Thermoelectrics

Thermoelectrics are materials that can generate electricity from the application of a temperature gradient, or vice versa, through the thermoelectric effect. By exploiting this coupling between thermal and electrical properties, thermoelectric devices can be made that carry heat from a cold to a hot side (refrigeration) or that generate electricity from heat flows.

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  • News and Views |

    Thermoelectric devices convert heat flows into electricity. Researchers recently demonstrated that thermoelectric materials can be produced in good quality by 3D printing, enabling a low-cost production process in the near future.

    • Jan D. Koenig
    Nature Energy 3, 259-260
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    One third of industrial processes occur at high temperatures above 1300 K, but current methods of waste heat recovery at these temperatures are limited. Now, reduced graphene oxide is shown to be a highly efficient and reliable thermoelectric material up to 3000 K.

    • Gabi Schierning
    Nature Energy 3, 92-93