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This project seeds from RIT's desire to develop internal talent with regards to sustainable energy. As an emerging leader of technology, RIT hopes to become familiar with tomorrow's technology and ultimately develop next generation novel materials for use in this new realm of sustainable energy. P08451, Feasibility of Heat Recovery on Large Scale Systems, is the third project in the TE family of projects that began winter 2006 (2006-2). The first project, P07441 Thermo-Electric Module Test Stand, created a test stand and helped build an understanding of this technology through the characterization of commercially available TE modules. The second project, P07442 Thermo-Electric Demo Device, created a test bed to model automotive exhaust for future use in the exploration of TE heat exchangers used in waste heat recovery and power generation.
Introduction to ThermoElectrics
Thermoelectrics are very simple solid state devices with two basic modes of operation. The first mode, based on the Peltier Effect, involves of the application of current through the module, absorbing heat from one side of the device and emitting from the other side. The generation of cold and hot faces of the plate makes Peltier devices ideal for heating and cooling applications. Conversely, the Seebeck Effect and second mode of operation can be used for power generation purposes. When a temperature gradient is applied across a TE module and an electric current is produced.
TE modules have been available off the shelf since the 1960's but have not been developed much on the materials end because of low efficiencies (~5%). In the last five years, however, attention has been drawn to power generation applications due to advancement in nanostructures and semiconductor materials. These developments are expected to dramatically raise power generation efficiencies associated with the thermoelectric module. Improvements are still being engineered in-lab; however, industry anticipates these higher efficiency modules to become commercially available in the next five to ten years.
A more detailed overview of thermoelectric devices can be found at the following RIT resource: https://edge.rit.edu/content/P07440/public/Home
This project is a great opportunity for students interested in alternative energy and its applications. Students will gain experience with tomorrow's energy technology as well as perspective on planning for long term solutions in today's industry. Additionally, students will be exposed to Dresser-Rand Corporation, a global power technology company with prospective full-time recruitment opportunities.
Students in the following programs will likely be interested in this project:
- Mechanical Engineering - Students will focus on thermalfluids and heat transfer aspects of design, modeling and prototyping
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering, Energy & The Environment Option
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Minor in Sustainable Design
- Project Name
- Feasibility of Energy Recovery from Thermo-Electric Module for Large Scale Systems
- Project Number
- Project Family
- Sustainable Technologies for the Global Marketplace
- Energy & Environment
- Start Term
- End Term
- Faculty Guide
- Dr. Stevens (ME)
- Faculty Consultant
- Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Kevin Smith
- Primary Customer
- Dresser Rand Corporation
- Customer contact information
- Dresser Rand Corporation
- Paul Chilcott
- Team Planning
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