Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials


Thermoelectric (TE) power generators (TEGs) are used to convert thermal energy directly into electrical energy. Therefore, thermoelectric power generation is believed to be among key technologies that will allow harnessing of large amounts of waste heat produced in steel and automotive industries. Currently used TEGs have limited conversion efficiency and don’t have capacity to penetrate these highly important industry sectors. Nevertheless, thermoelectric power generators are already successfully used for waste heat energy recovery or for pure power generation in some of the niche fields, such as space applications, scientific equipment and facilities, and lasers. With increasing demand on clean energy sources and advancing thermoelectric technology/materials, the use of thermoelectric devices is becoming more prominent owing to their long lifetime, high reliability, and silent operation.