Published Online: 15 JUL 2012
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Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
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Gärtner, M., Hermes, W., Marudhachalam, P., Schidleja, M. and Schierle-Arndt, K. 2012. Thermoelectricity. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry.
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2012
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Thermoelectricity is the conversion of thermal energy into electrical power and vice versa. Industrial importance has mainly its use for special cooling devices, but it can also be applied for waste heat recovery. The latter drives a huge interest in this technology due to the need for energy efficiency and reduction of CO
This article describes the physical background of the technology, the principle of the devices, the materials used, some current trends to improve the technology, and important applications.