Power generation from thermoelectric system-embedded Plexiglas for green building technology
KAUST DepartmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Integrated Nanotechnology Lab
Electrical Engineering Program
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AbstractThermoelectric materials embedded through or inside exterior glass windows can act as a viable source of supplemental power in geographic locations where hot weather dominates. This thermoelectricity is generated because of the thermal difference between the high temperature outside and the relatively cold temperature inside. Using physical vapor deposition process, we experimentally verify this concept by embedding bismuth telluride and antimony telluride through the 5 mm Plexiglas to demonstrate 10 nW of thermopower generation with a temperature gradient of 21 °C. Albeit tiny at this point with non-optimized design and development, this concept can be extended for relatively large-scale power generation as an additional power supply for green building technology.
CitationInayat SB, Hussain MM (2013) Power generation from thermoelectric system-embedded Plexiglas for green building technology. Appl Nanosci 3: 335-342. doi:10.1007/s13204-012-0139-z.
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media