Special Issue "Thermodynamics of Thermoelectric Devices and Applications"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Thermodynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 March 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Roop L. Mahajan
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Guest Editor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Interests: thermal sciences; energy engineering; nanomaterials; artificial neural networks; interdisciplinary research and innovation
Dr. Ravi Anant Kishore
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Building Energy Science Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO 80401, USA
Interests: thermal-fluid sciences; energy conversion; energy storage; building energy management; renewable energy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thermoelectric effects and devices have been analyzed and investigated using classical heat transfer methods and equations of thermoelectricity for several decades. Although extensively explored, commercial thermoelectric devices still have a poor thermal-to-electrical conversion efficiency. Evaluating thermoelectric phenomena using thermodynamic arguments can provide new insights and lead thermoelectric research towards enhancing the figure-of-merit, ZT, and potential for achieving the Carnot efficiency.

In this Special Issue of Entropy, we cordially invite you to submit review, perspective, and original papers on thermoelectric effects, devices, and applications, with a particular focus on the thermodynamics of thermoelectricity.

Prof. Roop Mahajan
Dr. Ravi Anant Kishore
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Thermoelectric
  • TEG
  • TEC
  • Thermodynamics
  • Entropy
  • Carnot
  • Optimization
  • Heat recovery
  • Thermal energy harvesting

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New Concept of Power Generation Using TEGs: Thermal Modeling, Parametric Analysis, and Case Study
Entropy 2020, 22(5), 503; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/e22050503 - 27 Apr 2020
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In this manuscript, an innovative concept of producing power from a thermoelectric generator (TEG) is evaluated. This concept takes advantage of using the exhaust airflow of all-air heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and sun irradiation. For the first step, a parametric analysis [...] Read more.
In this manuscript, an innovative concept of producing power from a thermoelectric generator (TEG) is evaluated. This concept takes advantage of using the exhaust airflow of all-air heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and sun irradiation. For the first step, a parametric analysis of power generation from TEGs for different practical configurations is performed. Based on the results of the parametric analysis, recommendations associated with practical applications are presented. Therefore, a one-dimensional steady-state solution for the heat diffusion equation is considered with various boundary conditions (representing applied configurations). It is revealed that the most promising configuration corresponds to the TEG module exposed to a hot fluid at one face and a cold fluid at the other face. Then, based on the parametric analysis, the innovative concept is recognized and analyzed using appropriate thermal modeling. It is shown that for solar radiation of 2000 W/m2 and a space cooling load of 20 kW, a 40 × 40 cm2 flat plate is capable of generating 3.8 W of electrical power. Finally, an economic study shows that this system saves about $6 monthly with a 3-year payback period at 2000 W/m2 solar radiation. Environmentally, the system is also capable of reducing about 1 ton of CO2 emissions yearly. Full article
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Role of Heat Expansion with a Series of Ionic Liquids: The Case for Isochoric Thermoelectric Generators and Minimal Steric Repulsion
Entropy 2019, 21(11), 1086; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/e21111086 - 06 Nov 2019
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The role of convection in liquid thermoelectric cells may be difficult to predict because the inter- and intramolecular interactions are not currently incorporated into thermodynamic models. Here, we study the thermoelectric response of a series of five anhydrous 1-methyl-3- alkylimidazolium halide ionic liquids [...] Read more.
The role of convection in liquid thermoelectric cells may be difficult to predict because the inter- and intramolecular interactions are not currently incorporated into thermodynamic models. Here, we study the thermoelectric response of a series of five anhydrous 1-methyl-3- alkylimidazolium halide ionic liquids with varied chain length and counterion in a high-aspect-ratio, horizontal-temperature-gradient geometry, where convection is minimal. While a canonical constant-volume thermodynamic model predicts that the longer aliphatic groups exhibit larger Seebeck coefficients, we instead measure the opposite: Longer aliphatic chains correlate with lower densities and greater heat expansion, stronger intermolecular associations, stronger steric repulsion, and lower Seebeck coefficients. As evidence of the critical role of thermal expansion, we measure that the Seebeck effect is nonlinear: Values of −2.8 mV/K with a 10 K temperature difference and −1.8 mV/K with a 50 K difference are measured with ether ion. Our results indicate that steric repulsion and heat expansion are important considerations in ionic liquid design; with large temperature differences, the Seebeck coefficient correlates negatively with heat expansion. Our results suggest that Seebeck values will improve if thermal expansion is limited in a pressurized, isochoric, convection-free design. Full article
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High Power Factor vs. High zT—A Review of Thermoelectric Materials for High-Temperature Application
Entropy 2019, 21(11), 1058; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/e21111058 - 29 Oct 2019
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Energy harvesting with thermoelectric materials has been investigated with increasing attention over recent decades. However, the vast number of various material classes makes it difficult to maintain an overview of the best candidates. Thus, we revitalize Ioffe plots as a useful tool for [...] Read more.
Energy harvesting with thermoelectric materials has been investigated with increasing attention over recent decades. However, the vast number of various material classes makes it difficult to maintain an overview of the best candidates. Thus, we revitalize Ioffe plots as a useful tool for making the thermoelectric properties of a material obvious and easily comparable. These plots enable us to consider not only the efficiency of the material by the figure of merit zT but also the power factor and entropy conductivity as separate parameters. This is especially important for high-temperature applications, where a critical look at the impact of the power factor and thermal conductivity is mandatory. Thus, this review focuses on material classes for high-temperature applications and emphasizes the best candidates within the material classes of oxides, oxyselenides, Zintl phases, half-Heusler compounds, and SiGe alloys. An overall comparison between these material classes with respect to either a high efficiency or a high power output is discussed. Full article
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