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Microfabricated Thermoelectric Power-Generation Devices

California Insititute of Technology (2004) Microfabricated Thermoelectric Power-Generation Devices. CaltechAUTHORS:US6787691B2. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:US6787691B2

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Abstract

A device for generating power to run an electronic component. The device includes a heat-conducting substrate (composed, e.g., of diamond or another high thermal conductivity material) disposed in thermal contact with a high temperature region. During operation, heat flows from the high temperature region into the heat-conducting substrate, from which the heat flows into the electrical power generator. A thermoelectric material (e.g., a BiTe alloy-based film or other thermoelectric material) is placed in thermal contact with the heat-conducting substrate. A low temperature region is located on the side of the thermoelectric material opposite that of the high temperature region. The thermal gradient generates electrical power and drives an electrical component.


Item Type:Patent
Additional Information:This application is a continuation (and claims the benefit of priority under 35 USC 120) of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/198,069 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,388,185, filed Nov. 23, 1998, which claims priority from U.S. provisional application serial No. 60/096/657, filed Aug. 13, 1998. The disclosure of the prior applications is considered part of (and is incorporated by references in) the disclosure of this application.
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Official Citation:US PATENT 6,787,691 B2
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ID Code:9091
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Deposited By: Jeff Snyder
Deposited On:26 Oct 2007
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