Printed Thermoelectric Generators


The aim of this work is to design a printed thermoelectric generator to scavenge waste heat off of virtually any hot surface. Previous studies conducted in this lab produced novel techniques for printing both the p-type and n-type materials that, once subject to a temperature gradient, produce a voltage. The process consists of producing and printing slurries of thermoelectric material via a dispenser printer onto flexible substrates. It has been proven that the performance of these thermoelectric modules is promising. Thus a small, printable generator was designed to be easily integrated with the radiator of a vehicle. In addition it will be taken into consideration how the design of the device can be adapted to larger-scale energy thermal energy harvesting in automotive or industrial applications.

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