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Incorporation of Thermoelectric Generator into Advanced Glazing Systems and Vacuum Glazing Systems

Incorporation of Thermoelectric Generator into Advanced Glazing Systems and Vacuum Glazing Systems

Objective

Glass and glazing tends to be regarded as a passive material that has little use other than lighting and appearance, however, it has been established that properly formulated glazing components can have a dramatic impact on the overall energy use in buildings. The development of sound theoretical models and the demonstration of the Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) suggest that the next energy breakthrough in glazing and windows will be to convert sunlight falling on the glazing (which results in a temperature gradient within/across the glazing) into significant amounts of electricity for use in that building or for re-circulation to the grid. Therefore, complex and interlocking issues that need to be solved include:
• A continued improvement in glazing that will maximize thermal gradient across the integrated TEG but maintain the primary function as light providers.
• The need for new TEG materials that can maximise the conversion of full spectrum incident sunlight into usable current.
• The 'extraction' and use of the power generated and the technical issues associated with returning it to the grid.
• The public policy and new business models required to turn a successful technical prototype into a commercial reality.
My research programme based on training at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, USA, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and Coventry University, UK will directly address each of these problems in an integrated and holistic fashion.
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COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

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Priory Street
Cv1 5fb Coventry

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 289 732,80

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THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 841183

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 March 2020

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 289 732,80

  • EU contribution

    € 289 732,80

Coordinated by:

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom