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Stay up to date the latest developments in thermoelectric power generators (TEG). Design engineers will find essential technical briefs and trending applications for thermoelectric power generators (TEG).

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Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Thin-Film System Converts Heat from Electronics into Energy
Thin-Film System Converts Heat from Electronics into Energy

Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States each year is wasted as heat. Much of that heat is less than 100 °C and emanates from things like computers, cars, or...

Thin-Film System Converts Heat from Electronics into Energy
Briefs : Propulsion
Achieving Carbon Footprint Reduction with Flywheel Technology
Achieving Carbon Footprint Reduction with Flywheel Technology

Recent technical advances have enabled flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) to become more compact and able to support higher-power applications. Due to their proven...

Achieving Carbon Footprint Reduction with Flywheel Technology
Briefs : Materials
Flexible, Spinning Heat Shield for Spacecraft
Flexible, Spinning Heat Shield for Spacecraft

Heat shields are essentially used as the brakes to stop spacecraft from burning up and crashing on entry and reentry into a planet's atmosphere. Current spacecraft heat shield methods include...

Flexible, Spinning Heat Shield for Spacecraft
On-Demand Webinars : Energy
Removing Thermal Bottlenecks with Passive Thermal Management Tools and Tactics
Removing Thermal Bottlenecks with Passive Thermal Management Tools and Tactics

As device power levels increase and foot prints decrease, Design Engineers are facing increasingly difficult thermal management challenges. This webinar will...

Removing Thermal Bottlenecks with Passive Thermal Management Tools and Tactics
Blog : Energy
A 'Solid' Idea for Powering Spacecraft: Thermoacoustics
A 'Solid' Idea for Powering Spacecraft: Thermoacoustics
Researchers from Purdue University demonstrated that thermoacoustics properties could theoretically occur in solids as well as liquids.
A 'Solid' Idea for Powering Spacecraft: Thermoacoustics
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Thermal Energy Storage and Monitoring
Thermal Energy Storage and Monitoring

Water heaters and other thermal energy storage devices increase the temperature of a medium above an ambient or normal temperature, and store the warmer medium. Water heaters, in particular, must store...

Thermal Energy Storage and Monitoring
INSIDER : Energy
System Draws Power from Daily Temperature Swings to Produce Electricity
System Draws Power from Daily Temperature Swings to Produce Electricity

Thermoelectric devices generate power when one side of the device is a different temperature from the other. Instead of requiring two different temperature inputs at the...

System Draws Power from Daily Temperature Swings to Produce Electricity
Question of the Week : Energy
Will low-cost 'smart glass' catch on?

Our second INSIDER story today featured an achievement from University of Delaware engineers: liquid-activated panels that change from transparent to opaque.

Briefs : Propulsion
Flexible, Gravity-Fed Heat Pipe
Flexible, Gravity-Fed Heat Pipe

The advent of cryocooler technology ushers in an era where a cryogenic environment is created and maintained locally. It is no longer necessary to transport cryogen from a factory where it is produced to the...

Flexible, Gravity-Fed Heat Pipe
Articles : Energy
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution

Revolutionary changes are driving the mobility industry forward. Explore the next generation of transportation engineering at SAE’s WCX: World Congress Experience from April 10-12 in Detroit, MI....

SAE WCX Preview: Experience the Evolution
Briefs : Energy
Cryo-Fluid Capacitor (CFC) for Solid-State Storage and Supply-on-Demand of Cryogenic Fluids

Storage and transfer of fluid commodities such as oxygen, hydrogen, natural gas, nitrogen, argon, etc. are absolute necessities in virtually every industry. These fluids are typically contained in one of two ways: as low-pressure cryogenic liquids, or as...

Briefs : Energy
Wearable Solar Thermoelectric Generator
Wearable Solar Thermoelectric Generator

Energy harvesting is a diverse field encompassing many technologies that involve a process that captures small amounts of energy that would otherwise be lost as heat, light, sound, vibration, or...

Wearable Solar Thermoelectric Generator
Briefs : Energy
Superalloy Surface Treatment for Improved Performance of Power Turbines

To produce power more efficiently and cleanly, the next generation of power turbines will have to operate at extreme temperatures and pressures. Currently, single-crystal, nickel-based superalloys are used in such extreme environments. MCrAlY coatings (where M = Co, Ni, or...

Q&A : Energy
Q&A: Dr. Shannon Yee, Assistant Professor of Heat Transfer, Combustion, and Energy Systems at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Using flexible conducting polymers and novel circuitry patterns printed on paper, researchers in Dr. Lee’s laboratory have demonstrated proof-of-concept wearable thermoelectric generators that can harvest...

News : Energy
A Piezoelectric Highway? Engineers Take Another Test Drive
A Piezoelectric Highway? Engineers Take Another Test Drive

Researchers from Lancaster University are looking to pave the next generation of smart road surfaces — with piezoelectric ceramics. When embedded in road surfaces, the tiles...

A Piezoelectric Highway? Engineers Take Another Test Drive
INSIDER : Energy
New Device Harnesses Heat to Power Computers
New Device Harnesses Heat to Power Computers

One of the biggest problems with computers is keeping them cool so they don’t overheat. University of Nebraska–Lincoln engineers developed an alternative energy source that would allow...

New Device Harnesses Heat to Power Computers
News : Energy
Lightweight, Wearable Device Converts Body Heat to Electricity

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics.

News : Materials
New Solar Material Releases Heat on Demand

A layer-by-layer film developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could harvest sunlight and release heat on demand hours or days later.

Briefs : Materials
White, Electrically Conductive, Radiation-Stable, Thermal Control Coating

A highly reflective, white conductive coating system was developed using a layered approach with a combination of commercially available white conductive pigments within a conductive binder system. The top coating is a space-stable, radiation-resistant, highly reflective...

News : Electronics & Computers
Device Uses Temperature Differences to Create Electrical Charge

Power Felt is a new thermoelectric device developed by researchers at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University. By touching a small piece, body heat is converted into an electrical current.

Products : Energy
Boost Converter with Battery Management for Energy Harvesting

The bq25504 from Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) is an integrated energy harvesting nanopower management solution for ultra low power applications. The boost converter is designed to efficiently acquire and manage the microwatts to miliwatts of power generated from a variety of DC...

News : Materials
A Search Engine for Clean Energy Materials

For everything from batteries to photovoltaics, new materials are crucial to building a clean energy economy. To speed up the development cycle, Berkeley Lab and MIT researchers have teamed up to develop a new tool - called the Materials Project - which launches this month.

Products : Energy
Thermal Energy Harvesting Enables Wireless Sensor Deployment

Marlow Industries (Dallas, TX) has introduced the EverGen series of thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices, offering a zero-maintenance power solution for wireless sensor applications. EverGen thermal energy harvesters power wireless sensors without a battery, reducing...

News : Energy
Unusual Effect May Lead to More Efficient Thermoelectric Devices
Unusual Effect May Lead to More Efficient Thermoelectric Devices

Berkeley Lab scientists have found that temperature gradients in semiconductors, when one side of the device is hotter than the opposite side, can produce electronic vortices...

Unusual Effect May Lead to More Efficient Thermoelectric Devices
News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Capturing and Using Waste Heat from Cars, Factories, and Power Plants
Capturing and Using Waste Heat from Cars, Factories, and Power Plants

New technology is being developed at Oregon State University to capture and use the low-to-medium grade waste heat from automobiles, diesel generators, or factories and...

Capturing and Using Waste Heat from Cars, Factories, and Power Plants
News : Energy
Neutron Analysis Explains Dynamics Behind Thermoelectric Materials
Neutron Analysis Explains Dynamics Behind Thermoelectric Materials

Neutron analysis of the atomic dynamics behind thermal conductivity is helping scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) gain a deeper...

Neutron Analysis Explains Dynamics Behind Thermoelectric Materials