See attached revision for 2013 only
Today, about 60 percent of the primary energy production is never utilized. Most of this energy is rejected as waste heat, the electricity generation sector being the largest contributor closely followed by the transp ortation sector and industry. As an example, more than 60 percent of the energy that goes into an automotive combustion cycle is lost, primarily to waste heat through the exhaust or radiator system.
Thermoelectricity is a promising source of electric pow er, thanks to its ability to locally scavenge energy by converting a heat flow into electricity when placing a thermoelectric device in a persistent thermal gradient. Even with a modest conversion yield, this would have huge benefits. As a consequence, ma ny applications are being imagined for local energy production by the thermoelectric effect thanks to local heat leakages. Examples are exhaust heat recovery in cars and trucks, waste heat recovery in land based industry, waste heat recovery in off-shore industry and on ships and power generation in aeronautic and space applications.
TEGma AS is a new company, established by Scatec AS in 2012. The business idea of TEGma is to produce high temperature thermoelectric materials of high efficiency and by thi s to bring a new generation of thermoelectric generators to the market. Through this project, TEGma aims to develop a industrially scaleable process for production of thermoelectric materials to the new emerging waste heat recovery technologies within aut omotive and process industry.
TEGma's team with expertise in the field of industrial development in the relevant technological fields will cooperate with Sintef and the University of Agder as research partners in the project. The project will also collab orate with other national and foreign research institutions as University of Oslo (Dept. of Chemistry) and German Aerospace Center in Cologne.