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Title: The potential impact of ZT=4 thermoelectric materials on solar thermal energy conversion technologies.

Abstract

State-of-the-art methodologies for the conversion of solar thermal power to electricity are based on conventional electromagnetic induction techniques. If appropriate ZT = 4 thermoelectric materials were available, it is likely that conversion efficiencies of 30-40% could be achieved. The availability of all solid state electricity generation would be a long awaited development in part because of the elimination of moving parts. This paper presents a preliminary examination of the potential performance of ZT = 4 power generators in comparison with Stirling engines taking into account specific mass, volume and cost as well as system reliability. High-performance thermoelectrics appear to have distinct advantages over magnetic induction technologies.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
993385
Report Number(s):
ANL/MDS/JA-65853
Journal ID: 0022-3654; TRN: US201023%%318
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
J. Phys. Chem. B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: Mar. 2, 2010
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AVAILABILITY; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY CONVERSION; INDUCTION; PERFORMANCE; RELIABILITY; STIRLING ENGINES; THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS

Citation Formats

Xie, M., Gruen, D. M., Materials Science Division, and Michigan Technological Univ. The potential impact of ZT=4 thermoelectric materials on solar thermal energy conversion technologies.. United States: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.1021/jp9117387.
Xie, M., Gruen, D. M., Materials Science Division, & Michigan Technological Univ. The potential impact of ZT=4 thermoelectric materials on solar thermal energy conversion technologies.. United States. doi:10.1021/jp9117387.
Xie, M., Gruen, D. M., Materials Science Division, and Michigan Technological Univ. Tue . "The potential impact of ZT=4 thermoelectric materials on solar thermal energy conversion technologies.". United States. doi:10.1021/jp9117387.
@article{osti_993385,
title = {The potential impact of ZT=4 thermoelectric materials on solar thermal energy conversion technologies.},
author = {Xie, M. and Gruen, D. M. and Materials Science Division and Michigan Technological Univ.},
abstractNote = {State-of-the-art methodologies for the conversion of solar thermal power to electricity are based on conventional electromagnetic induction techniques. If appropriate ZT = 4 thermoelectric materials were available, it is likely that conversion efficiencies of 30-40% could be achieved. The availability of all solid state electricity generation would be a long awaited development in part because of the elimination of moving parts. This paper presents a preliminary examination of the potential performance of ZT = 4 power generators in comparison with Stirling engines taking into account specific mass, volume and cost as well as system reliability. High-performance thermoelectrics appear to have distinct advantages over magnetic induction technologies.},
doi = {10.1021/jp9117387},
journal = {J. Phys. Chem. B},
number = Mar. 2, 2010,
volume = 114,
place = {United States},
year = {2010},
month = {3}
}