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Nanostructured energy-harvesting thermoelectrics based on Mg2Si

Objective

The core concept of the ThermoMag project revolves around developing and delivering new energy-harvesting thermoelectric materials and proof-of-concept modules, based on nanostructured bulk Mg2Si solid solutions. This class of TE material would have the following attractive characteristics: (i) ZT value >1.5 for both n-type and p-type doped material, (ii) operational in the temperature range 300-550ºC, (iii) very low density of 2 g/cm3, especially suitable for transportation applications, (iv) high melting point of >1000ºC, and good thermal stability up to 600ºC, (v) good oxidation and corrosion resistance and mechanical strength, (vi) isotropic thermoelectric properties, (vii) non-toxicity of elements, (viii) widely-available pure materials with very large EU supply chains and (ix) low raw material cost <15 Euros/kg, combined with low manufacturing costs. A number of methods will be looked at to achieve 3D bulk nanocrystalline Mg2Si including low-cost combustion synthesis, mechanical alloying and high-temperature solid-state synthesis in inert crucibles. Various ball milling approaches will be used to produce doped Mg2Si nanoparticle constituents that can then be compressed via rapid spark plasma sintering or hot pressing in vacuum. 3D nanocomposite material will also be produced with the addition or in-situ production of inert nanoparticles, as well as thin films using multilayer approaches. Doping using various elements will be predicted by ab-initio density-functional theory modelling. These methods will lead to the safe production of nanostructured n- and p-type legs for further thermoelectric and materials testing. In order to prove the concept works, demonstrator modules will be assembled that integrate the new energy-harvesting nanostructured material. Such modules have widespread applications in automotive, aerospace and manufacturing sectors, where waste heat can be usefully recovered, with clear environmental benefits.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2010-SMALL-4
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EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
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TERMO-GEN AB
Sweden
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€ 198 112
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SE624 54 Lärbro
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Lennart Holmgren (Mr.)
JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED

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United Kingdom
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€ 6 265,50
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Abbey Road Whitley
CV3 4LF Coventry
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Mark Ellis (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
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€ 213 000
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Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
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Research Organisations
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Massimo Casali (Dr.)
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
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€ 95 403
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Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg
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Louise De Verdier (Dr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
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€ 150 173
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Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
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Peter Lilischkis (Mr.)
Babrow Consultants Ltd

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United Kingdom
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€ 43 500
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Trewernen House, Llantrisant Road, Church Vilage Rd .
CF382LT Pontypridd
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Mike Rowe (Prof.)
AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
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€ 304 800
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Al Adama Mickiewicza 30
30-059 Krakow
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Elzbieta Godlewska (Prof.)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
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€ 298 487
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Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
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Nick Bodycombe (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE
France
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€ 290 072
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Cours Leopold 34
54052 Nancy Cedex
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Hubert Scherrer (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
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Aurélie Menard (Ms.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
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Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
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Konstantinos Paraskevopoulos (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
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1678 Nicosia
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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
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Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
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Harald Böttner (Dr.)
IOFFE PHYSICO-TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
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€ 214 000
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26 Polytekhnicheskaya
194021 St Petersburg
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Mikhail Fedorov (Prof.)
TEGma AS
Norway
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€ 70 000
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Andoyfaret 1-3, Bygg A 1
4623 Kristiansand
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Trygve Eidet (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE

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France
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Avenue De La Foret De Haye 2
54501 Vandoeuvre Les Nancy Cedex
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Hubert Scherrer (Prof.)