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Thermoelectrics for high temperatures: A survey of state of the art

: Böttner, H.


Yang, J. ; Materials Research Society -MRS-:
Materials and devices for thermal-to-electric energy conversion : Symposium held April 13 - 17, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.; Symposium N, "Materials and Devices for Thermal-to-Electric Energy Conversion," held ... at the 2009 MRS spring meeting
Warrendale, Pa.: MRS, 2009 (Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 1166)
ISBN: 978-1-605-11139-1
Symposium N "Materials and Devices for Thermal-to-Electric Energy Conversion" <2009, San Francisco/Calif.>
Materials Research Society (Spring Meeting) <2009, San Francisco/Calif.>
Fraunhofer IPM ()
thermoelectric; power generation; green energy

A survey of state of the art of the development of high temperature materials is presented and will be discussed in comparison to the situation in the 1990th. An attempt will be made to assess the state of the art of the materials thermoelectric properties, their technical level, and possible potential for standardized device technology. Also a first assessment based on current commodity prices for some important thermoelectric compounds will be made. As a roundup advantages and drawbacks for some classical and upcoming compounds will be given. The main challenges, which will have to be overcome to finally enable thermoelectric power generation as a recycling technology of nomadic energy, will be summarized. As a result, thermoelectrics should play an important role in the field of green energies.