronaut radiation dose rate levels. In the present concept, we will examine the benefits and requirements for a hermetically-sealed reactor thermoelectric power station module suspended within a man-made lunar surface cavity. The concept appears to maximize the shielding capabilities of the lunar regolith while minimizing its handling requirements. Both thermal and nuclear radiation levels from operation of the station, at its 100-m exclusion zone radius, were evaluated and found to be acceptable. Site preparation activities are reviewed as well as transport issues for this concept. The goal of the study was to review the entire life cycle of the unit to assess its technical problems and technology needs in all areas to support the development, deployment, operation and disposal of the unit.

Determan, William; Frye, Patrick [Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109 (United States); Mondt, Jack; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Johnson, Ken; Stapfer, Gerhard [Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc., P.O. Box 7922, Canoga Park, CA 91309 (United States); Brooks, Michael; Heshmatpour, Ben [Teledyne Energy Systems, Inc., 10707 Gilroy Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (United States)

2006-01-20

289

Lunar base thermoelectric power station study  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Under NASA's Project Prometheus, the Nuclear Systems Program, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and Teledyne Energy Systems have teamed with a number of universities, under the Segmented Thermoelectric Multicouple Converter (STMC) program, to develop the next generation of advanced thermoelectric converters for space reactor power systems. Work on the STMC converter assembly has progressed to the point where the lower temperature stage of the segmented multicouple converter assembly is ready for laboratory testing and the upper stage materials have been identified and their properties are being characterized. One aspect of the program involves mission application studies to help define the potential benefits from the use of these STMC technologies for designated NASA missions such as the lunar base power station where kilowatts of power are required to maintain a permanent manned presence on the surface of the moon. A modular 50 kWe thermoelectric power station concept was developed to address a specific set of requirements developed for this mission. Previous lunar lander concepts had proposed the use of lunar regolith as in-situ radiation shielding material for a reactor power station with a one kilometer exclusion zone radius to minimize astronaut radiation dose rate levels. In the present concept, we will examine the benefits and requirements for a hermetically-sealed reactor thermoelectric power station module suspended within a man-made lunar surface cavity. The concept appears to maximize the shielding capabilities of the lunar regolith while minimizing its handling requirements. Both thermal and nuclear radiation levels from operation of the station, at its 100-m exclusion zone radius, were evaluated and found to be acceptable. Site preparation activities are reviewed and well as transport issues for this concept. The goal of the study was to review the entire life cycle of the unit to assess its technical problems and technology needs in all areas to support the development, deployment, operation and disposal of the unit.

Determan, William; Frye, Patrick; Mondt, Jack; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Johnson, Ken; Stapfer, G.; Brooks, Michael D.; Heshmatpour, Ben

2006-01-01

290

An Innovative System for the Efficient and Effective Treatment of Non-Traditional Waters for Reuse in Thermoelectric Power Generation  

SciTech Connect

This study assessed opportunities for improving water quality associated with coal-fired power generation including the use of non-traditional waters for cooling, innovative technology for recovering and reusing water within power plants, novel approaches for the removal of trace inorganic compounds from ash pond effluents, and novel approaches for removing biocides from cooling tower blowdown. This research evaluated specifically designed pilot-scale constructed wetland systems for treatment of targeted constituents in non-traditional waters for reuse in thermoelectric power generation and other purposes. The overall objective of this project was to decrease targeted constituents in non-traditional waters to achieve reuse criteria or discharge limitations established by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Clean Water Act (CWA). The six original project objectives were completed, and results are presented in this final technical report. These objectives included identification of targeted constituents for treatment in four non-traditional water sources, determination of reuse or discharge criteria for treatment, design of constructed wetland treatment systems for these non-traditional waters, and measurement of treatment of targeted constituents in non-traditional waters, as well as determination of the suitability of the treated non-traditional waters for reuse or discharge to receiving aquatic systems. The four non-traditional waters used to accomplish these objectives were ash basin water, cooling water, flue gas desulfurization (FGD) water, and produced water. The contaminants of concern identified in ash basin waters were arsenic, chromium, copper, mercury, selenium, and zinc. Contaminants of concern in cooling waters included free oxidants (chlorine, bromine, and peroxides), copper, lead, zinc, pH, and total dissolved solids. FGD waters contained contaminants of concern including arsenic, boron, chlorides, selenium, mercury, chemical oxygen demand (COD), and zinc. Similar to FGD waters, produced waters contained contaminants of concern that are predominantly inorganic (arsenic, cadmium, chlorides, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, sulfide, zinc, total dissolved solids), but also contained some organics (benzene, PAHs, toluene, total organic carbon, total suspended solids, and oil and grease). Constituents of concern that may cause chemical scaling, biofouling and corrosion, such as pH, hardness and ionic strength, and nutrients (P, K, and N) may also be found in all four non-traditional waters. NPDES permits were obtained for these non-traditional waters and these permit limits are summarized in tabular format within this report. These limits were used to establish treatment goals for this research along with toxicity values for Ceriodaphnia dubia, water quality criteria established by the US EPA, irrigation standards established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and reuse standards focused on minimization of damage to the power plant by treated waters. Constructed wetland treatment systems were designed for each non-traditional water source based on published literature reviews regarding remediation of the constituents of concern, biogeochemistry of the specific contaminants, and previous research. During this study, 4 non-traditional waters, which included ash basin water, cooling water, FGD water and produced water (PW) were obtained or simulated to measure constructed wetland treatment system performance. Based on data collected from FGD experiments, pilot-scale constructed wetland treatment systems can decrease aqueous concentrations of elements of concern (As, B, Hg, N, and Se). Percent removal was specific for each element, including ranges of 40.1% to 77.7% for As, 77.6% to 97.8% for Hg, 43.9% to 88.8% for N, and no measureable removal to 84.6% for Se. Other constituents of interest in final outflow samples should have aqueous characteristics sufficient for discharge, with the exception of chlorides (<2000 mg/L). Based on total dissolved solids, co-

John Rodgers; James Castle

2008-08-31

291

CEC-500-2010-FS-018 Automotive Thermoelectric  

E-print Network

CEC-500-2010-FS-018 Automotive Thermoelectric HVAC Development and Demonstration Project thermoelectric cooling would significantly reduce the demand for petroleum and provide a clean alternative will develop and demonstrate an operational and economically-viable thermoelectric Heating Ventilation and Air

292

Applied Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 4, 2010, no. 11, 505 -514 Efficiency of Inhomogeneous Thermoelectric  

E-print Network

Thermoelectric Generators Hong Zhou Department of Applied Mathematics Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA thermoelectric generators. The effects of different physical parameters on the efficiency of a generator of a thermoelectric generator is insensitive to both the electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity. However

Zhou, Hong

293

Fabrication of Multilayer-Type Mn-Si Thermoelectric Device  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This research aims to develop a direct-contact manganese silicon p/ n multilayer-type thermoelectric power generation block. p-type MnSi1.74 and n-type Mn0.7Fe0.3Si1.68 ball-milled powders with diameter of about 10 ?m or less were mixed with polyvinyl butyl alcohol diluted with methylbenzene at pigment volume concentration of approximately 70%. The doctor-blade method produced 45- ?m-thick p- and n-type pigment plates. The insulator, i.e., powdered glass, was mixed with cellulose to form insulator slurry. Lamination of manganese silicide pigment layers and screen-printed insulator layers was carried out to fabricate multilayer direct-contact thermoelectric devices. Hot pressing and spark plasma sintering were carried out at 450°C and 900°C, respectively. Four to 30 thermoelectric (TE) p/ n pairs were fabricated in a 10 mm × 10 mm × 10 mm sintered TE block. The maximum output was 11.7 mW/cm2 at a temperature difference between 20°C and 700°C, which was about 1/85 of the ideal power generation estimated from the thermoelectric data of the bulk MnSi1.74 and Mn0.7Fe0.3Si1.68 materials. A power generation test using an engine test bench was also carried out.

Kajitani, T.; Ueno, T.; Miyazaki, Y.; Hayashi, K.; Fujiwara, T.; Ihara, R.; Nakamura, T.; Takakura, M.

2014-06-01

294

Thermal Energy Harvesting with Thermoelectrics for Self-powered Sensors: With Applications to Implantable Medical Devices, Body Sensor Networks and Aging in Place.  

E-print Network

??This work examines the feasibility of applying thermoelectric generators as power sources for implantable applications. Thermoelectric design principles, manufacturing methods and novel materials are foundational… (more)

Chen, Alic

2011-01-01

295

New and old concepts in thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Herein we cover the key concepts in the field of thermoelectric materials research, present the current understanding, and show the latest developments. Current research is aimed at increasing the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) by maximizing the power factor and\\/or minimizing the thermal conductivity. Attempts at maximizing the power factor include the development of new materials, optimization of existing materials

2009-01-01

296

High temperature experimental characterization of microscale thermoelectric effects  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric devices have been employed for many years as a reliable energy conversion technology for applications ranging from the cooling of sensors or charge coupled devices to the direct conversion of heat into electricity for remote power generation. However, its relatively low conversion efficiency has limited the implementation of thermoelectric materials for large scale cooling and waste heat recovery applications. Recent advances in semiconductor growth technology have enabled the precise and selective engineering of material properties to improve the thermoelectric figure of merit and thus the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. Accurate characterization at the intended operational temperature of novel thermoelectric materials is a crucial component of the optimization process in order to fundamentally understand material behavior and evaluate performance. The objective of this work is to provide the tools necessary to characterize high efficiency bulk and thin-film materials for thermoelectric energy conversion. The techniques developed here are not bound to specific material or devices, but can be generalized to any material system. Thermoreflectance imaging microscopy has proven to be invaluable for device thermometry owing to its high spatial and temporal resolutions. It has been utilized in this work to create two-dimensional temperature profiles of thermoelectric devices during operation used for performance analysis of novel materials, identification of defects, and visualization of high speed transients in a high-temperature imaging thermostat. We report the development of a high temperature imaging thermostat capable of high speed transient thermoelectric characterization. In addition, we present a noninvasive method for thermoreflectance coefficient calibration ideally suited for vacuum and thus high temperature employment. This is the first analysis of the thermoreflectance coefficient of commonly used metals at high-temperatures. High temperature vacuum thermostats are designed and fabricated with optical imaging capability and interchangeable measurement stages for various electrical and thermoelectric characterizations. We demonstrate the simultaneous measurement of in-plane electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of thin-film or bulk thermoelectric materials. Furthermore, we utilize high-speed circuitry to implement the transient Harman technique and directly determine the cross-plane figure of merit of thin film thermoelectric materials at high temperatures. Transient measurements on thin film devices are subject to complications from the growth substrate, non-ideal contacts and other detrimental thermal and electrical effects. A strategy is presented for optimizing device geometry to mitigate the impact of these parasitics. This design enabled us to determine the cross-plane thermoelectric material properties in a single high temperature measurement of a 25mum InGaAs thin film with embedded ErAs (0.2%) nanoparticles using the bipolar transient Harman technique in conjunction with thermoreflectance thermal imaging. This approach eliminates discrepancies and potential device degradation from the multiple measurements necessary to obtain individual material parameters. Finite element method simulations are used to analyze non-uniform current and temperature distributions over the device area and determine the three dimensional current path for accurate extraction of material properties from the thermal images. Results match with independent measurements of thermoelectric material properties for the same material composition, validating this approach. We apply high magnification thermoreflectance imaging to create temperature maps of vanadium dioxide nanobeams and examine electro-thermal energy conversion along the nanobeam length. The metal to insulator transition of strongly correlated materials is subject to strong lattice coupling which brings about the unique one-dimensional alignment of metal-insulator domains along nanobeams. Many studies have investigated the effects of stress o

Favaloro, Tela

297

Transport Properties of Bulk Thermoelectrics An International Round-Robin Study, Part I: Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity  

SciTech Connect

Recent research and development of high temperature thermoelectric materials has demonstrated great potential of converting automobile exhaust heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectrics based on classic bismuth telluride have also started to impact the automotive industry by enhancing air conditioning efficiency and integrated cabin climate control. In addition to engineering challenges of making reliable and efficient devices to withstand thermal and mechanical cycling, the remaining issues in thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration are mostly materials related. The figure-of-merit, ZT, still needs to improve from the current value of 1.0 - 1.5 to above 2 to be competitive to other alternative technologies. In the meantime, the thermoelectric community could greatly benefit from the development of international test standards, improved test methods and better characterization tools. Internationally, thermoelectrics have been recognized by many countries as an important area for improving energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) group under the implementing agreement for Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) identified thermoelectric materials as an important area in 2009. This paper is Part I of the international round-robin testing of transport properties of bulk thermoelectrics. The main focuses in Part I are on two electronic transport properties: Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity.

Wang, Hsin [ORNL; Porter, Wallace D [ORNL; Bottner, Harold [Fraunhofer-Institute, Freiburg, Germany; Konig, Jan [Fraunhofer-Institute, Freiburg, Germany; Chen, Lidong [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Bai, Shengqiang [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Tritt, Terry M. [Clemson University; Mayolett, Alex [Corning, Inc; Senawiratne, Jayantha [Corning, Inc; Smith, Charlene [Corning, Inc; Harris, Fred [ZT-Plus; Gilbert, Partricia [Marlow Industries, Inc; Sharp, Jeff [Marlow Industries, Inc; Lo, Jason [CANMET - Materials Technology Laboratory, Natural Resources of Canada; Keinke, Holger [University of Waterloo, Canada; Kiss, Laszlo I. [University of Quebec at Chicoutimi

2013-01-01

298

Transport Properties of Bulk Thermoelectrics—An International Round-Robin Study, Part I: Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent research and development of high-temperature thermoelectric materials has demonstrated great potential for converting automobile exhaust heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectrics based on classic bismuth telluride have also started to impact the automotive industry by enhancing air-conditioning efficiency and integrated cabin climate control. In addition to engineering challenges of making reliable and efficient devices to withstand thermal and mechanical cycling, the remaining issues in thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration are mostly materials related. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, still needs to be improved from the current value of 1.0 to 1.5 to above 2.0 to be competitive with other alternative technologies. In the meantime, the thermoelectric community could greatly benefit from the development of international test standards, improved test methods, and better characterization tools. Internationally, thermoelectrics have been recognized by many countries as a key component for improving energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) group under the Implementing Agreement for Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) identified thermoelectric materials as an important area in 2009. This paper is part I of the international round-robin testing of transport properties of bulk thermoelectrics. The main foci in part I are the measurement of two electronic transport properties: Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity.

Wang, Hsin; Porter, Wallace D.; Böttner, Harald; König, Jan; Chen, Lidong; Bai, Shengqiang; Tritt, Terry M.; Mayolet, Alex; Senawiratne, Jayantha; Smith, Charlene; Harris, Fred; Gilbert, Patricia; Sharp, Jeff W.; Lo, Jason; Kleinke, Holger; Kiss, Laszlo

2013-04-01

299

Update to the safety program for the general-purpose heat source radioisotope thermoelectric generators for the Galileo and Ulysses missions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With the rescheduling of the Galileo and Ulysses launches and the use of new upper stages following the Challenger accident, the aerospace nuclear safety program for the general-purpose heat source radioisotope thermoelectric generators (GPHS-RTGs) was extended to accommodate the new mission scenarios. As in the original safety program, the objectives were to determine the response of the GPHS-RTG to the various postulated accident environments and to determine the risk (if any) associated with these postulated accidents. The extended GPHS-RTG safety program was successfully completed in sufficient time to prepare an updated Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) with revisions for the October 1989 launch of the Galileo spacecraft.

Bennett, Gary L.; Bradshaw, C. T.; Englehart, Richard W.; Bartram, Bart W.; Cull, Theresa A.; Zocher, Roy W.; Eck, Marshall B.; Mukunda, Meera; Brenza, Peter T.; Chan, Chris C.

300

Update to the safety program for the general-purpose heat source radioisotope thermoelectric generators for the Galileo and Ulysses missions  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

With the rescheduling of the Galileo and Ulysses launches and the use of new upper stages following the Challenger accident, the aerospace nuclear safety program for the general-purpose heat source radioisotope thermoelectric generators (GPHS-RTGs) was extended to accommodate the new mission scenarios. As in the original safety program, the objectives were to determine the response of the GPHS-RTG to the various postulated accident environments and to determine the risk (if any) associated with these postulated accidents. The extended GPHS-RTG safety program was successfully completed in sufficient time to prepare an updated Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) with revisions for the October 1989 launch of the Galileo spacecraft.

Bennett, Gary L.; Bradshaw, C. T.; Englehart, Richard W.; Bartram, Bart W.; Cull, Theresa A.; Zocher, Roy W.; Eck, Marshall B.; Mukunda, Meera; Brenza, Peter T.; Chan, Chris C.

1992-01-01

301

Convergence of electronic bands for high performance bulk thermoelectrics.  

PubMed

Thermoelectric generators, which directly convert heat into electricity, have long been relegated to use in space-based or other niche applications, but are now being actively considered for a variety of practical waste heat recovery systems-such as the conversion of car exhaust heat into electricity. Although these devices can be very reliable and compact, the thermoelectric materials themselves are relatively inefficient: to facilitate widespread application, it will be desirable to identify or develop materials that have an intensive thermoelectric materials figure of merit, zT, above 1.5 (ref. 1). Many different concepts have been used in the search for new materials with high thermoelectric efficiency, such as the use of nanostructuring to reduce phonon thermal conductivity, which has led to the investigation of a variety of complex material systems. In this vein, it is well known that a high valley degeneracy (typically ?6 for known thermoelectrics) in the electronic bands is conducive to high zT, and this in turn has stimulated attempts to engineer such degeneracy by adopting low-dimensional nanostructures. Here we demonstrate that it is possible to direct the convergence of many valleys in a bulk material by tuning the doping and composition. By this route, we achieve a convergence of at least 12 valleys in doped PbTe(1-x)Se(x) alloys, leading to an extraordinary zT value of 1.8 at about 850 kelvin. Band engineering to converge the valence (or conduction) bands to achieve high valley degeneracy should be a general strategy in the search for and improvement of bulk thermoelectric materials, because it simultaneously leads to a high Seebeck coefficient and high electrical conductivity. PMID:21544143

Pei, Yanzhong; Shi, Xiaoya; LaLonde, Aaron; Wang, Heng; Chen, Lidong; Snyder, G Jeffrey

2011-05-01

302

34th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference p. 2567 (1999) A New High Efficiency Segmented Thermoelectric  

E-print Network

the thermoelectric performance of the materials used to build the devices. However, no single thermoelectric material of integrating new thermoelectric materials developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory into a segmented of state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials and novel p-type Zn4Sb3, p-type CeFe4Sb12-based alloys and n

303

Theory of the Thermoelectric Power of Semiconductors  

Microsoft Academic Search

The usual theory of thermoelectric power fails to account for the marked rise in this quantity which has been found recently for some semiconductors as the temperature is lowered below room temperature. This paper develops the recently suggested explanation that the thermoelectric power Q is the sum of the usual electronic term Qe, resulting from the spontaneous tendency of the

Conyers Herring

1954-01-01

304

A design method of thermoelectric cooler  

Microsoft Academic Search

A system design method of thermoelectric cooler is developed in the present study. The design calculation utilizes the performance curve of the thermoelectric module that is determined experimentally. An automatic test apparatus was designed and built to illustrate the testing. The performance test results of the module are used to determine the physical properties and derive an empirical relation for

B. J Huang; C. J Chin; C. L Duang

2000-01-01

305

"Developing next generation cancer diagnostics and therapeutics."  

E-print Network

"Developing next generation cancer diagnostics and therapeutics." Kimberly Kelly Associate a multidisciplinary approach consisting of chemical biology, screening technologies, proteomics, cell biology agent · Developed functional proteomics methods to identify lead target molecules for imaging and drug

Acton, Scott

306

Scanning thermoelectric microscopy of local thermoelectric behaviors in (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper we develop scanning thermoelectric microscopy (STeM) on the basis of commercial atomic force microscope. The nanoscale thermoelectric behaviors of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 (BST) thin films were studied. 3?-technique was used for thermal conductivity imaging and quantitative thermal characterization. By acquiring the unique Seebeck information from 2? frequency component, nanoscale thermoelectric images were firstly obtained, exhibiting remarkably inhomogeneous distribution of local Seebeck coefficient in the thin films. Positive thermoelectric response is revealed by the modulation of temperature difference between thermal tip and sample, corresponding to p-type conduction within BST sample.

Zhao, Kunyu; Zeng, Huarong; Xu, Kunqi; Yu, Huizhu; Li, Guorong; Song, Junqiang; Shi, Xun; Chen, Lidong

2015-01-01

307

Silicon-Based Thermoelectrics: Harvesting Low Quality Heat Using Economically Printed Flexible Nanostructured Stacked Thermoelectric Junctions  

SciTech Connect

Broad Funding Opportunity Announcement Project: UIUC is experimenting with silicon-based materials to develop flexible thermoelectric devices—which convert heat into energy—that can be mass-produced at low cost. A thermoelectric device, which resembles a computer chip, creates electricity when a different temperature is applied to each of its sides. Existing commercial thermoelectric devices contain the element tellurium, which limits production levels because tellurium has become increasingly rare. UIUC is replacing this material with microscopic silicon wires that are considerably cheaper and could be equally effective. Improvements in thermoelectric device production could return enough wasted heat to add up to 23% to our current annual electricity production.

None

2010-03-01

308

Energy-Harvesting Thermoelectric Sensing for Unobtrusive Water and Appliance Metering  

E-print Network

Energy-Harvesting Thermoelectric Sensing for Unobtrusive Water and Appliance Metering Bradford that meters using the same thermoelectric generator with which it powers itself. In short, the rate at which be harvested with a thermoelectric generator (TEG) to power a sensor node. TEGs utilize the Seebeck effect

Dutta, Prabal

309

semiconducting nanostructures: morphology and thermoelectric properties  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Semiconducting metallic oxides, especially perosvkite materials, are great candidates for thermoelectric applications due to several advantages over traditionally metallic alloys such as low production costs and high chemical stability at high temperatures. Nanostructuration can be the key to develop highly efficient thermoelectric materials. In this work, La 1- x Ca x MnO 3 perosvkite nanostructures with Ca as a dopant have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method to be used in thermoelectric applications at room temperature. Several heat treatments have been made in all samples, leading to a change in their morphology and thermoelectric properties. The best thermoelectric efficiency has been obtained for a Ca content of x=0.5. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient are strongly related to the calcium content.

Culebras, Mario; Torán, Raquel; Gómez, Clara M.; Cantarero, Andrés

2014-08-01

310

Simulation Research on the Application of Thermoelectric Waste Heat Recovery of Internal Combustion Engine  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper, the development of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) simulation model and its implementation into an internal combustion engine (ICE) system model are demonstrated. The TEG model is calibrated with respect to an experimental basis presented in a previously published paper. A TEG parameter study, an analysis of the overall system and the interaction between the TEG and the

Maohai Wang; Thomas Josef Daun; Yangjun Zhang; Weilin Zhuge

2010-01-01

311

Analysis of thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency with linear and nonlinear temperature dependence in material properties  

Microsoft Academic Search

A novel approach to estimate energy conversion efficiency for a power-generating thermoelectric element, whose material properties possess both linear (first order) and nonlinear (second order) dependence on temperature, is developed by solving the differential equation governing its temperature distribution, which includes both the Joule heat and the Thomson effect. In order to obtain analytic expressions for power output and energy

Daehyun Wee

2011-01-01

312

An introduction to the DARPA program in advanced thermoelectric materials and devices  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiated its program in advanced thermoelectric materials and devices in 1995 in response to a belief that these materials could play a significant role in the development of new and enhanced military capabilities. The current and future use of these all-solid-state devices for both cooling and power generation is driven by their inherent

L. H. Dubois

1999-01-01

313

Bulk dimensional nanocomposites for thermoelectric applications  

DOEpatents

Thermoelectric elements may be used for heat sensors, heat pumps, and thermoelectric generators. A quantum-dot or nano-scale grain size polycrystalline material the effects of size-quantization are present inside the nanocrystals. A thermoelectric element composed of densified Groups IV-VI material, such as calcogenide-based materials are doped with metal or chalcogenide to form interference barriers form along grains. The dopant used is either silver or sodium. These chalcogenide materials form nanoparticles of highly crystal grains, and may specifically be between 1- and 100 nm. The compound is densified by spark plasma sintering.

Nolas, George S

2014-06-24

314

A thermoelectric converter for energy supply  

Microsoft Academic Search

A thermoelectric power generator in silicon technology is used for the energy supply of low power systems. An application is described generating an electrical power of 1.5 ?W with a temperature difference of 10°C. With the generated electrical power it is possible to operate a small preamplifier and a sensor control system. For complexer applications a generator with a power

H Glosch; M Ashauer; U Pfeiffer; W Lang

1999-01-01

315

Developments of terahertz wave generation technologies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent developments of terahertz wave generation devices utilizing lattice and molecular vibration are introduced. They are semiconductor Raman laser and amplifier, parametric generation of terahertz wave using phonon-polaritons in semiconductors and dielectrics, together with electronic devices: TUNNETT diode and ISIT. Future important applications will be in the field of medicine, biology, and pharmacy.

Suto, Ken; Nishizawa, Jun-Ichi

2004-05-01

316

Experimental Study and Optimization of Thermoelectricity-Driven Autonomous Sensors for the Chimney of a Biomass Power Plant  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the work discussed in this paper a thermoelectric generator was developed to harness waste heat from the exhaust gas of a boiler in a biomass power plant and thus generate electric power to operate a flowmeter installed in the chimney, to make it autonomous. The main objective was to conduct an experimental study to optimize a previous design obtained after computational work based on a simulation model for thermoelectric generators. First, several places inside and outside the chimney were considered as sites for the thermoelectricity-driven autonomous sensor. Second, the thermoelectric generator was built and tested to assess the effect of the cold-side heat exchanger on the electric power, power consumption by the flowmeter, and transmission frequency. These tests provided the best configuration for the heat exchanger, which met the transmission requirements for different working conditions. The final design is able to transmit every second and requires neither batteries nor electric wires. It is a promising application in the field of thermoelectric generation.

Rodríguez, A.; Astrain, D.; Martínez, A.; Aranguren, P.

2014-06-01

317

Computerized data acquisition and analysis for measuring thermal diffusivity. [in thermoelectric space applications materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

JPL has been leading a concentrated effort to develop improved thermoelectric materials for space applications. Thermoelectric generators are an attractive source of electrical energy for space power because of lack of moving parts and slow degradation of performance. Thermoelectric material is characterized by: Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity. To measure the high temperature thermal conductivity is experimentally very difficult. However, it can be calculated from the specific heat and thermal diffusivity which are easier to measure at high temperatures, especially using the flash method. Data acquisition and analysis for this experiment were automated at JPL using inexpensive microcomputer equipment. This approach is superior to tedious and less accurate manual analysis of data. It is also preferred to previously developed systems utilizing expensive minicomputers or mainframes.

Chmielewski, A.; Wood, C.; Vandersande, J.

1985-01-01

318

Enhanced thermoelectric performance of rough silicon nanowires  

Microsoft Academic Search

Approximately 90 per cent of the world's power is generated by heat engines that use fossil fuel combustion as a heat source and typically operate at 30-40 per cent efficiency, such that roughly 15terawatts of heat is lost to the environment. Thermoelectric modules could potentially convert part of this low-grade waste heat to electricity. Their efficiency depends on the thermoelectric

Allon I. Hochbaum; Raul Diaz Delgado; Wenjie Liang; Erik C. Garnett; Mark Najarian; Arun Majumdar; Peidong Yang

2008-01-01

319

Thermoelectric Powered Wireless Sensors for Dry-Cask Storage  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study focuses on the development of self-powered wireless sensors. These sensors can be used to measure key parameters in extreme environments; e.g., temperature monitoring for spent nuclear fuel during dry-cask storage. This study has developed a design methodology for these self-powered monitoring systems. The main elements that constitute this work consist of selecting and testing a power source for the wireless sensor, determination of the attenuation of the wireless signal, and testing the wireless sensor circuitry in an extreme environment. OrigenArp determined the decay heat and gamma/neutron source strength of the spent fuel throughout the service life of the dry-cask. A first principles analysis modeled the temperatures inside the dry-cask. A finite-element heat transfer code calculated the temperature distribution of the thermoelectric and heat sink. The temperature distributions determine the power produced by the thermoelectric. It was experimentally verified that a thermoelectric generator (HZ-14) with a DC/DC converter (Linear Technology LTC3108EDE) can power a transceiver (EmbedRF) at condition which represent prototypical conditions throughout and beyond the service life of the dry-cask. The wireless sensor is required to broadcast with enough power to overcome the attenuation from the dry-cask. It will be important to minimize the attenuation of the signal in order to broadcast with a small transmission power. To investigate the signal transmission through the dry-cask, CST Microwave Studio was used to determine the scattering parameter S2,1 for a horizontal dry-cask. Important parameters that can influence the transmission of the signal are antenna orientation, antenna placement, and transmission frequency. The thermoelectric generator, DC/DC converter, and transceiver were exposed to 60Co gamma radiation (exposure rate170.3 Rad/min) at the University of Wisconsin Medical Radiation Research Center. The effects of gamma radiation on the thermoelectric voltage, DC/DC converter voltage, relative signal strength indicator, and counter number were measured and compared. The analysis estimates that a thermoelectric generator can produce enough power for a wireless sensor to function and transmit data from inside the dry-cask throughout its service life and beyond. Some of the electronics for the wireless sensor need to be properly protected to ensure it will function in an extreme environment.

Carstens, Thomas Alan

320

Device testing and characterization of thermoelectric nanocomposites  

E-print Network

It has become evident in recent years that developing clean, sustainable energy technologies will be one of the world's greatest challenges in the 21st century. Thermoelectric materials can potentially make a contribution ...

Muto, Andrew (Andrew Jerome)

2008-01-01

321

Radioisotope Power System Delivery, Ground Support and Nuclear Safety Implementation: Use of the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator for the NASA's Mars Science Laboratory  

SciTech Connect

Radioisotope power systems have been used for over 50 years to enable missions in remote or hostile environments. They are a convenient means of supplying a few milliwatts up to a few hundred watts of useable, long-term electrical power. With regard to use of a radioisotope power system, the transportation, ground support and implementation of nuclear safety protocols in the field is a complex process that requires clear identification of needed technical and regulatory requirements. The appropriate care must be taken to provide high quality treatment of the item to be moved so it arrives in a condition to fulfill its missions in space. Similarly it must be transported and managed in a manner compliant with requirements for shipment and handling of special nuclear material. This presentation describes transportation, ground support operations and implementation of nuclear safety and security protocols for a radioisotope power system using recent experience involving the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator for National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mars Science Laboratory, which launched in November of 2011.

S.G. Johnson; K.L. Lively; C.C. Dwight

2014-07-01

322

Use of Historical Personnel Exposure in Facility Safety Analyses, Program Planning, and Minimizing of Personnel Exposure in Assembly and Testing of Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The minimization of personnel exposure when assembling plutonium-238-fueled heat sources/radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) is a Department of Energy (DOE) requirement per DOE Order 5480.11. In addition, DOE Orders 5480.23 and 5481.1B regarding facility safety requisites define that radiological effects on operating staff be quantitatively identified from a probabilistic standpoint. In the assembly of General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) RTGs at the Mound Facility to support the Galileo and Ulysses Missions, personnel radiation exposure data were used to support the Building 50 Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) and identified facility and procedural modifications for the future Cassini Mission GPHS RTG manufacture to reduce this exposure. Similar studies were made on personnel radiological exposure data in the heat source assembly and terrestrial RTG assembly facilities in Building 38. No major procedure and facility modifications were suggested. The Building 38 FSAR was enhanced as to exposure exceedance probabilities; these were in the 10-6 per year operating person regime.

Johnson, Ernest W.

1994-07-01

323

Development of steam generator vessel database  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this project was to collect publicly-available information on Steam Generator (SG) vessel integrity, abstract and summarize the information, and develop a database that could be used for identification of trends. The database developed includes information on 256 SGs (27 of them replacements for originally-installed SGs) in 75 operating Pressurized Water Reactor plants in the United States. The

R. K. Mattu; J. Lauderdale

1992-01-01

324

Physical, Mechanical, and Structural Properties of Highly Efficient Nanostructured n- and p-Silicides for Practical Thermoelectric Applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cost-effective highly efficient nanostructured n-type Mg2Si1- x Sn x and p-type higher manganese silicide (HMS) compositions were prepared for the development of practical waste heat generators for automotive and marine thermoelectric applications, in the frame of the European Commission (EC)-funded PowerDriver project. The physical, mechanical, and structural properties were fully characterized as part of a database-generation exercise required for the thermoelectric converter design. A combination of high maximal ZT values of ˜0.6 and ˜1.1 for the HMS and Mg2Si1- x Sn x compositions, respectively, and adequate mechanical properties was obtained.

Gelbstein, Yaniv; Tunbridge, Jonathan; Dixon, Richard; Reece, Mike J.; Ning, Huanpo; Gilchrist, Robert; Summers, Richard; Agote, Iñigo; Lagos, Miguel A.; Simpson, Kevin; Rouaud, Cedric; Feulner, Peter; Rivera, Sergio; Torrecillas, Ramon; Husband, Mark; Crossley, Julian; Robinson, Ivan

2014-06-01

325

Development of improved thermoelectric materials for space nuclear power systems. Sixth technical progress report, March 1985  

SciTech Connect

The program consists of two main tasks encompassing (1) the development of an improved SiGe alloy and (2) the development of an as yet unspecified advanced material intended to have superior performance characteristics when compared to SiGe alloys. Significant progress was made toward the goal of producing a SiGe based material with an improved figure-of-merit during this reporting period. In these studies, a quantitative evaluation of the characteristics which produce the low thermal conductivities observed in SiGe alloys is being developed. Specific areas of emphasis include the effects of grain size, charge carrier and GaP concentrations. An alternate method for alloying with GaP was evaluated in which the GaP was added to SiGe during the melting operation.

Not Available

1985-01-01

326

Studying Thermoelectric Oxides using High-Resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Figure 4: a) Atomic resolution Z-  

E-print Network

Studying Thermoelectric Oxides using High-Resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy 0 the environmental impact, and deliver energy continuously, such as thermo-electric power generation, have often been overlooked. Thermo-electric (TE) power applications offer a potentially cheap, pollution- and maintenance

Ben-Arie, Jezekiel

327

Thin-film thermoelectric devices with high room-temperature figures of merit  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermoelectric materials are of interest for applications as heat pumps and power generators. The performance of thermoelectric devices is quantified by a figure of merit, ZT, where Z is a measure of a material's thermoelectric properties and T is the absolute temperature. A material with a figure of merit of around unity was first reported over four decades ago, but

Rama Venkatasubramanian; Edward Siivola; Thomas Colpitts; Brooks O'Quinn

2001-01-01

328

High-Temperature Thermoelectric Characterization of IIIV Semiconductor Thin Films by Oxide Bonding  

E-print Network

-temperature thermoelectric charac- terization of thin-film III­V semiconductor materials that suffer from the side- effect-temperature surface passivation, and metallization with a Ti-W-N diffusion barrier. A thermoelectric material, thin-temperature material characterization of semiconductor thin films for thermoelectric power generation, photovoltaic

329

Thermoelectric detection of spherical tin inclusions in copper by magnetic sensing  

E-print Network

, respectively. Any variation in material properties can affect the measured thermoelectric voltage via SSR SS SR of different materials, or more precisely, materials of different thermoelectric power, will generate sensitive material discriminators used in nondestructive inspection. The thermoelectric power of metals

Nagy, Peter B.

330

Thermoelectric microdevice fabricated by a MEMS-like electrochemical process  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are the basis of many rapidly growing technologies, because they combine miniature sensors and actuators with communications and electronics at low cost. Commercial MEMS fabrication processes are limited to silicon-based materials or two-dimensional structures. Here we show an inexpensive, electrochemical technique to build MEMS-like structures that contain several different metals and semiconductors with three-dimensional bridging structures. We demonstrate this technique by building a working microthermoelectric device. Using repeated exposure and development of multiple photoresist layers, several different metals and thermoelectric materials are fabricated in a three-dimensional structure. A device containing 126 n-type and p-type (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thermoelectric elements, 20 microm tall and 60 microm in diameter with bridging metal interconnects, was fabricated and cooling demonstrated. Such a device should be of technological importance for precise thermal control when operating as a cooler, and for portable power when operating as a micro power generator.

Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Lim, James R.; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

2003-01-01

331

Estimating Thermoelectric Water Use  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In 2009, the Government Accountability Office recommended that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Department of Energy-Energy Information Administration, (DOE-EIA) jointly improve their thermoelectric water-use estimates. Since then, the annual mandatory reporting forms returned by powerplant operators to DOE-EIA have been revised twice to improve the water data. At the same time, the USGS began improving estimation of withdrawal and consumption. Because of the variation in amount and quality of water-use data across powerplants, the USGS adopted a hierarchy of methods for estimating water withdrawal and consumptive use for the approximately 1,300 water-using powerplants in the thermoelectric sector. About 800 of these powerplants have generation and cooling data, and the remaining 500 have generation data only, or sparse data. The preferred method is to accept DOE-EIA data following validation. This is the traditional USGS method and the best method if all operators follow best practices for measurement and reporting. However, in 2010, fewer than 200 powerplants reported thermodynamically realistic values of both withdrawal and consumption. Secondly, water use was estimated using linked heat and water budgets for the first group of 800 plants, and for some of the other 500 powerplants where data were sufficient for at least partial modeling using plant characteristics, electric generation, and fuel use. Thermodynamics, environmental conditions, and characteristics of the plant and cooling system constrain both the amount of heat discharged to the environment and the share of this heat that drives evaporation. Heat and water budgets were used to define reasonable estimates of withdrawal and consumption, including likely upper and lower thermodynamic limits. These results were used to validate the reported values at the 800 plants with water-use data, and reported values were replaced by budget estimates at most of these plants. Thirdly, at plants without valid reported water use or sufficient information to construct linked heat and water budgets, water use was estimated from net generation using average values of withdrawal and consumption per megawatt-hour (MWh). Plants with valid reported data or complete budgets were grouped by their mix of generation types and cooling types. Generation-weighted averages were calculated for each group. Because of the large variation in cooling systems, these coefficient-based estimates are imprecise at individual plants. Other investigators have derived very different coefficients for these groups, probably because they censored the data differently. Variable powerplant characteristics create a wide range in both withdrawal and consumption, even at superficially similar plants. Neither statistical estimates nor budget estimates provide precise values of water use at individual plants. Most thermoelectric water use is withdrawal for once-through cooling, and withdrawal per MWh is determined by a balance between economic and environmental concerns, constrained within very broad limits by thermodynamics. Therefore, only accurate measurement and reporting of water use has the potential to determine thermoelectric water use at watershed and local scales.

Hutson, S. S.

2012-12-01

332

Compact neutron generator developement and applications  

SciTech Connect

The Plasma and Ion Source Technology Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been engaging in the development of high yield compact neutron generators for the last ten years. Because neutrons in these generators are formed by using either D-D, T-T or D-T fusion reaction, one can produce either mono-energetic (2.4 MeV or 14 MeV) or white neutrons. All the neutron generators being developed by our group utilize 13.5 MHz RF induction discharge to produce a pure deuterium or a mixture of deuterium-tritium plasma. As a result, ion beams with high current density and almost pure atomic ions can be extracted from the plasma source. The ion beams are accelerated to {approx}100 keV and neutrons are produced when the beams impinge on a titanium target. Neutron generators with different configurations and sizes have been designed and tested at LBNL. Their applications include neutron activation analysis, oil-well logging, boron neutron capture therapy, brachytherapy, cargo and luggage screening. A novel small point neutron source has recently been developed for radiography application. The source size can be 2 mm or less, making it possible to examine objects with sharper images. The performance of these neutron generators will be described in this paper.

Leung, Ka-Ngo; Reijonen, Jani; Gicquel, Frederic; Hahto, Sami; Lou, Tak-Pui

2004-01-18

333

Thermoelectric materials having porosity  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric material and a method of making a thermoelectric material are provided. In certain embodiments, the thermoelectric material comprises at least 10 volume percent porosity. In some embodiments, the thermoelectric material has a zT greater than about 1.2 at a temperature of about 375 K. In some embodiments, the thermoelectric material comprises a topological thermoelectric material. In some embodiments, the thermoelectric material comprises a general composition of (Bi.sub.1-xSb.sub.x).sub.u(Te.sub.1-ySe.sub.y).sub.w, wherein 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.1, 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, 1.8.ltoreq.u.ltoreq.2.2, 2.8.ltoreq.w.ltoreq.3.2. In further embodiments, the thermoelectric material includes a compound having at least one group IV element and at least one group VI element. In certain embodiments, the method includes providing a powder comprising a thermoelectric composition, pressing the powder, and sintering the powder to form the thermoelectric material.

Heremans, Joseph P.; Jaworski, Christopher M.; Jovovic, Vladimir; Harris, Fred

2014-08-05

334

Endoderm Generates Endothelial Cells during Liver Development  

PubMed Central

Summary Organogenesis requires expansion of the embryonic vascular plexus that migrates into developing organs through a process called angiogenesis. Mesodermal progenitors are thought to derive endothelial cells (ECs) that contribute to both embryonic vasculogenesis and the subsequent organ angiogenesis. Here, we demonstrate that during development of the liver, which is an endoderm derivative, a subset of ECs is generated from FOXA2+ endoderm-derived fetal hepatoblast progenitor cells expressing KDR (VEGFR2/FLK-1). Using human and mouse embryonic stem cell models, we demonstrate that KDR+FOXA2+ endoderm cells developing in hepatic differentiation cultures generate functional ECs. This introduces the concept that ECs originate not exclusively from mesoderm but also from endoderm, supported in Foxa2 lineage-tracing mouse embryos by the identification of FOXA2+ cell-derived CD31+ ECs that integrate the vascular network of developing fetal livers. PMID:25358784

Goldman, Orit; Han, Songyan; Hamou, Wissam; Jodon de Villeroche, Vanina; Uzan, Georges; Lickert, Heiko; Gouon-Evans, Valerie

2014-01-01

335

Natural mineral tetrahedrite as a direct source of thermoelectric materials.  

PubMed

We show that a simple powder processing procedure using natural mineral tetrahedrite, the most widespread sulfosalt on earth, provides a low cost, high throughput means of producing thermoelectric materials with high conversion efficiency. These earth-abundant thermoelectrics can open the door to many new and inexpensive power generation opportunities. PMID:23503421

Lu, Xu; Morelli, Donald T

2013-04-28

336

Distributed energy generation and sustainable development  

Microsoft Academic Search

Conventionally, power plants have been large, centralized units. A new trend is developing toward distributed energy generation, which means that energy conversion units are situated close to energy consumers, and large units are substituted by smaller ones. A distributed energy system is an efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional energy system. In this article, we will first

Kari Alanne; Arto Saari

2006-01-01

337

High Performance Oxides-Based Thermoelectric Materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric materials have attracted much attention due to their applications in waste-heat recovery, power generation, and solid state cooling. In comparison with thermoelectric alloys, oxide semiconductors, which are thermally and chemically stable in air at high temperature, are regarded as the candidates for high-temperature thermoelectric applications. However, their figure-of-merit ZT value has remained low, around 0.1-0.4 for more than 20 years. The poor performance in oxides is ascribed to the low electrical conductivity and high thermal conductivity. Since the electrical transport properties in these thermoelectric oxides are strongly correlated, it is difficult to improve both the thermoelectric power and electrical conductivity simultaneously by conventional methods. This review summarizes recent progresses on high-performance oxide-based thermoelectric bulk-materials including n-type ZnO, SrTiO3, and In2O3, and p-type Ca3Co4O9, BiCuSeO, and NiO, enhanced by heavy-element doping, band engineering and nanostructuring.

Ren, Guangkun; Lan, Jinle; Zeng, Chengcheng; Liu, Yaochun; Zhan, Bin; Butt, Sajid; Lin, Yuan-Hua; Nan, Ce-Wen

2015-01-01

338

High Performance Oxides-Based Thermoelectric Materials  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric materials have attracted much attention due to their applications in waste-heat recovery, power generation, and solid state cooling. In comparison with thermoelectric alloys, oxide semiconductors, which are thermally and chemically stable in air at high temperature, are regarded as the candidates for high-temperature thermoelectric applications. However, their figure-of-merit ZT value has remained low, around 0.1-0.4 for more than 20 years. The poor performance in oxides is ascribed to the low electrical conductivity and high thermal conductivity. Since the electrical transport properties in these thermoelectric oxides are strongly correlated, it is difficult to improve both the thermoelectric power and electrical conductivity simultaneously by conventional methods. This review summarizes recent progresses on high-performance oxide-based thermoelectric bulk-materials including n-type ZnO, SrTiO3, and In2O3, and p-type Ca3Co4O9, BiCuSeO, and NiO, enhanced by heavy-element doping, band engineering and nanostructuring.

Ren, Guangkun; Lan, Jinle; Zeng, Chengcheng; Liu, Yaochun; Zhan, Bin; Butt, Sajid; Lin, Yuan-Hua; Nan, Ce-Wen

2014-11-01

339

Review of solar thermoelectric energy conversion and analysis of a two cover flat-plate solar collector  

E-print Network

The process of solar thermoelectric energy conversion was explored through a review of thermoelectric energy generation and solar collectors. Existing forms of flat plate collectors and solar concentrators were surveyed. ...

Hasan, Atiya

2007-01-01

340

Development of a nitrogen generation system  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An eight-stage nitrogen generation module was developed. The design integrated a hydrazine catalytic dissociator, three ammonia dissociation stages and four palladium/silver hydrogen separator stages. Alternating ammonia dissociation and hydrogen separation stages are used to remove hydrogen and ammonia formed in the dissociation of hydrazine which results in negligible ammonia and hydrogen concentrations in the product nitrogen stream. An engineering breadboard nitrogen supply subsystem was also developed. It was developed as an integratable subsystem for a central spacecraft air revitalization system. The subsystem consists of the hydrazine storage and feed mechanism, the nitrogen generation module, the peripheral mechanical and electrical components required to control and monitor subsystem performance, and the instrumentation required to interface with other subsystems of an air revitalization system. The breadboard nitrogen supply subsystem was integrated and tested with a one-person capacity experimental air revitalization system. The integration, checkout and testing was successfully accomplished.

Heppner, D. B.; Marshall, R. D.; Powell, J. D., III; Schubert, F. H.

1980-01-01

341

Development of W-Ta generator  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This research program was used to further develop the existing W-Ta generator and to evaluate alternative adsorbents, preferably inorganic materials, as supports for the generator. During the first half year, combinations of non-complexing eluents and a variety of adsorbents, both inorganic and organic, were evaluated. Some of these adsorbents were synthetic, such as chelate resins that could be specific for tungsten. In the second half of the year, the stress was mainly on the use of complexing eluents because of the high affinity of hydrous oxides for tantalum, on the synthesis of chelate resins and on the use novel techniques (electrolytic) to solve the tantalum-adsorption problem.

1981-01-01

342

A Thermoelectric Waste-Heat-Recovery System for Portland Cement Rotary Kilns  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Portland cement is produced by one of the most energy-intensive industrial processes. Energy consumption in the manufacture of Portland cement is approximately 110-120 kWh ton-1. The cement rotary kiln is the crucial equipment used for cement production. Approximately 10-15% of the energy consumed in production of the cement clinker is directly dissipated into the atmosphere through the external surface of the rotary kiln. Innovative technology for energy conservation is urgently needed by the cement industry. In this paper we propose a novel thermoelectric waste-heat-recovery system to reduce heat losses from cement rotary kilns. This system is configured as an array of thermoelectric generation units arranged longitudinally on a secondary shell coaxial with the rotary kiln. A mathematical model was developed for estimation of the performance of waste heat recovery. Discussions mainly focus on electricity generation and energy saving, taking a ?4.8 × 72 m cement rotary kiln as an example. Results show that the Bi2Te3-PbTe hybrid thermoelectric waste-heat-recovery system can generate approximately 211 kW electrical power while saving 3283 kW energy. Compared with the kiln without the thermoelectric recovery system, the kiln with the system can recover more than 32.85% of the energy that used to be lost as waste heat through the kiln surface.

Luo, Qi; Li, Peng; Cai, Lanlan; Zhou, Pingwang; Tang, Di; Zhai, Pengcheng; Zhang, Qingjie

2014-12-01

343

Performance of Novel Thermoelectric Cooling Module Depending on Geometrical Factors  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A geometrical shape factor was investigated for optimum thermoelectric performance of a thermoelectric module using finite element analysis. The cooling power, electrical energy consumption, and coefficient of performance were analyzed using simulation with different current values passing through the thermoelectric elements for varying temperature differences between the two sides. A dramatic increase in cooling power density was obtained, since it was inversely proportional to the length of the thermoelectric legs. An artificial neural network model for each thermoelectric property was also developed using input-output relations. The models including the shape factor showed good predictive capability and agreement with simulation results. The correlation of the models was found to be 99%, and the overall prediction error was in the range of 1.5% and 1.0%, which is within acceptable limits. A thermoelectric module was produced based on the numerical results and was shown to be a promising device for use in cooling systems.

Derebasi, Naim; Eltez, Muhammed; Guldiken, Fikret; Sever, Aziz; Kallis, Klaus; Kilic, Halil; Ozmutlu, Emin N.

2014-11-01

344

Development of a hyperspectral scene generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Hyperspectral systems are increasingly being mated with on-board target detection algorithms. However the only way to test these algorithms is with field testing which are expensive and inherently unrepeatable. This paper will describe a Hyperspectral Scene Generator that can display hundreds of programmable high resolution spectra simultaneously. This allows a target to be inserted into a previously measured field for testing of a hyperspectral sensor and target detection algorithms in the lab. The design of the Hyperspectral Scene Generator is presently applied to the Visible and Near InfraRed (VNIR) and Short Wave InfraRed (SWIR) but may also be applied to the MidWave InfraRed (MWIR) and Long Wave InfraRed (LWIR) spectral region. Funding for this study is provided from Office of the Secretary of Defense and Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) to investigate the development of a hyperspectral scene generator that will have broad application to many hyperspectral systems.

Nelson, Neil R.; Bryant, Paul T.; Sundberg, Robert L.

2003-11-01

345

Crystal Lattice Controlled SiGe Thermoelectric Materials with High Figure of Merit  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Direct energy conversion between thermal and electrical energy, based on thermoelectric (TE) effect, has the potential to recover waste heat and convert it to provide clean electric power. The energy conversion efficiency is related to the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT expressed as ZT=S(exp 2)(sigma)T/Kappa, T is temperature, S is the Seebeck coefficient, sigma is conductance and Kappa is thermal conductivity. For a lower thermal conductivity Kappa and high power factor (S(exp 2)(sigma)), our current strategy is the development of rhombohedrally strained single crystalline SiGe materials that are highly [111]-oriented twinned. The development of a SiGe "twin lattice structure (TLS)" plays a key role in phonon scattering. The TLS increases the electrical conductivity and decreases thermal conductivity due to phonon scattering at stacking faults generated from the 60 X rotated primary twin structure. To develop high performance materials, the substrate temperature, chamber working pressure, and DC sputtering power are controlled for the aligned growth production of SiGe layer and TLS on a c-plane sapphire. Additionally, a new elevated temperature thermoelectric characterization system, that measures the thermal diffusivity and Seebeck effect nondestructively, was developed. The material properties were characterized at various temperatures and optimized process conditions were experimentally determined. The present paper encompasses the technical discussions toward the development of thermoelectric materials and the measurement techniques.

Kim, Hyun-Jung; Park, Yeonjoon; King, Glen C.; Lee, Kunik; Choi, Sang H.

2010-01-01

346

Miniature Radioisotope Thermoelectric Power Cubes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Cube-shaped thermoelectric devices energized by a particles from radioactive decay of Cm-244 have been proposed as long-lived sources of power. These power cubes are intended especially for incorporation into electronic circuits that must operate in dark, extremely cold locations (e.g., polar locations or deep underwater on Earth, or in deep interplanetary space). Unlike conventional radioisotope thermoelectric generators used heretofore as central power sources in some spacecraft, the proposed power cubes would be small enough (volumes would range between 0.1 and 0.2 cm3) to play the roles of batteries that are parts of, and dedicated to, individual electronic-circuit packages. Unlike electrochemical batteries, these power cubes would perform well at low temperatures. They would also last much longer: given that the half-life of Cm-244 is 18 years, a power cube could remain adequate as a power source for years, depending on the power demand in its particular application.

Patel, Jagdish U.; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Caillat, Thierry

2004-01-01

347

Photo-controllable thermoelectric properties with reversibility and photo-thermoelectric effects of tungsten trioxide accompanied by its photochromic phenomenon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The addition of photo-controllable properties to tungsten trioxide (WO3) is of interest for developing practical applications of WO3 as well as for interpreting such phenomena from scientific viewpoints. Here, a sputtered crystalline WO3 thin film generated thermoelectric power due to ultraviolet (UV) light-induced band-gap excitation and was accompanied by a photochromic reaction resulting from generating W5+ ions. The thermoelectric properties (electrical conductivity (?) and Seebeck coefficient (S)) and coloration of WO3 could be reversibly switched by alternating the external stimulus between UV light irradiation and dark storage. After irradiating the film with UV light, ? increased, whereas the absolute value of S decreased, and the photochromic (coloration) reaction was detected. Notably, the opposite behavior was exhibited by WO3 after dark storage, and this reversible cycle could be repeated at least three times. Moreover, photo-thermoelectric effects (photo-conductive effect (photo-conductivity, ?photo) and photo-Seebeck effect (photo-Seebeck coefficient, Sphoto)) were also detected in response to visible-light irradiation of the colored WO3 thin films. Under visible-light irradiation, ?photo and the absolute value of Sphoto increased and decreased, respectively. These effects are likely attributable to the excitation of electrons from the mid-gap visible light absorption band (W5+ state) to the conduction band of WO3. Our findings demonstrate that the simultaneous, reversible switching of multiple properties of WO3 thin film is achieved by the application of an external stimulus and that this material exhibits photo-thermoelectric effects when irradiated with visible-light.

Azuma, Chiori; Kawano, Takuto; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Irie, Hiroshi

2014-11-01

348

Laboratory development of fourth generation sulphlex binders  

E-print Network

. In this direction, previous blends of sulfur modified with polymers have found to have certain drawbacks which the current research hopes to eliminate. The fourth generation of Sulphlex binders will be developed by taking a careful look at previous blends... and varying the proportions of sulfur and the modifiers. Several areas of concern that were identified in the previous blends would be probed into and alleviated through a comprehensive binder and mixture testing program aimed at producing an improved blend...

Menon, Vivek Narayan

1994-01-01

349

Characterizing the thermal efficiency of thermoelectric modules  

E-print Network

An experimental setup was designed and utilized to measure the thermoelectric properties as functions of temperature of a commercially available, bismuth telluride thermoelectric module. Thermoelectric modules are solid ...

Phillips, Samuel S

2009-01-01

350

High temperature thermoelectric characterization of III-V semiconductor thin films by oxide bonding  

E-print Network

Page 1 High temperature thermoelectric characterization of III-V semiconductor thin films by oxide bonding technique is developed for high temperature thermoelectric characterization of the thin film III-W-N diffusion barrier. A thermoelectric material, thin film ErAs:InGaAlAs metal/semiconductor nanocomposite

Bowers, John

351

Thermoelectric Properties of Some Cobalt Phosphide-Arsenide Compounds Anucha Watcharapasorn*  

E-print Network

and to further develop strategies for optimizing the thermoelectric properties of skutterudite materials-type as are most state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials [4]. Some semiconducting phosphide compounds such as CoThermoelectric Properties of Some Cobalt Phosphide-Arsenide Compounds Anucha Watcharapasorn

352

Design Principle of Telluride-Based Nanowire Heterostructures for Potential Thermoelectric Applications  

E-print Network

the intrinsic properties of thermoelectric materials. All of these have resulted in the unclearnessDesign Principle of Telluride-Based Nanowire Heterostructures for Potential Thermoelectric ABSTRACT: We present a design principle to develop new categories of telluride-based thermoelectric

Chen, Yong P.

353

Development of a 500-Watt portable generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In many commercial and recreational environments where power is unavailable, there is a need for lightweight, efficient, reasonably priced and quiet power sources that can recharge batteries for various portable devices. The current benchmark device is the Honda EU1000i, a 1000-Watt (peak) generator that weighs only 29 pounds (dry) and has a respectable noise level of 59 dB (at 7 meters) under peak power loading. The intent of this thesis study is to focus on the thermal management of a novel generator design that develops peak power of 500-Watts, weighs in at less than 20 pounds (dry) and has a reasonably low noise level at peak power loading. Through the course of this assessment, two key lessons are learned: • Liquid cooling at this scale is possible, but not practical • Renewable power sources (wind turbines and/or solar panels) are viable alternatives when used in environments that offer suitable conditions.

Knochenhauer, Robert John

354

Thermoelectric air conditioner for railways - modifications, results, prospects  

Microsoft Academic Search

The general situation with air conditioning for railways is reported. Results of air conditioning unit modification and trials are shown. The description of basic prototype subassembly developed at RIF Corp. was presented at the XIX International Conference on Thermoelectrics. The comparison with the basic prototype and improvements, concerning hot side liquid loop modification, water-to-air heat exchanger enhancement, and thermoelectric unit

A. S. Ivanov; S. A. Varlamov; V. V. Emelyanov; A. N. Manko; S. A. Kopylov

2002-01-01

355

Ultrathin Thermoelectric Devices for On-Chip Peltier Cooling  

Microsoft Academic Search

The efficient usage of thermoelectric (TE) devices for microelectronics cooling application requires investigation and remedy of various obstacles such as integration of these devices with electronic package, parasitic contact resistances, and utilization of appropriate current pulses. We develop a computational model to investigate the effect of steady state and transient mode of operation of ultrathin thermoelectric cooler (TEC) devices on

Man Prakash Gupta; Min-Hee Sayer; Saibal Mukhopadhyay; Satish Kumar

2011-01-01

356

On the thermoelectric magnetic field of spherical and cylindrical inclusions Peter B. Nagy and Adnan H. Nayfeh  

E-print Network

made of different materials, i.e., materials of different thermoelectric powers, will generate material discriminators used in nondestructive inspection. The thermoelectric power of metals is sensitive of thermoelectric materials characterization is metal sorting.1 However, it is known that under special conditions

Nagy, Peter B.

357

Improved Thermal Behavior of Multiple Linked Arrays of Silicon Nanowires Integrated into Planar Thermoelectric Microgenerators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Low-dimensional structures have been shown to be promising candidates for enhancing the thermoelectric properties of semiconductors, paving the way for integration of thermoelectric generators into silicon microtechnology. With this aim, dense arrays of well-oriented and size-controlled silicon nanowires (Si NWs) obtained by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism have been implemented into microfabricated structures to develop planar unileg thermoelectric microgenerators ( ?TEGs). Different low-thermal-mass suspended structures have been designed and microfabricated on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates to operate as microthermoelements using p-type Si NW arrays as the thermoelectric material. To obtain nanowire arrays with effective lengths larger than normally attained by the VLS technique, structures composed of multiple ordered arrays consecutively bridged by transversal microspacers have been fabricated. The successive linkage of multiple Si NW arrays enabled the development of larger temperature differences while preserving good electrical contact. This gives rise to small internal thermoelement resistances, enhancing the performance of the devices as energy harvesters.

Dávila, Diana; Tarancón, Albert; Calaza, Carlos; Salleras, Marc; Fernández-Regúlez, Marta; Paulo, Alvaro San; Fonseca, Luis

2013-07-01

358

Thermoelectricity in strontium titanate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This dissertation treats the synthesis, experimental characterization, thermoelectric properties, potential applications of, and theoretical basis for strontium titanate thermoelectric materials. It is found that doubly-doped strontium titanate, Sr1-xLaxTiO3-d is an efficient n-type thermoelectric material, yielding a dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit zT higher than other oxides and among the highest of any thermoelectric material in general. The improvement in thermoelectric efficiency of this material over other oxides is attributed in large part to the oxygen vacancy, which increases the electronic effective mass m* and in turn thermopower, increases electrical conductivity through donating electrons, and decreases lattice thermal conductivity. Through proper selection of La and oxygen vacancy doping, m* can be tuned in the material in the range of 2-20 me and thermal conductivity reduced by over a factor of three compared to stoichiometric SrTiO3. The potential applications of thin-film thermoelectrics in energy conversion are explored. In addition, the remarkable oxygen reduction of SrTiO3 single-crystal substrates is reported as resulting from pulsed laser deposition growth of oxide thin-films on their surfaces.

Scullin, Matthew Leo

359

Developing the Second Generation CMORPH: A Prototype  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A prototype system of the second generation CMORPH is being developed at NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) to produce global analyses of 30-min precipitation on a 0.05deg lat/lon grid over the entire globe from pole to pole through integration of information from satellite observations as well as numerical model simulations. The second generation CMORPH is built upon the Kalman Filter based CMORPH algorithm of Joyce and Xie (2011). Inputs to the system include rainfall and snowfall rate retrievals from passive microwave (PMW) measurements aboard all available low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, estimates derived from infrared (IR) observations of geostationary (GEO) as well as LEO platforms, and precipitation simulations from numerical global models. First, precipitation estimation / retrievals from various sources are mapped onto a global grid of 0.05deg lat/lon and calibrated against a common reference field to ensure consistency in their precipitation rate PDF structures. The motion vectors for the precipitating cloud systems are then defined using information from both satellite IR observations and precipitation fields generated by the NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR). To this end, motion vectors are first computed from CFSR hourly precipitation fields through cross-correlation analysis of consecutive hourly precipitation fields on the global T382 (~35 km) grid. In a similar manner, separate processing is also performed on satellite IR-based precipitation estimates to derive motion vectors from observations. A blended analysis of precipitating cloud motion vectors is then constructed through the combination of CFSR and satellite-derived vectors with an objective analysis technique. Fine resolution mapped PMW precipitation retrievals are then separately propagated along the motion vectors from their respective observation times to the target analysis time from both forward and backward directions. The CMORPH high resolution precipitation analyses are finally constructed through the combination of propagated PMW retrievals with the IR based estimates for the target analysis time. This Kalman Filter based CMORPH processing is performed for rainfall and snowfall fields separately with the same motion vectors. Experiments have been conducted for two periods of two months each, July - August 2009, and January - February 2010, to explore the development of an optimal algorithm that generates global precipitation for summer and winter situations. Preliminary results demonstrated technical feasibility to construct global rainfall and snowfall analyses through the integration of information from multiple sources. More work is underway to refine various technical components of the system for operational applications of the system. Detailed results will be reported at the EGU meeting.

Xie, Pingping; Joyce, Robert

2014-05-01

360

In-line thermoelectric module  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric module with a plurality of electricity generating units each having a first end and a second end, the units being arranged first end to second end along an in-line axis. Each unit includes first and second elements each made of a thermoelectric material, an electrically conductive hot member arranged to heat one side of the first element, and an electrically conductive cold member arranged to cool another side of the first element and to cool one side of the second element. The hot member, the first element, the cold member and the second element are supported in a fixture, are electrically connected respectively to provide an electricity generating unit, and are arranged respectively in positions along the in-line axis. The individual components of each generating unit and the respective generating units are clamped in their in-line positions by a loading bolt at one end of the fixture and a stop wall at the other end of the fixture. The hot members may have a T-shape and the cold members an hourglass shape to facilitate heat transfer. The direction of heat transfer through the hot members may be perpendicular to the direction of heat transfer through the cold members, and both of these heat transfer directions may be perpendicular to the direction of current flow through the module.

Pento, Robert (Algonquin, IL); Marks, James E. (Glenville, NY); Staffanson, Clifford D. (S. Glens Falls, NY)

2000-01-01

361

Increasing Thermoelectric Generation Water Use  

E-print Network

Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) #12;10© 2007 cooling; mechanical-draft wet tower * Combined-cycle use rate based on total plant MW #12;11© 2007 Combined-cycle ­ Air Cooled #12;15© 2007 Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. Air

Keller, Arturo A.

362

Active superconductive generator development 400 horsepower generator design  

Microsoft Academic Search

A superconductive acyclic generator has been designed and constructed using the unique current-carrying capabilities of superconducting wire in the field winding to produce a very high flux density in the rotor region. This, along with the use of liquid-metal current collectors in lieu of conventional brushes has yielded a very high power density machine designed to operate at gas turbine

H. O. Stevens; M. J. Cannell

1981-01-01

363

Bipolar thermoelectric devices  

E-print Network

The work presented here is a theoretical and experimental study of heat production and transport in bipolar electrical devices, with detailed treatment of thermoelectric effects. Both homojunction and heterojunction devices ...

Pipe, Kevin P. (Kevin Patrick), 1976-

2004-01-01

364

Highly efficient functional GexPb1-xTe based thermoelectric alloys.  

PubMed

Methods for enhancement of the direct thermal to electrical energy conversion efficiency, upon development of advanced thermoelectric materials, are constantly investigated mainly for efficient implementation of thermoelectric devices in automotive vehicles, for converting the waste heat generated in such engines into useful electrical power and thereby reduction of the fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels. It was recently shown that GeTe based compounds and specifically GeTe-PbTe rich alloys are efficient p-type thermoelectric compositions. In the current research, Bi2Te3 doping and PbTe alloying effects in GexPb1-xTe alloys, subjected to phase separation reactions, were investigated for identifying the phase separation potential for enhancement of the thermoelectric properties beyond a pure alloying effect. All of the investigated compositions exhibit maximal dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, values beyond 1, with the extraordinary value of 2.1 found for the 5% Bi2Te3 doped-Ge0.87Pb0.13Te composition, considered as among the highest ever reported. PMID:25133859

Gelbstein, Yaniv; Davidow, Joseph

2014-10-01

365

Development of steam generator vessel database  

SciTech Connect

The purpose of this project was to collect publicly-available information on Steam Generator (SG) vessel integrity, abstract and summarize the information, and develop a database that could be used for identification of trends. The database developed includes information on 256 SGs (27 of them replacements for originally-installed SGs) in 75 operating Pressurized Water Reactor plants in the United States. The information was collected from Final Safety Analysis Reports and from a variety of documents on file in the Public Document Room of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The data show that the predominant factor in cracking and other indications in SG vessel components was corrosion, arising principally from oxygen and traces of certain other chemicals in feedwater. A second important factor in cracking was stress. Cracking in welds was assisted, if not initiated, by residual stress from inadequate pre-heat and/or post weld heat treatment. Cracking in nozzle elements was initiated or assisted by stress concentration at discontinuities in cross sections. Cracking in nozzles and welds was often related to thermal stress. Another factor to be considered in nozzle cracking is stress caused by water hammer events.

Mattu, R.K.; Lauderdale, J. (Science Applications International Corp., McLean, VA (United States))

1992-05-01

366

Active superconductive generator development 400 horsepower generator design  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A superconductive acyclic generator has been designed and constructed using the unique current-carrying capabilities of superconducting wire in the field winding to produce a very high flux density in the rotor region. This, along with the use of liquid-metal current collectors in lieu of conventional brushes has yielded a very high power density machine designed to operate at gas turbine speeds. The nominal 300-kilowatt generator is 0.66 meter long and 0.46 meter in diameter (26 x 18 inches) and is designed to operate at 19,500 revolutions per minute. Extrapolation of the design analyses indicates no barriers to operation up to 750 kilowatts. Efficiencies of 98% are estimated over the practical operating range.

Stevens, H. O.; Cannell, M. J.

1981-10-01

367

Nanostructured Interfaces for Thermoelectrics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Temperature drops at the interfaces between thermoelectric materials and the heat source and sink reduce the overall efficiency of thermoelectric systems. Nanostructured interfaces based on vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) promise the combination of mechanical compliance and high thermal conductance required for thermoelectric modules, which are subjected to severe thermomechanical stresses. This work discusses the property require- ments for thermoelectric interface materials, reviews relevant data available in the literature for CNT films, and characterizes the thermal properties of vertically aligned multiwalled CNTs grown on a candidate thermoelectric material. Nanosecond thermoreflectance thermometry provides thermal property data for 1.5- ?m-thick CNT films on SiGe. The thermal interface resistances between the CNT film and surrounding materials are the dominant barriers to thermal transport, ranging from 1.4 m2 K MW-1 to 4.3 m2 K MW-1. The volumetric heat capacity of the CNT film is estimated to be 87 kJ m-3 K-1, which corresponds to a volumetric fill fraction of 9%. The effect of 100 thermal cycles from 30°C to 200°C is also studied. These data provide the groundwork for future studies of thermoelectric materials in contact with CNT films serving as both a thermal and electrical interface.

Gao, Y.; Marconnet, A. M.; Panzer, M. A.; Leblanc, S.; Dogbe, S.; Ezzahri, Y.; Shakouri, A.; Goodson, K. E.

2010-09-01

368

Thermoelectric Properties of Semiconducting Silicide Nanowires  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Semiconducting silicides are promising thermoelectric materials. In addition to their respectable thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT up to 0.8), silicides have the advantages of low cost, excellent thermal stability and mechanical strength, and outstanding oxidation resistance, making them suitable for high temperature applications. We have developed general synthetic approaches to single crystal nanowires of silicides to investigate the enhancement of thermoelectric properties due to the reduced nanoscale dimension and to explore their applications in thermoelectrics. We will discuss the synthesis and structural characterization of nanowires of chromium disilicide (CrSi2) prepared via a chemical vapor transport (CVT) method and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of organometallic precursors to synthesize the Novontony Chimney ladder phase MnSi1.75. The Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity of individual CrSi2 nanowires were characterized using a suspended microdevice and correlated with the structural information obtained by microscopy on the same nanowires. This combined Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity measurements also provide an effective approach to probing the Fermi level, carrier concentration and mobility in nanowires. We will also discuss our progress in using individual nanostructures combined well-defined structural characterization to conclusively investigate the complex thermoelectric behaviors of silicide materials.

Jin, Song; Sczech, Jeannine; Higgins, Jeremy; Zhou, Feng; Shi, Li

2008-03-01

369

Synthesis and Characterization of p Type Pb 0.5 Sn 0.5 Te Thermoelectric Power Generation Elements by Mechanical Alloying  

Microsoft Academic Search

A mechanical alloying (MA) process to transform elemental powders into solid Pb0.5Sn0.5Te with thermoelectric functionality comparable to melt-alloyed material is described. The room-temperature doping level and\\u000a mobility as well as temperature-dependent electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity are reported.\\u000a Estimated values of lattice thermal conductivity (0.7 W m?1 K?1) are lower than some reports of functional melt-alloyed PbSnTe-based material, providing evidence that

Aaron D. LaLonde; Peter D. Moran

2010-01-01

370

Synthesis and Characterization of p-Type Pb0.5Sn0.5Te Thermoelectric Power Generation Elements by Mechanical Alloying  

Microsoft Academic Search

A mechanical alloying (MA) process to transform elemental powders into solid Pb0.5Sn0.5Te with thermoelectric functionality comparable to melt-alloyed material is described. The room-temperature doping level and mobility as well as temperature-dependent electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity are reported. Estimated values of lattice thermal conductivity (0.7 W m-1 K-1) are lower than some reports of functional melt-alloyed PbSnTe-based material,

Aaron D. Lalonde; Peter D. Moran

2010-01-01

371

Low-dimensional thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

The promise of low dimensional thermoelectric materials for enhanced performance is reviewed, with particular attention given\\u000a to quantum wells and quantum wires. The high potential of bismuth as a low-dimensional thermoelectric material is discussed.

M. S. Dresselhaus; G. Dresselhaus; X. Sun; Z. Zhang; S. B. Cronin; T. Koga

1999-01-01

372

Automotive Applications of Thermoelectric Materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

This report reviews several existing and potential automotive applications of thermoelectric technology. Material and device\\u000a issues related to automotive applications are discussed. Challenges for automotive thermoelectric applications are highlighted.

Jihui Yang; Francis R. Stabler

2009-01-01

373

Feasibility of large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Heat resources of small temperature difference are easily accessible, free and enormous on the Earth. Thermoelectric effects provide the technology for converting these heat resources directly into electricity. We present designs for electricity generators based on thermoelectric effects that utilize heat resources of small temperature difference, e.g., ocean water at different depths and geothermal resources, and conclude that large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects are feasible and economically competitive. The key observation is that the power factor of thermoelectric materials, unlike the figure of merit, can be improved by orders of magnitude upon laminating good conductors and good thermoelectric materials. The predicted large-scale power generators based on thermoelectric effects, if validated, will have the advantages of the scalability, renewability, and free supply of heat resources of small temperature difference on the Earth.

Liu, Liping

2014-12-01

374

Thermoelectric systems: Ion beam enhanced thermoelectric properties  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A thermoelectric system based on the interaction of composites of two metal nanocrystals in silica substrate prepared by a multilayer structure having alternate layers of metal/material mixture is discussed in detail in this paper. The alternate layers component of this work has two metal content, gold and silver. The layered structure irradiated with ionizing radiation to produce nanoclusters in these layers one on the top of each metal nanocrystal containing nanolayer with no silica buffer layer. The differing metal content serves to quench the nanoclusters to isolate nanoclusters along the 5.0 MeV Si beam irradiation track, as described in our past 16 years publications [1-5]. The result is a thermoelectric material with high electrical conductivity, low thermal conductivity, high Seebeck coefficient thus a high figure of merit as high as 3.1, as described in this work.

ILA, Daryush

2014-08-01

375

An Experimental Investigation towards Improvement of Thermoelectric Properties of Strontium Titanate Ceramics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The direct energy conversion between heat and electricity based on thermoelectric effects is a topic of long-standing interest in condensed matter materials science. Experimental and theoretical investigations in order to understand the mechanisms involved and to improve the materials properties and conversion efficiency have been ongoing for more than half a century. While significant achievements have been accomplished in improving the properties of conventional heavy element based materials (such as Bi2Te 3 and PbTe) as well as the discovery of new materials systems for the close-to-room temperature and intermediate temperatures, high-temperature applications of thermoelectrics is still limited to one materials system, namely SiGe. Recently, oxides have exhibited great potential to be investigated for high-temperature thermoelectric power generation. The objective of this dissertation is to synthesize and investigate both electronic and thermal transport in strontium titanate (SrTiO3) ceramics in order to experimentally realize its potential and to ultimately investigate the possibility of further improvement of the thermoelectric performance of this perovskite oxide for mid- to high temperature applications. Developing a synthesis strategy and tuning various synthesis parameters to benefit the thermoelectric transport form the foundation of this study. It is worth mentioning that the results of this study has been employed to prepare targets for pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) to study the thermoelectric properties of corresponding thin films and superlattice structures at Dr. Husam Alshareef's group at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. Considering the broad range of functionality of SrTiO3, the findings of this work will surely benefit other fields of research and application of this functional oxide such as photoluminescence, ferroelectricity or mixed-ionic electronic conductivity. This dissertation will ultimately attempt to answer the question, "Is it possible to further improve the thermoelectric properties of SrTiO 3-based ceramics?". The organization of the dissertation is as follows: In Chapter 1, the fundamental concepts in the thermoelectric theory is explained. Second, we briefly review the characteristics of "good" thermoelectric materials and highlight the differences exist between SrTiO3 and conventional thermoelectric materials. In Chapter 2, SrTiO3 is introduced and the electronic and thermal properties arising from its crystal structure are discussed. Chapter 3 is dedicated to the fundamentals of measurements of the electronic and thermal transport properties which are the backbone of the current work. Our experimental results are presented in Chapter 4 and 5. The synthesis and processing techniques to prepare doped SrTiO3 powder and bulk polycrystalline ceramic are presented in Chapter 3. The optimizations of the synthesis and densification parameters involved are presented and discussed in this chapter as well. Significant improvement achieved in the thermoelectric figure of merit of Pr-doped SrTiO3 and the studies performed to understand the results are presented in Chapter 5. Concluding remarks and future work are discussed in Chapter 6.

Mehdizadeh Dehkordi, Arash

376

A continuum theory of thermoelectric bodies and effective properties of thermoelectric composites  

E-print Network

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.3 A constitutive model for thermoelectric materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2 composites. 1 Introduction Thermoelectric (TE) materials directly convert heat into electric energyA continuum theory of thermoelectric bodies and effective properties of thermoelectric composites

Liu, Liping

377

p × n-type transverse thermoelectrics: an alternative Peltier refrigerator with cryogenic promise  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work describes a band-engineered transverse thermoelectric with p-type Seebeck in one direction and ntype orthogonal, with off-diagonal terms that drive heat flow transverse to electrical current. Such materials are named p × n type transverse thermoelectrics. Whereas thermoelectric performance is normally limited by the figure of merit ZT, p × n type materials can be more easily geometrically shaped and integrated for devices, leading to more compact, longer lifetime, enhanced efficiency coolers for infrared detectors or photovoltaic generators.

Zhou, Chuanle; Tang, Y.; Grayson, M.

2014-02-01

378

Thermoelectric property studies on carbon-60 doped P-type Bismuth(0.5)Antimony(1.5)Tellurium(3)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Solid state cooling and power generation based on thermoelectric principles are regarded as one of the technologies with the potential of solving the current energy crisis. Thermoelectric devices could be widely used in waste heat recovery, small scale power generation and refrigeration. It has no moving parts and is environmental friendly. The limitation to its application is due to its low efficiency. Most of the current commercialized thermoelectric materials have a figure of merit (ZT) around 1. The performance of these materials depends on the dimensionless figure-of-merit ZT (= S2sigma T/ kappa), where S is the Seebeck coefficient; sigma is the electrical conductivity; kappa is the thermal conductivity; S2sigma is the power factor and T is the absolute temperature. In recent years, many studies have shown a significant enhancement of figure of merit by utilizing a nanostructuring approach to reduce the thermal conductivity by scattering ph onons more effectively than electrons. The research shows how using a low-cost and mass-production ball milling and hot press compaction nanocomposite process, can improve the power factor by 50% using a temperature range of 60 °C to 80 °C in p-type nanostructured Bi.5Sb1.5Te3 bulk alloys. Further research was developed by using the aforementioned novel approach for cost and time effectiveness by doping C60 to nanocomposite Bi.5Sb1.5Te 3 alloy to improve the figure of merit of thermoelectric materials. The improvement is mainly because of fullerene molecules that provide thermal phonon blocking and particular charge transfer in the nanocomposite. The molecules act as electron traps, and thus decrease the density of free electrons in n-type semiconductors and generate holes in p-type materials. These high performance materials have been investigated to get high efficiency from thermoelectric devices for waste heat recovery, power generation, and cooling applications.

Vemishetti, Aravindkumar

379

-Based Thermoelectric Devices  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The impact of contact resistance on thermoelectric (TE) device performance grows more significant as devices are scaled down. To improve and understand the effects of contact resistance on bulk TE device performance, a reliable experimental measurement method is needed. There are many popular methods to extract contact resistance, but they are only well suited for measuring metal contacts on thin films and do not necessarily translate to measuring contact resistance on bulk TE materials. The authors present a measurement technique that precisely measures contact resistance on bulk TE materials by making and testing stacks of bulk, metal-coated TE wafers using TE industry-standard processes. An equation that uses the Z of the stacked device to extract the contact resistance is used to reduce the sensitivity to resistivity variations of the TE material. Another advantage of this technique is that it exploits realistic TE device manufacturing techniques and results in an almost device-like structure. The lowest contact resistivity measured was 1.1 × 10-6 ? cm2 and 1.3 × 10-6 ? cm2 for n- and p-type materials, respectively using a newly developed process at 300 K. The uncertainty in the contact resistivity values for each sample was 10% to 20%, which is quite good for measurements in the 10-6 ? cm2 range.

Gupta, Rahul P.; McCarty, Robin; Sharp, Jeff

2014-06-01

380

Substrate effects on the thermoelectric properties of Co-sputtered Bi-Te thin films for micro-thermoelectric devices  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Among the various thermoelectric materials, bismuth-tellurium (Bi-Te)-based materials are known to have excellent thermoelectric performance near room temperature and are widely used in the thermoelectric industry as thin films for thermoelectric coolers and generators. In this study, thermoelectric Bi-Te thin films, deposited on various substrates such as SiO2 wafers, glass, and sapphire, were fabricated by RF magnetron co-sputtering. The microstructural, electrical, and thermoelectric properties of n-type Bi-Te thin films were investigated. Based on the results of this study, we concluded that the surface roughness and the crystalline structure of the substrate influenced the grain size, crystallinity, and thermoelectric and electrical properties of the Bi-Te thin films. The Bi-Te film deposited on SiO2 had a power factor of 2.96 mW/K2·m without post-annealing. Previous studies have reported power factors of ˜3.0 mW/K2·m for n-type films after annealing.

Lee, Hee-Jung; Han, Seungwoo; Lee, Kwang Eun; Park, Hyun Sung; Kim, Min-Su

2012-11-01

381

Cooling performance of integrated thermoelectric microcooler  

Microsoft Academic Search

A theoretical model for calculating the cooling performance of an integrated thermoelectric microcooler (ITM), which takes into account the effects of substrate thermal bypass, convection and radiation heat loads and electrical and thermal contact resistances, is developed based on a recently proposed device configuration. The model is used to obtain the optimum thermoelement length for achieving maximum cooling performance of

Gao Min; D. M. Rowe

1999-01-01

382

IEEE POWER ENGINEERING SOCIETY ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND POWER GENERATION COMMITTEE  

E-print Network

IEEE POWER ENGINEERING SOCIETY ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND POWER GENERATION COMMITTEE Latin America Sponsored by: International Practices for Energy Development and Power Generation Chairs: Luiz Barroso, PSR utilities (Discos) that buy power supply from generators in both the long term and sport markets. For more

Catholic University of Chile (Universidad Católica de Chile)

383

Silicon–germanium alloys as high-temperature thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article reviews the preparation and properties of silicon–germanium alloys, mentions some recent developments in their technology, and assesses their potential for further improvement as high temperature thermoelectric materials.

C. M. Bhandari; D. M. Rowe

1980-01-01

384

Computer optimization of reactor-thermoelectric space power systems  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A computer simulation and optimization code that has been developed for nuclear space power systems is described. The results of using this code to analyze two reactor-thermoelectric systems are presented.

Maag, W. L.; Finnegan, P. M.; Fishbach, L. H.

1973-01-01

385

Thermoelectrically cooled water trap  

DOEpatents

A water trap system based on a thermoelectric cooling device is employed to remove a major fraction of the water from air samples, prior to analysis of these samples for chemical composition, by a variety of analytical techniques where water vapor interferes with the measurement process. These analytical techniques include infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, ion mobility spectrometry and gas chromatography. The thermoelectric system for trapping water present in air samples can substantially improve detection sensitivity in these analytical techniques when it is necessary to measure trace analytes with concentrations in the ppm (parts per million) or ppb (parts per billion) partial pressure range. The thermoelectric trap design is compact and amenable to use in a portable gas monitoring instrumentation.

Micheels, Ronald H. (Concord, MA)

2006-02-21

386

Development of an automatic block generation algorithm  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A method for automatic multiblock grid generation is described. The method combines the modified advancing front method as a predictor with an elliptic scheme as a corrector. It advances a collection of cells by one cell height in the outward direction using modified advancing front method, and then corrects newly-obtained cell positions by solving elliptic equations. This predictor-corrector type scheme is repeatedly applied until the field of interest is filled with hexahedral grid cells. Given the configuration surface grid, the scheme produces block layouts as well as grid cells with overall smoothness as its output. The method saves human-time and reduces the burden on the user in generating grids for general 3D configurations. It is used to generate multiblock grids for wings in their high-lift configuration.

Eberhardt, Scott; Kim, Byoungsoo

1995-01-01

387

Indium selenides: structural characteristics, synthesis and their thermoelectric performances.  

PubMed

Indium selenides have attracted extensive attention in high-efficiency thermoelectrics for waste heat energy conversion due to their extraordinary and tunable electrical and thermal properties. This Review aims to provide a thorough summary of the structural characteristics (e.g. crystal structures, phase transformations, and structural vacancies) and synthetic methods (e.g. bulk materials, thin films, and nanostructures) of various indium selenides, and then summarize the recent progress on exploring indium selenides as high-efficiency thermoelectric materials. By highlighting challenges and opportunities in the end, this Review intends to shine some light on the possible approaches for thermoelectric performance enhancement of indium selenides, which should open up an opportunity for applying indium selenides in the next-generation thermoelectric devices. PMID:24729463

Han, Guang; Chen, Zhi-Gang; Drennan, John; Zou, Jin

2014-07-01

388

Can Thermotunneling Improve the Currently Realized Thermoelectric Conversion Efficiency?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In a tunnel junction, electrons can overcome a nanoscale vacuum gap after the application of an electrical voltage. A temperature difference rather than an electrical voltage applied at the junction gives rise to an analogous thermoelectric tunnel effect called thermotunneling. This effect opens the possibility of thermoelectric conversion without phononic thermal backflow, which has encouraged optimism regarding the potential of thermotunneling for power generation and refrigeration. However, thermotunneling implies a photonic thermal backflow caused by radiative heat exchange amplified by photon tunneling of evanescent modes. An investigation based on a free electron model and comprising the combined influence of both electronic and photonic heat transfer through a vacuum tunnel gap is presented. An upper limit M = ? 2/12 on the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit practically attainable by thermotunneling can be stated. This means that thermo- tunneling cannot outperform the maximum M values achieved by thermoelectric materials research to date.

Dillner, U.

2010-09-01

389

Amplification and reversal of Knudsen force by thermoelectric heating  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We show that the Knudsen thermal force generated by a thermally-induced flow over a heated beam near a colder wall could be amplified significantly by thermoelectric heating. Bidirectional actuation is achieved by switching the polarity of the thermoelectric device bias voltage. The measurements of the resulting thermal forces at different rarefaction regimes, realized by changing geometry and gas pressure, are done using torsional microbalance. The repulsive or attractive forces between a thermoelectrically heated or cooled plate and a substrate are shown to be up to an order of magnitude larger than for previously studied configurations and heating methods due to favorable coupling of two thermal gradients. The amplification and reversal of the Knudsen force is confirmed by numerical solution of the Boltzmann-ESBGK kinetic model equation. Because of the favorable scaling with decreasing system size, the Knudsen force with thermoelectric heating offers a novel actuation and sensing mechanism for nano/microsystems.

O'Neill, William J.; Wada, Mizuki; Strongrich, Andrew D.; Cofer, Anthony; Alexeenko, Alina A.

2014-12-01

390

Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids Vol 58 p 1119-25 (1997) T Caillat et al Preparation and thermoelectric properties of semiconducting Zn4Sb3  

E-print Network

-of-the-art thermoelectric materials between Bi2Te3-based alloys and PbTe-based alloys. This material, relatively inexpensive conductivity. Established thermoelectric materials used in power generation can be divided into three and theoretical considerations, several new potentially high performance thermoelectric materials were identified

391

Large-scale Ocean-based or Geothermal Power Plants by Thermoelectric Effects  

E-print Network

Heat resources of small temperature difference are easily accessible, free and unlimited on earth. Thermoelectric effects provide the technology for converting these heat resources directly into electricity. We present designs of electricity generators based on thermoelectric effects and using heat resources of small temperature difference, e.g., ocean water at different depths and geothermal sources, and conclude that large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects are feasible and economically competitive. The key observation is that the power factor of thermoelectric materials, unlike the figure of merit, can be improved by orders of magnitude upon laminating good conductors and good thermoelectric materials. The predicted large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects, if validated, will have a global economic and social impact for its scalability, and the renewability, free and unlimited supply of heat resources of small temperature difference on earth.

Liu, Liping

2012-01-01

392

Enhancement of automotive exhaust heat recovery by thermoelectric devices  

SciTech Connect

In an effort to improve automobile fuel economy, an experimental study is undertaken to explore practical aspects of implementing thermoelectric devices for exhaust gas energy recovery. A highly instrumented apparatus consisting of a hot (exhaust gas) and a cold (coolant liquid) side rectangular ducts enclosing the thermoelectric elements has been built. Measurements of thermoelectric voltage output and flow and surface temperatures were acquired and analyzed to investigate the power generation and heat transfer properties of the apparatus. Effects of inserting aluminum wool packing material inside the hot side duct on augmentation of heat transfer from the gas stream to duct walls were studied. Data were collected for both the unpacked and packed cases to allow for detection of packing influence on flow and surface temperatures. Effects of gas and coolant inlet temperatures as well as gas flow rate on the thermoelectric power output were examined. The results indicate that thermoelectric power production is increased at higher gas inlet temperature or flow rate. However, thermoelectric power generation decreases with a higher coolant temperature as a consequence of the reduced hot-cold side temperature differential. For the hot-side duct, a large temperature gradient exists between the gas and solid surface temperature due to poor heat transfer through the gaseous medium. Adding the packing material inside the exhaust duct enhanced heat transfer and hence raised hot-side duct surface temperatures and thermoelectric power compared to the unpacked duct, particularly where the gas-to-surface temperature differential is highest. Therefore it is recommended that packing of exhaust duct becomes common practice in thermoelectric waste energy harvesting applications.

Ibrahim, Essam [Alabama A& M University, Normal; Szybist, James P [ORNL; Parks, II, James E [ORNL

2010-01-01

393

A thermoelectric heat engine with ultracold atoms.  

PubMed

Thermoelectric effects, such as the generation of a particle current by a temperature gradient, have their origin in a reversible coupling between heat and particle flows. These effects are fundamental probes for materials and have applications to cooling and power generation. Here, we demonstrate thermoelectricity in a fermionic cold atoms channel in the ballistic and diffusive regimes, connected to two reservoirs. We show that the magnitude of the effect and the efficiency of energy conversion can be optimized by controlling the geometry or disorder strength. Our observations are in quantitative agreement with a theoretical model based on the Landauer-Büttiker formalism. Our device provides a controllable model system to explore mechanisms of energy conversion and realizes a cold atom-based heat engine. PMID:24158905

Brantut, Jean-Philippe; Grenier, Charles; Meineke, Jakob; Stadler, David; Krinner, Sebastian; Kollath, Corinna; Esslinger, Tilman; Georges, Antoine

2013-11-01

394

Skutterudites: Thermoelectric Materials for Automotive Applications?  

Microsoft Academic Search

The power output of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) was investigated under engine partial-load operation based on measured\\u000a exhaust gas temperatures and mass flow rates. Materials with properties required for highend temperature TE couples (>500°C)\\u000a were evaluated. Various possible material combinations for p- and n-legs of these couples as well as the conflicting targets of high efficiency and low cost as

K. Salzgeber; P. Prenninger; A. Grytsiv; P. Rogl; E. Bauer

2010-01-01

395

Career Development in Generation X. Myths and Realities.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Several myths relate to the question of whether Generation X, the population cohort following the Baby Boomers, has different values, work ethics, and attitudes toward work and career development. The first myth is that individuals in Generation X are slackers, lacking career drive and ambition. The reality is that Generation X may just view the…

Lankard, Bettina A.

396

Low dimensional thermoelectrics  

Microsoft Academic Search

Enhanced ZT has been predicted theoretically for low dimensional electronic systems under appropriate experimental conditions. Enhanced ZT has been observed experimentally within 2D quantum wells of PbTe, and good agreement between theory and experiment has been obtained. The advantages of low dimensional systems for thermoelectric applications are described, and prospects for further enhancement of ZT are discussed

M. S. Dresselhaus; T. Koga; X. Sun; S. B. Cronin; K. Wang; G. Chen

1997-01-01

397

Thermoelectric Temperature Control  

E-print Network

NOTE 201TM TECHNICAL Optimizing Thermoelectric Temperature Control Systems #12;2 May 1995 92 of applications that require extremely stable temperature control. System design can be complex, but improved temperature control to achieve required stabilities. Detector systems approaching the noise floor also use

Saffman, Mark

398

Green thermoelectrics: Observation and analysis of plant thermoelectric response  

E-print Network

Plants are sensitive to thermal and electrical effects; yet the coupling of both, known as thermoelectricity, and its quantitative measurement in vegetal systems never were reported. We recorded the thermoelectric response of bean sprouts under various thermal conditions and stress. The obtained experimental data unambiguously demonstrate that a temperature difference between the roots and the leaves of a bean sprout induces a thermoelectric voltage between these two points. Basing our analysis of the data on the force-flux formalism of linear response theory, we found that the strength of the vegetal equivalent to the thermoelectric coupling is one order of magnitude larger than that in the best thermoelectric materials. Experimental data also show the importance of the thermal stress variation rate in the plant's electrophysiological response. Therefore, thermoelectric effects are sufficiently important to partake in the complex and intertwined processes of energy and matter transport within plants.

Goupil, C; Khamsing, A; Apertet, Y; Bouteau, F; Mancuso, S; Patino, R; Lecoeur, Ph

2015-01-01

399

Results of metallographical diagnostic examination of Navy half-watt thermoelectric converters degraded by accelerated tests  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

To verify the 15-year reliability of the Navy half-watt radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG), bismuth-telluride thermoelectric converters were submitted to testing at high temperatures which accelerated the degradation and caused failure of the converters. Metallographic diagnostic examination of failed units verified failure mechanisms. Results of diagnostic examinations are presented.

Rosell, F. E., Jr.; Rouklove, P. G.

1977-01-01

400

Thermoelectric electro-magnetic pump design for the SP100 reference flight system  

Microsoft Academic Search

The design of the thermoelectric electromagnetic (TEM) pump used in the SP-100 space power system is described. The TEM pump is designed to pump liquid (molten) lithium (Li) coolant in the primary heat transport subsystem and heat rejection subsystem. The pump utilizes advanced thermoelectric cells to generate electric current that induces magnetic flux in a Z-shaped magnetic structure. The electric

F. M. Zarghami; J. C. Atwell; S. A. Salamah; U. N. Sinha

1989-01-01

401

Geographic, technologic, and economic analysis of using reclaimed water for thermoelectric power plant cooling.  

PubMed

Use of reclaimed water-municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent-in nonpotable applications can be a sustainable and efficient water management strategy. One such nonpotable application is at thermoelectric power plants since these facilities require cooling, often using large volumes of freshwater. To evaluate the geographic, technologic, and economic feasibility of using reclaimed water to cool thermoelectric power plants, we developed a spatially resolved model of existing power plants. Our model integrates data on power plant and municipal wastewater treatment plant operations into a combined geographic information systems and optimization approach to evaluate the feasibility of cooling system retrofits. We applied this broadly applicable methodology to 125 power plants in Texas as a test case. Results show that sufficient reclaimed water resources exist within 25 miles of 92 power plants (representing 61% of capacity and 50% of generation in our sample), with most of these facilities meeting both short-term and long-term water conservation cost goals. This retrofit analysis indicates that reclaimed water could be a suitable cooling water source for thermoelectric power plants, thereby mitigating some of the freshwater impacts of electricity generation. PMID:24625241

Stillwell, Ashlynn S; Webber, Michael E

2014-04-15

402

Generation and transmission improvements in developing countries  

SciTech Connect

This paper discusses new realities in Power Development in Developing Countries as seen by the United Nations, The World Energy Council, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. At the outset, technical assistance given by the United Nations for global sustainability projects is summarized. Power system expansion and interconnection in China, greenhouse gas emission reduction in Egypt, and integrated development of the Arab-Mediterranean Regional and environmental considerations are among the projects that are highlighted. The pressing need of Developing Countries as seen by the World Energy Council to meet energy needs without prejudice to the environment where technological advances in the production, delivery and utilization of electrical energy are central to resolving conflicts between energy and the environment is then discussed. The paper goes on to discuss power system planning in deregulated environments where the Brazilian experience is highlighted. Global dynamics and potential for an integrated African Grid is then examined. Concepts associated with the growing interest in renewable resources in Central and East Africa for domestic, continental and international utilization are synthesized. Current and future energy development proposals are discussed with emphasis on operational reliability as a basis for potential large system design. Given are generalized representations to illustrate hydroelectric potential of the Central and East African regions and the kind of centralized pool that could be developed as a result. Other studies which include the Africa-Europe and Zaire-Egypt initiatives are also discussed.

Hammons, T.J.; Willingham, M.; Mak, K.N.; Da Silva, M.; Morozowski, M.; Blyden, B.K.

1999-09-01

403

Skutterudites: Thermoelectric Materials for Automotive Applications?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The power output of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) was investigated under engine partial-load operation based on measured exhaust gas temperatures and mass flow rates. Materials with properties required for highend temperature TE couples (>500°C) were evaluated. Various possible material combinations for p- and n-legs of these couples as well as the conflicting targets of high efficiency and low cost as required for automotive mass production are discussed. New skutterudite materials for both p- and n-legs as identified during a joint research project are presented, which can help to overcome this conflict. Efficiencies >10% were achieved with these new materials, which have potentially twofold lower production costs than telluride-based materials due to the price of their elements. Some potential for improvement in efficiency and costs has been identified by developing highly integrated TEG units, specifically designed for automotive applications. These initial results of the material development and the evaluation of different integration concepts will be applied in a subsequent step for the fabrication of a pilot number of TEG modules/units.

Salzgeber, K.; Prenninger, P.; Grytsiv, A.; Rogl, P.; Bauer, E.

2010-09-01

404

Thermoelectric device for treatment of radiculitis and spinal massage  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Results of development of a thermoelectric device that enables controlled cyclic temperature impact on the damaged area of human organism are presented. Unlike the existing medical devices employing direct supply current for thermoelectric module, the present device controls supply current according to time dependence of temperature change assigned by doctor. It is established that such a device is an efficient means of therapy at herniation of intervertebral disks with marked radiculitis and tunicary syndromes, at meningitis, other spinal diseases and back traumas.

Anatychuk, L. I.; Kobylyansky, R. R.

2012-06-01

405

Generativity–Stagnation: Development of a Status Model  

Microsoft Academic Search

Erikson's seminal writings on lifespan development describe specific psychosocial developmental tasks to be accomplished in adulthood, embodied in the construct of generativity–stagnation. The primary challenge of this seventh stage of Erikson's theory is to establish and guide the next generation through one's acts of care. Theoretical and empirical developments of Erikson's construct are reviewed. A new, five-category model that describes

Cheryl L. Bradley

1997-01-01

406

Development of respiratory rhythm generation in ectothermic vertebrates.  

PubMed

Compared with birds and mammals, very little is known about the development and regulation of respiratory rhythm generation in ectothermic vertebrates. The development and regulation of respiratory rhythm generation in ectothermic vertebrates (fish, amphibians and reptiles) should provide insight into the evolution of these mechanisms. One useful model for examining the development of respiratory rhythm generation in ectothermic vertebrates has emerged from studies with the North American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana). A major advantage of bullfrogs as a comparative model for respiratory rhythm generation is that respiratory output may be measured at all stages of development, both in vivo and in vitro. An emerging view of recent studies in developing bullfrogs is that many of the mechanisms of respiratory rhythm generation are very similar to those seen in birds and mammals. The overall conclusion from these studies is that respiratory rhythm generation during development may be highly conserved during evolution. The development of respiratory rhythm generation in mammals may, therefore, reflect the antecedent mechanisms seen in ectothermic vertebrates. The main focus of this brief review is to discuss recent data on the development of respiratory rhythm generation in ectothermic vertebrates, with particular emphasis on the North American bullfrog (R. catesbeiana) as a model. PMID:15914099

Hedrick, Michael S

2005-11-15

407

An ab initio study of the thermoelectric enhancement potential in nano-grained TiNiSn.  

PubMed

Novel approaches for the development of highly efficient thermoelectric materials capable of a direct conversion of heat into electricity, are being constantly investigated. TiNiSn based half-Heusler alloys exhibit a high thermoelectric potential for practical, renewable power generation applications. The main challenge of further enhancement of the thermoelectric efficiency of these alloys lies in the reduction of the associated high lattice thermal conductivity values without adversely affecting the electronic transport properties. The current manuscript theoretically investigates two possible routes for overcoming this limitation in TiNiSn alloys. On the one hand, the influence of nano-grained structure of TiNiSn on the electronic structure of the material is theoretically demonstrated. On the other hand, the potential for thermal conductivity reduction upon increasing the Ni fraction in the intermetallic TiNiSn compound via the formation of metallic TiNi2Sn nanoparticles is also shown. Using the applied approach, a useful route for optimizing both the electronic and thermal properties of half-Heusler TiNiSn, for practical thermoelectric applications, is demonstrated. PMID:25123783

Kirievsky, K; Shlimovich, M; Fuks, D; Gelbstein, Y

2014-10-01

408

ZERO EMISSION POWER GENERATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT  

SciTech Connect

Clean Energy Systems (CES) was previously funded by DOE's ''Vision 21'' program. This program provided a proof-of-concept demonstration that CES' novel gas generator (combustor) enabled production of electrical power from fossil fuels without pollution. CES has used current DOE funding for additional design study exercises which established the utility of the CES-cycle for retrofitting existing power plants for zero-emission operations and for incorporation in zero-emission, ''green field'' power plant concepts. DOE funding also helped define the suitability of existing steam turbine designs for use in the CES-cycle and explored the use of aero-derivative turbines for advanced power plant designs. This work is of interest to the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum & Energy. California's air quality districts have significant non-attainment areas in which CES technology can help. CEC is currently funding a CES-cycle technology demonstration near Bakersfield, CA. The Norwegian government is supporting conceptual studies for a proposed 40 MW zero-emission power plant in Stavager, Norway which would use the CES-cycle. The latter project is called Zero-Emission Norwegian Gas (ZENG). In summary, current engineering studies: (1) supported engineering design of plant subsystems applicable for use with CES-cycle zero-emission power plants, and (2) documented the suitability and availability of steam turbines for use in CES-cycle power plants, with particular relevance to the Norwegian ZENG Project.

Ronald Bischoff; Stephen Doyle

2005-01-20

409

Direct measurements of thermoelectric properties of thin films and nanostructures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Dwindling energy reserves have created an urgent need for alternative energy sources. Measurement and development of new thermoelectric materials offer an opportunity to recycle the waste heat from energy consumption, transforming it into a viable energy source. Efforts to maximize the dimensionless figure-of-merit ZT rely on accurate and effective measurement techniques. The aim of this poster is to present the design of thermal isolation structures and the thermopower measurements made using these structures on thermoelectric thin films. The unique design of the micromachined structures allows us to make simultaneous measurements of thermopower ? and thermal conductivity k to calculate ZT. We will present the measurement platform design and results from our first measurements on devices with established thermoelectric properties. Finally we will discuss the growth of our first doped amorphous silicon thin films and their potential as an efficient new class of thermoelectric materials.

Sultan, Rubina; Avery, Azure; Zink, Barry

2008-10-01

410

Review of electronic transport models for thermoelectric materials  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thermoelectric devices have gained importance in recent years as viable solutions for applications such as spot cooling of electronic components, remote power generation in space stations and satellites etc. These solid-state devices have long been known for their reliability rather than their efficiency; they contain no moving parts, and their performance relies primarily on material selection, which has not generated

A. Bulusu; D. G. Walker

2008-01-01

411

Breaking the trade-off between thermal and electrical conductivities in the thermoelectric material of an artificially tilted multilayer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Breaking the trade-off between thermoelectric (TE) parameters has long been demanded in order to highly enhance its performance. Here, we report the `trade-off-free' interdependence between thermal conductivity (?) and resistivity (?) in a TE/metal tilted multilayer and significant enhancement of TE power generation based on the off-diagonal thermoelectric (ODTE) effect, which generates transverse electrical current in response to vertical thermal current. ? and ? can be simultaneously decreased by setting charge flow along more-electrically conductive layer and thermal flow across less-thermally conductive perpendicular direction by decreasing the tilting angle. Moreover, introducing porosity in the metal layer enables to decrease in ? without changing ?, because the macroscopic ? and ? of the tilted multilayer is respectively governed by the properties of the TE material and the metal with large dissimilarity. The obtained results reveal new strategies for developing trade-off-free TE materials, which will stimulate practical use of TE conversion for waste-heat recovery.

Sakai, Akihiro; Kanno, Tsutomu; Takahashi, Kouhei; Tamaki, Hiromasa; Kusada, Hideo; Yamada, Yuka; Abe, Hiroya

2014-08-01

412

Riverine ecosystem services and the thermoelectric sector: strategic issues facing the Northeastern United States  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Major strategic issues facing the global thermoelectric sector include environmental regulation, climate change and increasing electricity demand. We have addressed such issues by modeling thermoelectric generation in the Northeastern United States that is reliant on cooling under five sensitivity tests to evaluate losses/gains in power production, thermal pollution and suitable aquatic habitat, comparing the contemporary baseline (2000-2010) with potential future states. Integral to the analysis, we developed a methodology to quantify river water availability for cooling, which we define as an ecosystem service. Projected climate conditions reduce river water available for efficient power plant operations and the river's capacity to absorb waste heat, causing a loss of regional thermoelectric generation (RTG) (2.5%) in some summers that, compared to the contemporary baseline, is equal to the summertime electricity consumption of 1.3 million Northeastern US homes. Vulnerabilities to warm temperatures and thermal pollution can be alleviated through the use of more efficient natural gas (NG) power plants that have a reduced reliance on cooling water. Conversion of once-through (OT) to cooling tower (CT) systems and the Clean Water Act (CWA) temperature limit regulation, both of which reduce efficiencies at the single plant level, show potential to yield beneficial increases in RTG. This is achieved by obviating the need for large volumes of river water, thereby reducing plant-to-plant interferences through lowering the impact of upstream thermal pollution and preserving a minimum standard of cooling water. The results and methodology framework presented here, which can be extrapolated to other regional assessments with contrasting climates and thermoelectric profiles, can identify opportunities and support decision-making to achieve more efficient energy systems and riverine ecosystem protection.

Miara, A.; Vorosmarty, C. J.; Stewart, R.; Wollheim, W. M.; Rosenzweig, B.

2013-12-01

413

Riverine ecosystem services and the thermoelectric sector: strategic issues facing the Northeastern United States  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Major strategic issues facing the global thermoelectric sector include environmental regulation, climate change and increasing electricity demand. We have addressed such issues by modeling thermoelectric generation in the Northeastern United States that is reliant on cooling under five sensitivity tests to evaluate losses/gains in power production, thermal pollution and suitable aquatic habitat, comparing the contemporary baseline (2000-2010) with potential future states. Integral to the analysis, we developed a methodology to quantify river water availability for cooling, which we define as an ecosystem service. Projected climate conditions reduce river water available for efficient power plant operations and the river’s capacity to absorb waste heat, causing a loss of regional thermoelectric generation (RTG) (2.5%) in some summers that, compared to the contemporary baseline, is equal to the summertime electricity consumption of 1.3 million Northeastern US homes. Vulnerabilities to warm temperatures and thermal pollution can be alleviated through the use of more efficient natural gas (NG) power plants that have a reduced reliance on cooling water. Conversion of once-through (OT) to cooling tower (CT) systems and the Clean Water Act (CWA) temperature limit regulation, both of which reduce efficiencies at the single plant level, show potential to yield beneficial increases in RTG. This is achieved by obviating the need for large volumes of river water, thereby reducing plant-to-plant interferences through lowering the impact of upstream thermal pollution and preserving a minimum standard of cooling water. The results and methodology framework presented here, which can be extrapolated to other regional assessments with contrasting climates and thermoelectric profiles, can identify opportunities and support decision-making to achieve more efficient energy systems and riverine ecosystem protection.

Miara, Ariel; Vörösmarty, Charles J.; Stewart, Robert J.; Wollheim, Wilfred M.; Rosenzweig, Bernice

2013-06-01

414

Status report on the development of terrestrial solar generators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The goal of utilization of solar energy as a competitive power source to cover considerable portions of power demand can only be met if the cost expenditure for solar-electric devices is kept to a minimum. When designing power supply systems, the following sub-system areas have to be considered: (1) development of low cost Si-base material; (2) development of technologies for manufacturing solar cells from different new types of base material; (3) development of low-cost generator modules by integrating solar cells mechanically and electrically; and (4) development and/or stimulation of development of electronic power conditioning and energy storage sub-systems. The market for terrestrial solar generators is surveyed. To study long-term environmental effects a solar generator of 1 kW is being manufactured and a test program is being carried out. The planned activities in development of terrestrial solar generators at AEG-Telefunken within the next decade are surveyed.

Schmidt, E. F.

415

Revisiting Feynman's ratchet with thermoelectric transport theory.  

PubMed

We show how the formalism used for thermoelectric transport may be adapted to Smoluchowski's seminal thought experiment, also known as Feynman's ratchet and pawl system. Our analysis rests on the notion of useful flux, which for a thermoelectric system is the electrical current and for Feynman's ratchet is the effective jump frequency. Our approach yields original insight into the derivation and analysis of the system's properties. In particular we define an entropy per tooth in analogy with the entropy per carrier or Seebeck coefficient, and we derive the analog to Kelvin's second relation for Feynman's ratchet. Owing to the formal similarity between the heat fluxes balance equations for a thermoelectric generator (TEG) and those for Feynman's ratchet, we introduce a distribution parameter ? that quantifies the amount of heat that flows through the cold and hot sides of both heat engines. While it is well established that ? = 1/2 for a TEG, it is equal to 1 for Feynman's ratchet. This implies that no heat may be rejected in the cold reservoir for the latter case. Further, the analysis of the efficiency at maximum power shows that the so-called Feynman efficiency corresponds to that of an exoreversible engine, with ? = 1. Then, turning to the nonlinear regime, we generalize the approach based on the convection picture and introduce two different types of resistance to distinguish the dynamical behavior of the considered system from its ability to dissipate energy. We finally put forth the strong similarity between the original Feynman ratchet and a mesoscopic thermoelectric generator with a single conducting channel. PMID:25122257

Apertet, Y; Ouerdane, H; Goupil, C; Lecoeur, Ph

2014-07-01

416

Total thermoelectric-power withdrawals Freshwater thermoelectric-power withdrawals Saline-water thermoelectric-power withdrawals  

E-print Network

Total thermoelectric-power withdrawals Freshwater thermoelectric-power withdrawals Saline-water thermoelectric-power withdrawals Louisiana New Hampshire Florida Idaho Washington Oregon Nevada California New,000 9,000 to 13,000 Thermoelectric-power withdrawals by water quality and State, 2005. Estimated Use

417

Modeling Energy Recovery Using Thermoelectric Conversion Integrated with an Organic Rankine Bottoming Cycle  

SciTech Connect

Hot engine exhaust represents a resource that is often rejected to the environment without further utilization. This resource is most prevalent in the transportation sector, but stationary engine-generator systems also typically do not utilize this resource. Engine exhaust is a source of high grade thermal energy that can potentially be utilized by various approaches to produce electricity or to drive heating and cooling systems. This paper describes a model system that employs thermoelectric conversion as a topping cycle integrated with an organic Rankine bottoming cycle for waste heat utilization. This approach is being developed to fully utilize the thermal energy contained in hot exhaust streams. The model is composed of a high temperature heat exchanger which extracts thermal energy for driving the thermoelectric conversion elements. However, substantial sensible heat remains in the exhaust stream after emerging from the heat exchanger. The model incorporates a closely integrated bottoming cycle to utilize this remaining thermal energy in the exhaust stream. The model has many interacting parameters that define combined system quantities such as overall output power, efficiency, and total energy utilization factors. In addition, the model identifies a maximum power operating point for the system. That is, the model can identify the optimal amount of heat to remove from the exhaust flow to run through the thermoelectric elements. Removing too much or too little heat from the exhaust stream in this stage will reduce overall cycle performance. The model has been developed such that heat exchanger UAh values, thermal resistances, ZT values, and multiple thermoelectric elements can be investigated in the context of system operation. The model also has the ability to simultaneously determine the effect of each cycle design parameter on the performance of the overall system, thus giving the ability to utilize as much waste heat as possible. Key analysis results are presented showing the impact of critical design parameters on power output, system performance and inter-relationships between design parameters in governing performance.

Miller, Erik W.; Hendricks, Terry J.; Peterson, Richard B.

2009-07-01

418

Development and Test of a Prototype 100MVA Superconducting Generator  

SciTech Connect

In 2002, General Electric and the US Department of Energy (DOE) entered into a cooperative agreement for the development of a commercialized 100 MVA generator using high temperature superconductors (HTS) in the field winding. The intent of the program was to: • Identify and develop technologies that would be needed for such a generator. • Develop conceptual designs for generators with ratings of 100 MVA and higher using HTS technology. • Perform proof of concept tests at the 1.5 MW level for GE’s proprietary warm iron rotor HTS generator concept. • Design, build, and test a prototype of a commercially viable 100 MVA generator that could be placed on the power grid. This report summarizes work performed during the program and is provided as one of the final program deliverables.

Fogarty, James M.; Bray, James W.

2007-05-25

419

Barrier-based semiconductor thermoelectric devices  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A key barrier to the widespread use of thermoelectric technology is the low conversion efficiency, typically < ˜10% or about a fifth of the ideal Carnot efficiency, due to the low thermoelectric figure of merit ( ZT) values of near unity in currently available materials. The development of thermoelectrics with high ZT is being explored using new material families and low-dimensional material structures. One approach that can appreciably enhance the effective ZT values is the incorporation of a solid-state analog of a thermionic device in a device structure involving thermoelectric semiconductor materials. Introduction of thin (n*) emitter and p-type barrier layers on a thick weakly doped thermoelectric semiconductor material increases the device thermopower by a factor of 2--3 and the effective ZT values by a factor of 6--8 compared to the semiconductor material (solid-gap region) alone. This research focuses on improving our understanding of the effective thermopower enhancement by the introduction of a barrier through direct profiling of open-circuit voltage developed on the device at nanometer resolution through atomic-force microscopy. Direct profiling was carried out on samples with different barrier widths and heights and with multiple temperature gradients to gain understanding of open-circuit voltage and thermopower increase. Profiling was carried out on InSb- and PbTe-based devices with various emitter layers, and p-type barrier layer combinations fabricated using ion implantation and thin film deposition techniques. The device electrical and thermal measurements were also made using an electrical test bed built to measure open-circuit voltages and short-circuit current under different load conditions at different temperature differences between the two sides of the samples. The same samples fabricated for profiling by atomic force microscopy were used for device electrical characterization. Parallel solutions schemes were also developed as part of this work to solve for open-circuit voltage and thermopower across the barrier-based devices. Solution schemes involved solutions for electron current equations governing the thermoelectric and thermionic effects. For reducing time and resource requirements, a parallel processing scheme was used to study the barrier properties. Most of the solution scheme code was written on FORTRAN compilers using an Openmp parallelization scheme. The solution scheme results, although lower than experimental open-circuit voltage and thermopower data, were in broad agreement with their behavior in barrier regions and junctions.

Thimmegowda, Deepak

420

Quantum interference in thermoelectric molecular junctions: A toy model perspective  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum interference (QI) phenomena between electronic states in molecular circuits offer a new opportunity to design new types of molecular devices such as molecular sensors, interferometers, and thermoelectric devices. Controlling the QI effect is a key challenge for such applications. For the development of single molecular devices employing QI effects, a systematic study of the relationship between electronic structure and the quantum interference is needed. In order to uncover the essential topological requirements for the appearance of QI effects and the relationship between the QI-affected line shape of the transmission spectra and the electronic structures, we consider a homogeneous toy model where all on-site energies are identical and model four types of molecular junctions due to their topological connectivities. We systematically analyze their transmission spectra, density of states, and thermoelectric properties. Even without the degree of freedom for on-site energies an asymmetric Fano peak could be realized in the homogeneous systems with the cyclic configuration. We also calculate the thermoelectric properties of the model systems with and without fluctuation of on-site energies. Even under the fluctuation of the on-site energies, the finite thermoelectrics are preserved for the Fano resonance, thus cyclic configuration is promising for thermoelectric applications. This result also suggests the possibility to detect the cyclic configuration in the homogeneous systems and the presence of the QI features from thermoelectric measurements.

Nozaki, Daijiro; Avdoshenko, Stas M.; Sevinçli, Hâldun; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio

2014-08-01

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STRUCTURE ORIGIN OF THE ENHANCED THERMOELECTRIC POWER Today approximately 60% of the energy consumption in the US is lost, mostly through waste  

E-print Network

to significant energy savings. Many recent advances in thermoelectric materials are attributed to nanoscale thermoelectric performance. A prerequisite for understanding properties of these complex materials is an accurate for the development of advanced nanocomposite thermoelectric materials. Te Pb Sb Ag structural model with a supercell

Homes, Christopher C.

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Proceedings of the XVII International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Nagoya, Japan, May 24-29, 1998, p.298 Some Properties of Re2Te5-based Materials  

E-print Network

Te5-based materials for thermoelectric applications, we are currently exploring the synthesis for developing thermoelectric materials with superior figures of merit is to look at materials which canProceedings of the XVII International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Nagoya, Japan, May 24-29, 1998

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Understanding of the contact of nanostructured thermoelectric n-type Bi[subscript 2]Te[subscript 2.7]Se[subscript 0.3] legs for power generation applications  

E-print Network

Traditional processes of making contacts (metallization layer) onto bulk crystalline Bi2Te3-based materials do not work for nanostructured thermoelectric materials either because of weak bonding strength or an unstable ...

Liu, Weishu

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Dimensional Analysis of Thermoelectric Modules Under Constant Heat Flux  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermoelectric power generation is examined in the case of radiative heating. A constant heat flux is assumed in addition to consideration of the Seebeck effect, Peltier effect, and Joule heating with temperature-dependent material properties. Numerical evaluations are conducted using a combination of the finite-volume method and an original simultaneous solver for the heat transfer, thermoelectric, and electric transportation phenomena. Comparison with experimental results shows that the new solver could work well in the numerical calculations. The calculations predict that the Seebeck effect becomes larger for longer thermoelectric elements because of the larger temperature difference. The heat transfer to the cold surface is critical to determine the junction temperatures under a constant heat flux from the hot surface. The negative contribution from Peltier cooling and heating can be minimized when the current is smaller for longer elements. Therefore, a thicker TE module can generate more electric power even under a constant heat flux.

Suzuki, Ryosuke O.; Fujisaka, Takeyuki; Ito, Keita O.; Meng, Xiangning; Sui, Hong-Tao

2015-01-01

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A high-efficiency thermoelectric converter for space applications  

SciTech Connect

This paper presents a concept for using high-temperature superconducting materials in thermoelectric generators (SCTE) to produce electricity at conversion efficiencies approaching 50% of the Carrot efficiency. The SCTE generator is applicable to systems operating in temperature ranges of high-temperature superconducting materials and thus would be a low-grade converter. Operating in cryogenic temperature ranges provides the advantage of inherently increasing the limits of the Carrot efficiency. Potential applications are for systems operating in space where the ambient temperatures are in the cryogenic temperature range. The advantage of using high-temperature superconducting material in a thermoelectric converter is that it would significantly reduce or eliminate the Joule heating losses in a thermoelectric element. This paper investigates the system aspects and the material requirements of the SCTE converter concept, and presents a conceptual design and an application for a space power system.

Metzger, J.D. [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States); El-Genk, M.S. [New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Inst. for Space Nuclear Power Studies

1990-12-31

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A high-efficiency thermoelectric converter for space applications  

SciTech Connect

This paper presents a concept for using high-temperature superconducting materials in thermoelectric generators (SCTE) to produce electricity at conversion efficiencies approaching 50% of the Carrot efficiency. The SCTE generator is applicable to systems operating in temperature ranges of high-temperature superconducting materials and thus would be a low-grade converter. Operating in cryogenic temperature ranges provides the advantage of inherently increasing the limits of the Carrot efficiency. Potential applications are for systems operating in space where the ambient temperatures are in the cryogenic temperature range. The advantage of using high-temperature superconducting material in a thermoelectric converter is that it would significantly reduce or eliminate the Joule heating losses in a thermoelectric element. This paper investigates the system aspects and the material requirements of the SCTE converter concept, and presents a conceptual design and an application for a space power system.

Metzger, J.D. (Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)); El-Genk, M.S. (New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Inst. for Space Nuclear Power Studies)

1990-01-01

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Development of Next Generation micro-CHP System  

E-print Network

Development of Next Generation micro-CHP System Based on High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane of Next Generation micro-CHP System: Based on High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell of a micro-CHP (combined-heat-and- power) residential system based on HT-PEMFC (High Temperature

Berning, Torsten

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Nanocomposites of Semimetallic ErAs Nanoparticles Epitaxially Embedded within InGaAlAs-based Semiconductors for Thermoelectric Materials  

E-print Network

GaAlAs-based Semiconductors for Thermoelectric Materials J.M.O. Zide', G. Zeng2, J.H. Bahk2, W. Kim3, S. L. Singer3, D array based on these materials for thermoelectric power generation; a power density > 1 W/cm2 is demonstrated with a temperature gradient of 120°C. Solid-state thermionics Efficient thermoelectric materials

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Decoupling interrelated parameters for designing high performance thermoelectric materials.  

PubMed

The world's supply of fossil fuels is quickly being exhausted, and the impact of their overuse is contributing to both climate change and global political unrest. In order to help solve these escalating problems, scientists must find a way to either replace combustion engines or reduce their use. Thermoelectric materials have attracted widespread research interest because of their potential applications as clean and renewable energy sources. They are reliable, lightweight, robust, and environmentally friendly and can reversibly convert between heat and electricity. However, after decades of development, the energy conversion efficiency of thermoelectric devices has been hovering around 10%. This is far below the theoretical predictions, mainly due to the interdependence and coupling between electrical and thermal parameters, which are strongly interrelated through the electronic structure of the materials. Therefore, any strategy that balances or decouples these parameters, in addition to optimizing the materials' intrinsic electronic structure, should be critical to the development of thermoelectric technology. In this Account, we discuss our recently developed strategies to decouple thermoelectric parameters for the synergistic optimization of electrical and thermal transport. We first highlight the phase transition, which is accompanied by an abrupt change of electrical transport, such as with a metal-insulator and semiconductor-superionic conductor transition. This should be a universal and effective strategy to optimize the thermoelectric performance, which takes advantage of modulated electronic structure and critical scattering across phase transitions to decouple the power factor and thermal conductivity. We propose that solid-solution homojunction nanoplates with disordered lattices are promising thermoelectric materials to meet the "phonon glass electron crystal" approach. The formation of a solid solution, coupled with homojunctions, allows for synergistically enhanced thermoelectric properties. This occurs through a significant reduction of thermal conductivity, without the deterioration of thermopower and electrical conductivity. In addition, we introduce the concept of spin entropy in wide band gap semiconductor nanocrystals, which acts to fully disentangle the otherwise interconnected quantities for synergistically optimized thermoelectric performance. Finally, we discuss a new concept we developed that is based on an ultrathin-nanosheet composite that we fabricated from ultrathin nanosheets of atomic thickness. These retain the original strong two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) and allow for decoupled optimization of the three thermoelectric parameters, which improves thermoelectric performance. PMID:24517646

Xiao, Chong; Li, Zhou; Li, Kun; Huang, Pengcheng; Xie, Yi

2014-04-15

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Compact thermoelectric converter systems technology  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A schematic of the developed tubular thermoelectric module is shown. It consists of alternate washers of n- and p-type lead telluride, separated by thin natural mica washers. Electrical continuity within the circuit is accomplished by cylindrical conductor rings located at the I.D. and O.D. of the lead telluride washers. The conductor rings are also separated by the same mica which separate the lead telluride washers. The result is a radially serpentine current path along the length of the module. The circuit is isolated from the structural claddings by thin sleeves of boron nitride. Circuit containment and heat transfer surfaces are provided by the inner and outer cladding, heat being transferred from a heat source at the inner clad, conducted radially outward through the lead telluride to the outer clad where the waste heat is removed by a heat rejection system.

1973-01-01

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Thermoelectric magnetic flows in melt during directional solidification  

SciTech Connect

Thermoelectric magnetic (TEM) flows in melts, which are generated by TEM forces in liquids, were uncovered by the shape evolution of the planar solid/liquid interface during directional solidification. The solid/liquid interface developing from an initially tilted shape to a nearly flat one has been in situ and real-time observed by means of synchrotron X-ray radiography. The corresponding numerical 3D simulations and velocity measurements of flows in the melt confirm that TEM flows exist and respond to this interface shape change. This observation provides visible evidence for TEM flows in melt and their influence on the solid/liquid interface dynamics when directional solidification is conducted in a magnetic field.

Wang, J., E-mail: jiang.wang@manchester.ac.uk, E-mail: Yves.Fautrelle@simap.grenoble-inp.fr [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, 200072 Shanghai (China); SIMAP/EPM–Madylam, 1130 rue de la Piscine BP 75 ENSEEG, 38402 St-Martin d'Heres (France); Fautrelle, Y., E-mail: jiang.wang@manchester.ac.uk, E-mail: Yves.Fautrelle@simap.grenoble-inp.fr [SIMAP/EPM–Madylam, 1130 rue de la Piscine BP 75 ENSEEG, 38402 St-Martin d'Heres (France); Ren, Z. M.; Li, X. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, 200072 Shanghai (China); Nguyen-Thi, H.; Salloum Abou Jaoude, G.; Reinhart, G.; Mangelinck-Noël, N. [Aix Marseille University, Campus Saint-Jerome, Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); CNRS, IM2NP, Campus Saint-Jerome, Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); Kaldre, I. [Institute of Physics, University of Latvia, Miera 32, LV-2169 Salaspils (Latvia)

2014-03-24

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An inconvenient truth about thermoelectrics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Despite recent advances, thermoelectric energy conversion will never be as efficient as steam engines. That means thermoelectrics will remain limited to applications served poorly or not at all by existing technology. Bad news for thermoelectricians, but the climate crisis requires that we face bad news head on.

Vining, Cronin B.

2009-02-01

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High performance thermoelectric nanocomposite device  

DOEpatents

A thermoelectric device includes a nanocomposite material with nanowires of at least one thermoelectric material having a predetermined figure of merit, the nanowires being formed in a porous substrate having a low thermal conductivity and having an average pore diameter ranging from about 4 nm to about 300 nm.

Yang, Jihui (Lakeshore, CA); Snyder, Dexter D. (Birmingham, MI)

2011-10-25

434

New Perspectives in Thermoelectric Energy Recovery System Design Optimization  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is highly desirable to develop technologies that recover the large amounts of waste heat generated worldwide in industrial processes, automotive transportation, diesel engine exhaust, military generators, and incinerators to increase fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 production and the environmental footprint of these applications. Recent work has investigated new thermoelectric (TE) materials and systems that can operate at higher performance levels and show a viable pathway to lightweight, small-form-factor, advanced thermoelectric generator (TEG) systems to recover waste heat in many of these applications. New TE materials include nanocomposite materials such as lead-antimony-silver-telluride (LAST) and lead-antimony-silver-tin-telluride (LASTT) compounds. These new materials have created opportunities for high-performance, segmented-element TE devices. New higher-performance TE devices segmenting LAST/LASTT materials with bismuth telluride have been designed and fabricated. Sectioned TEG systems using these new TE devices and materials have been designed. Integrated heat exchanger/TE device system analyses of sectioned TE system designs have been performed, creating unique efficiency-power maps that provide better understanding and comparisons of design tradeoffs and nominal and off-nominal system performance conditions. New design perspectives and mathematical foundations in optimization of sectioned TE design approaches are discussed that provide insight on how to optimize such sectioned TE systems. System performance analyses using ANSYS® TE modeling capabilities have integrated heat exchanger performance models with ANSYS® TE models to extend its analysis capabilities beyond simple constant hot-side and cold-side temperature conditions. Analysis results portray external resistance effects, matched load conditions, and maximum power versus maximum efficiency points simultaneously, and show that maximum TE power occurs at external resistances slightly greater than the TE module internal resistances in these systems. Mathematical relationships are given providing the foundation for this phenomenon.

Hendricks, Terry J.; Karri, Naveen K.; Hogan, Tim P.; Cauchy, Charles J.

2013-07-01

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Thermoelectric AC power sensor by CMOS technology  

Microsoft Academic Search

The authors report the development of a thermoelectric AC power sensor (thermoconverter) realized by industrial CMOS IC technology in combination with postprocessing micromachining. The sensor is based on a polysilicon heating resistor and a polysilicon\\/aluminum thermopile integrated on an oxide microbridge. The thermopile sensitivity is 9.9 mV\\/mW and the burn-out power of the sensor is 50 mW. The time constant

Dominik Jaeggi; Henry Baltes; David Moser

1992-01-01

436

Study of solar-assisted thermoelectric technology for automobile air conditioning  

Microsoft Academic Search

An analytical study was conducted to determine the feasibility of employing solar energy assisted thermoelectric (TE) cooling technology in automobile air conditioners. The study addressed two key issues -- power requirements and availability of thermoelectric materials. In this paper a mathematical model was developed to predict the performance of TE air conditioners and to analyze power consumption. Results show that

V. C. Mei; F. C. Chen; B. Mathiprakasam; P. Heenan

1993-01-01

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Temperature-dependent elastic moduli of lead telluride-based thermoelectric materials  

SciTech Connect

This study provides the first measurements of the temperature dependence of Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio for Ag-, Sb-, Sn-, and S- doped PbTe thermoelectric materials between room temperature and 723 K. Specimens cut from both cast ingots and hot pressed billets were included in the study. A critical potential application of these materials is as thermoelectric generators, producing electrical energy from waste heat. Knowledge of the elastic moduli as a function of temperature is essential for the design of thermoelectric generators since both analytical and Finite Element stress calculations require knowledge of the temperature-dependence of these properties.

Ren, Fei [Michigan State University, East Lansing; Case, Eldon D [Michigan State University, East Lansing; Ni, Jennifer E. [Michigan State University, East Lans