Ceramic High Temperature Thermoelectric Heat Exchanger and Heat Recuperators in the Power Generation Systems


Thermoelectric Unicouple
Thermoelectric Unicouple
West Virginia University Research Corporation
Website:  West Virginia University Research Corporation
Award Number:  FE0024009
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 03/31/2018
Total Award Value:  $627,160
DOE Share:  $499,981
Performer Share:  $127,179
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology:  High Performance Materials
Location:  Morgantown, West Virginia

Project Description

This project will develop compact and highly efficient all-oxide ceramic thermoelectric (TE) generators to work as compact heat exchanger and simultaneously recover the high temperature waste heat from high temperature power systems such as solid oxide fuel cells.

Project Benefits

With the combination of enhanced performance of oxide materials and the innovative designs of TE generators, the proposed all-oxide TE device will potentially over-perform the state-of-the-art TE materials that are made of conventional metallic or semiconductor materials for high temperature applications. Overall, the TE devices proposed in this project will be highly efficient, lightweight, reduced in size, highly stable in air at high temperatures, and non-toxic, for powering sensors at temperatures in the 600-980 degrees Celsius range. In addition, the new devices will be easy to fabricate and thus will facilitate mass production with a high potential for use in large-scale operations.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Richard Dunst: richard.dunst@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Briggs White: briggs.white@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Xueyan Song: xueyan.song@mail.wvu.edu

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