We propose to harvest thermal energy by letting a heat flow charge a supercapacitor, or
eventually a battery, with the so-called ionic thermoelectric effect. The resulting device, called the ionic thermoelectric supercapacitor (ITESC), combines the functions of a thermoelectric generator and a supercapacitor. The ITESC could store electrical charge and the energy could then be used by discharging the device at a later time. The ITESC is truly scalable since the materials we use are composed of abundant atomic elements. Hence, large area ITESCs could be combined with a product to boost the total efficiency of the device.
Power-train development for transport has undergone significant changes with the progressive entry of hybrid and electric vehicles into commercial fleets. With the addition of a SeebeckCell thermoelectric device, electric vehicles will be able to solve the range and performance issues that have been hindering them for years.
RADIOISOTOPE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR (RTG)
Our Radioisotope Thermoelectric generator (RTG) is very adaptable for space and terrestrial applications due to its high specific energy, high reliability, and maintenance-free design. The generator uses a radioisotope heat source to provide a steady, long-lasting temperature differential. This heat source is combined with our liquid-based thermoelectric modules to convert heat to electricity.
BIOMEDICAL & WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
For consumer-based electronics, IoT, and sensor networks, energy scavenging options are of interest in prolonging battery life or even dispensing with batteries all together. In applications where self-powering sensors are needed, then the existence of a temperature gradient, large or small, can be sufficient to power periodic or continuous data transmission for a wide range of uses, including the fast-growing homecare
sector and will be exploited in the medical sector.
INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE VEHICLES
For the conventional internal combustion engine, new legislations are forcing manufacturers to look for new ways of improving fuel economy such as the use of thermoelectric generators for utilizing waste heat.