White Paper: Electronics & Computers

Peltier 'Affects' Autonomous Vehicle Design


Coined the “PELTIER EFFECT” after its discoverer, Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, thermoelectric cooling has been utilized in marketable products for decades. Such products have a history of being used in “new” applications. In the 1970s, thermoelectric elements were cooling components in NASA space shuttles. In the 1980s and 1990s, telecommunications and automation control cabinets had a booming need for thermoelectric cooling. The 21st century has tapped thermoelectric cooling to support R&D work, laboratory research, and industrial processes which require extended temperature ranges and improved accuracy. Autonomous vehicle engineering is no exception. This industry is new, quickly growing, and it has utilized thermoelectric cooling products for the past five years. Why is Peltier cooling so useful for autonomous vehicle engineering? This paper will explore thermoelectric technology and its specific applications related to the developing autonomous vehicles market.

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