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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.
|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.|
|Official Citation:||US PATENT 6,787,691 B2|
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|Deposited By:||Jeff Snyder|
|Deposited On:||26 Oct 2007|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 09:45|
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