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Thermoelectric Materials Based on Tetrahedrite Structure for the Thermoelectric Devices

IntroductionGrowing concern with energy independence and sustainability has initiated research into methods that can help to increase energy efficiency. One method, thermoelectric devices, converts waste heat from current processes into energy. These devices take advantage of a temperature gradient across the device, creating a voltage from the temperature...
Published: 11/20/2015   |   Inventor(s): Donald Morelli, Xu Lu, Vidvuds Ozolins
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Energy

Natural Mineral Tetrahedrite as a Direct Source of Thermoelectric Materials

IntroductionThermoelectric (TE) materials make possible the direct conversion of waste heat into electricity, potentially improving energy efficiency or providing an alternative energy source. TE materials experience the thermoelectric effect, whereby voltage is generated when there is a temperature gradient within the material. Since 1995, advances...
Published: 4/9/2014   |   Inventor(s): Donald Morelli, Xu Lu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Energy, Electrical, Materials