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January 17, 2008



Assuming this stuff can lead to real products, this could be very interesting. A real product would have some important specifications:
(1) For a given application thermodynamic efficiency. A perfect heat engine would provide usable energy of (T1-T0)/T1. What fraction of this is obtainable by thermoelectric means.
(2) Of course cost, size, weight, lifetime, and ruggedness are also important aspects.
(3) For many applications, how much heat per unit area can be absorbed would be important.
If all three of these areas were addressed there would be many uses. Mostly they could be used to improve the efficiency of current devices. One example would be an ICE auto engine (such as in a hybrid electric vehicle). If the ICE was twenty percent efficient, and a ten percent efficient thermoelectric generator were applied to all the waste heat, then total efficiency could be increased to 28%.
I suspect this stuff is just gee-wiz lab results at this point.


if you have underwear made with this stuff then you could always charge any number of gadgets on your person


If a thermoelectric practical outside a few niche applications is developed, the first products I would expect to see it in are refrigeration systems. Run backwards, a thermoelectric is a no-moving-parts heat pump.

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Does anyone know of specific uses in place today? It has beed a while since this was posted, so maybe there is more info on it?

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Wow how amazing that we could potentially use human body heat!

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