Superconducting thermoelectric generator

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An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two ... continued below

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Metzger, J.D. & El-Genk, M.S. January 1, 1996.

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An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two materials establishes an electrical potential related to the magnitude of the temperature gradient. The superconducting material carries the resulting electrical current at zero resistivity, thereby eliminating resistive losses. The elimination of resistive losses significantly increases the conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric device.

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OSTI as DE98007411

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  • Other: DE98007411
  • Report No.: PATENTS-US--A8732945
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 663329
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc709580

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Metzger, J.D. & El-Genk, M.S. Superconducting thermoelectric generator, text, January 1, 1996; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc709580/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.