Dispenser Printed Thermoelectric Energy Generators

Thermoelectric energy generators are attractive as potential energy harvesters for converting waste thermal energy into electrical power. Optimized thermoelectric device designs require large density arrays of high aspect ratio elements currently unachievable with common manufacturing technologies. This work presents both a unique direct-write dispenser printing technique and novel polymer-composite thermoelectric materials for fabrication of optimized thermoelectric devices. Initial composite materials and prototypes show the proposed method as a promising low-cost, scalable method for manufacturing of thermoelectric energy generators.

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