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New Commercial Applications For Ultra Thin Thermoelectric Nanomaterials

There is a growing demand for smaller and more efficient thermoelectric generators. Emerging research findings on nanostructures reveal a potential for the expansion of commercial applications.

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This entry was posted in thermoelectric technology and thermoelectric generator on August 16, 2018 by II-VI Marlow Industries

How to Build Your Own Thermoelectric Generator

In 1821, German physicist Thomas Seebeck found that two dissimilar metals exposed to varying temperatures will generate an electrical current. This phenomenon has since been referred to as the Seebeck Effect and is the basis for thermoelectric generators.


The following exercise details step-by-step instructions on how to construct a thermoelectric generator from household items.

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This entry was posted in thermoelectric technology and thermoelectric generator on August 02, 2018 by II-VI Marlow Industries

Aerospace & Defense Technology Using Thermoelectric Generators

Aerospace and defense technology requires high degrees of reliability and durability in hostile and ever-changing environments. Thermoelectric generators [TEGs] meet these qualifications and can also serve as a valuable cost-cutting, time-saving solution. Find out what research has been conducted recently in the field as well as applications of the TEGs in defense and aerospace fields.

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This entry was posted in aerospace and thermoelectric generator on July 19, 2018 by II-VI Marlow Industries

MIT Physicists Announce Advances in Thermoelectric Material Efficiency

On May 25th, 2018 Science Advances published a report by MIT physicists Brian Skinner and Liang Fu on a ground-breaking theoretical method that could drastically increase the efficiency of thermoelectric energy.

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This entry was posted in TE materials and thermoelectric technology on July 03, 2018 by II-VI Marlow Industries

Proposed “Space Force” Could Rely Heavily on Thermoelectric Technology

On June 18th, 2018 President Trump made an announcement that he is directing the Department of Defense to create a new sixth branch of the military that will be called “The Space Force.” The President also gave directives to the Department of Defense to begin modernizing the methods of tracking objects in orbit. The big announcement has great implications for increase in demand for thermoelectric technology in the space industry.

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This entry was posted in thermoelectric technology and aerospace on June 21, 2018 by II-VI Marlow Industries

Future Thermoelectric Materials

The thermoelectric materials research community consists mainly of numerous groups in universities and institutes in North America, Europe, the former Soviet Union, China and Japan. In addition, a handful of companies, including II-VI Marlow, contribute to the advancement of thermoelectric materials.

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This entry was posted in Technical Library on December 19, 2017 by II-VI Marlow Industries

Thermoelectric Elements Miniaturization

In electronics, everyone has seen the beneficial impact of miniaturization. Exponential increases in computing power and ever-decreasing package sizes are evident in the evolution of cell phones, MP3 players, laptops and a whole host of other electronic devices. Historical trends have followed Moore's Law, which predicts that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every 18 months. Feature sizes on current computer chips are now measured on the nanometer scale. Can thermoelectrics benefit from this type of scaling? “Smaller” and “more powerful” are generally positive attributes, but what are the implications unique to thermoelectrics when it comes to miniaturization and scaling?

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This entry was posted in Technical Library on December 19, 2017 by II-VI Marlow Industries

Thermoelectric Power Generation

The vast majority of government-sponsored research in the field of thermoelectrics over the past 10-15 years has been in the area of thermoelectric power generation. The driving force behind most of this research seeks ways to improve our utilization of energy. Consider that less than a fourth of the energy content in the gasoline in your car actually goes into useful work to move the vehicle. The majority of the energy escapes as heat loss to the ambient primarily through the vehicle exhaust and radiator. Likewise, the U.S. manufacturing industry discharges roughly one-third of the energy consumed as thermal losses to the atmosphere or to cooling systems. This heat loss is measured in Quads (1015 BTU) and represents a huge opportunity for thermoelectrics to someday impact national energy consumption and our dependence on foreign fuel.

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This entry was posted in Technical Library on December 19, 2017 by II-VI Marlow Industries

II-VI Marlow Technical Expertise

With over 40 issued patents and 15 published authors on staff, II-VI Marlow offers a strategic advantage to the customer in selecting the appropriate thermal solution to match your application requirements.

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This entry was posted in Technical Library on December 19, 2017 by II-VI Marlow Industries

Technologies for Military & Space Programs

II-VI Marlow has extensive experience providing space-qualified applications to numerous U.S., Canadian and European customers. The engineering staff can design one- to six-stage thermoelectric coolers for operating environments ranging from 85°C to -110°C to perform in high-vibration and mechanical shock environments. We have provided thermoelectric coolers for:

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This entry was posted in Technical Library on December 19, 2017 by II-VI Marlow Industries

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