ElectroTEG Final Results
The project officially finished at the end of June 2016. It was technically very challenging with a core objective of creating thick film electrodeposited n- and p-type materials exhibiting the necessary level of geometric control, surface characteristics, adhesion to a substrate and thermoelectric properties that would allow progression to a viable commercial thermoelectric device.
Early in the project, following a review of available thermoelectric materials and their desired characteristics, the original objective of using magnesium and manganese silicide based thermoelectric materials was abandoned and replaced by bismuth telluride based materials. Subsequently, the ionic liquid route was replaced by an aqueous approach following unpromising experimental work results.
Progress was made is relation to the provision of electrodeposited n- and p-type bismuth telluride based thermoelectric materials, however, the quality of deposits produced fell below that required level for a viable industrial scale process, therefore a follow-up project has been proposed to advance the technology readiness level (TRL) to 8 is being considered by the partners post-project.
In the final stages of the project, protectable IPR was identified and a patent application has been made and is initially being filed by European Thermodynamics Ltd directly to an EU IPO route. In addition, the University of Southampton has published two academic papers resulting from the project and are planning a third.
European Thermodynamics would like to thank all of the project partners for their contributions. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)116 2796 899.