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Waste Heat to Electrical Energy via Sustainable Organic Thermoelectric Devices

Objective

It is estimated that mankind wastes ~20% of the 15 terawatts required annually for global power consumption as low level heat (<200 oC). This amounts to 10^20 J/yr, which is greater than the total annual energy usage of all EU member states. Widespread availability of new low-cost organic thermoelectric devices would allow direct heat-to-electrical energy (H2E) from this vast, essentially untapped, resource generating a new industrial sector based on local power generation from otherwise wasted energy sources (engines, boilers, heat pumps, etc.) amounting up to 50 billion €/yr. New materials and devices are needed to achieve such disruptive technology as present approaches are not viable for reasons either of: (i) device inefficiency, and/or (ii) global raw material unavailability preventing widespread implementation. The development of efficient, thermoelectric modules using only low-cost, readily available, renewable and sustainable organic materials would address a range of major transnational FET challenges impacting on energy efficiency, climate change, resources depletion and ‘personalised electricity generation/use’ that will arise within the next decade. To achieve this goal the H2ESOT project is pluri-disciplinary and cross-thematic project from leading European groups able to: prepare, purify, fabricate, test and theoretically define/evolve the organic materials that are needed to fulfil this ‘Innovation Europe 2020’ vision. Europe must reach a position where it can begin to make use of a significant fraction of its waste heat in order to overcome the immense societal changes associated with sustainable growth and mitigating climate change. Only organic thermoelectric devices ultimately offer the potential for Thermoelectronic (TE) FET that can be widely deployed to recover low level heat. Only H2ESOT has the optimal blend of expertise to develop an appropriate roadmap to such revolutionary new TE materials defining a critically important new industry.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power generation
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-1-2STAGE
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 340 396,80
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)

Participants (5)

EUROPEAN THERMODYNAMICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 261 416
Address
Priory Business Park, Wiston Road 8
LE8 0RX Kibworth Harcourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Simpson (Mr.)
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 291 186,25
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Gloggengiesser (Mr.)
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATES CIETVIELU FIZIKAS INSTITUTS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 117 668,80
Address
Kengaraga Iela 8
LV-1063 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martins Rutkis (Dr.)
INSTITUTE OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY WITH CENTRE OF PHYTOCHEMISTRY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 166 193,60
Address
Acad Georgi Bonchev Street Bld 9
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Dimitrov (Prof.)
UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA A MOLDOVEI
Moldova
EU contribution
€ 88 980,90
Address
Stefan Cel Mare 168
MD2004 Chisinau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anatolie Casian (Prof.)