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PES2020-Prosj.etabl.støtte H2020

Extended in-service life of scalable functional materials for sustainable energy harvesting with thermoelectric technology

Tildelt: kr 49 999

Increasing energy efficiency is a real challenge for society and the industry and the subject of advanced functional materials is recognized as a top priority in providing technological solutions for a sustainable energy future. Functional materials constitute already a significant element of worldwide research efforts in a number of areas of activity including solar energy materials for converting solar radiation into electricity and chemical fuels, hydrogen storage materials and materials for thermoelectric (TE) energy harvesting via the direct recovery of waste heat and its conversion into useful electrical energy. In particular, the prospects for industrial applications of TE materials are generating increased activity in this field by demanding materials with sustainable scale-up potential. EuroTEG is fully committed to contribute to this important R&D endeavour and it will deliver new, affordable, robust and transformational thermoelectric technology for real-world industrial applications. This will be achieved by investigating the extended in-service life of advanced thermoelectric materials with demonstrated enhanced performance and that are relatively cheap, widely available, non-toxic, lightweight, practicable in size, vibration-tolerant and scalable. The core concept of the EuroTEG project revolves around investigating the extended in-service life of thermoelectric materials with characteristics of sustainable scalability for integration into proof-of-concept TE modules. This class of functional materials would have the following characteristics: -Demonstrated TE performance for both n-type and p-type doped material; -Abundant with low abiotic depletion potential (ADP); -Non-toxic and potential compliance with REACH and RoHS obligations; -Operational in the temperature range 300-550ºC, important for waste heat recovery; -High chemical stability, corrosion resistance and mechanical strength; -Low raw material cost combined with low manufacturing cost


PES2020-Prosj.etabl.støtte H2020