Thermoelectric Materials
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Date: 7/1/93    Record No.: 10005
Contact: Joseph Farmer, 510-423-6574; Jeff Wadsworth, 510-423-2184

Thermoelectric Materials
Thermoelectric power generation and cooling has always been limited to very specialized applications, due to low efficiency and high cost. Very recent theoretical work (paper to be published soon) indicates the possiblity of a new class of devices based on new materials and very thin multi layers, with dramatically enhanced figures of merit that would make them competitive. At the stage of basic R&D, first application of interest is cooling of electric vehicles. LNLL has a relationship with MITand a company that is developing solid state replacements for alternators on truck diesels (which use waste exhaust heat).