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Next Generation Nano-engineered Thermoelectric Converters - from concept to industrial validation

Objective

Global energy uncertainty and the limited recourses coupled with increased energy needs fuels the search for improving the efficiency of energy conversion technologies. Although the EU policies target increased use of renewable energy to 12% of gross energy production by 2010, this commitment has also highlighted the urgent need for improving the energy utilization of fossil-fuel based power-plants to allow continuation of the energy intensive lifestyle of EU countries.
Thermoelectric (TE) devices can play a very important role in efficient energy harvesting, and recovery. TE devices are ‘fuel-free’ solid-state devices with no moving parts and therefore are extremely reliable. TEs can harvest residual low-grade energy which otherwise is wasted. To date, their use is limited by low conversion efficiency. The key factor for improving the performance of TE applications is mainly through the development of TE materials as well as corresponding TE module/device technology and design, based on the material types, which can ensure better performance. Recent advances in nanotechnology offer unprecedented opportunities in designing and fabricating increasingly complex material architectures with controlled and hierarchical microstructures. Theoretical predictions showed that low-dimensional TE materials with figure of merits (a measure of the goodness of TE materials) can be spectacularly enhanced from currently ~1 to extremely high values of 5 -10 (up to 20). The present proposal is concerned with applying modern nanotechnology principles to the design and creation of novel material architectures with enhanced TE properties, with close feedback with theoretical studies. The material architectures considered in this proposal are chosen based on suitability for the development of next generation TE modules and devices, designed for a few specific promising applications including harvesting waste energy from automobiles and environmentally benign, efficient cooling systems

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2010-SMALL-4
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KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
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Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Sweden

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Demir Simon (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 1 201 398

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"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
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€ 286 845
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End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi

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Styliani Martaki (Ms.)
CIDETE INGENIEROS SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
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€ 399 000
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Avenida Maritima 68
38530 Candelaria

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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German Noriega (Mr.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Alexandre Cuenat (Dr.)
CENTRO TECNICO DE SEAT SA
Spain
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€ 143 420
Address
Autovia A2 Km 585
08760 Martorell

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Jose-Maria Romero Perez (Mr.)
AB ELECTROLUX
Sweden
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€ 54 000
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Sankt Goransgatan 143
10545 Stockholm

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Richard Furberg (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
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€ 354 516
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Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
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€ 414 200
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Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa

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Ciro Avolio (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
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€ 284 250
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Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Martin Jaegle (Mr.)
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
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€ 454 300
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Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen

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Hans-Reiner Leikard (Mr.)
Babrow Consultants Ltd

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United Kingdom
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€ 17 325
Address
Trewernen House, Llantrisant Road, Church Vilage Rd .
CF382LT Pontypridd

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Becci Mckinley-Rowe (Ms.)
Ranco GmbH
Germany
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€ 22 675
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Karlicher Strasse 7
56218 Mulheim Karlich

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Dieter Platzek (Dr.)