Power generation from thermoelectric system-embedded Plexiglas for green building technology

Salman Bin Inayat, Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

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Abstract

Thermoelectric materials embedded through or inside exterior glass windows can act as a viable source of supplemental power in geographic locations where hot weather dominates. This thermoelectricity is generated because of the thermal difference between the high temperature outside and the relatively cold temperature inside. Using physical vapor deposition process, we experimentally verify this concept by embedding bismuth telluride and antimony telluride through the 5 mm Plexiglas to demonstrate 10 nW of thermopower generation with a temperature gradient of 21 °C. Albeit tiny at this point with non-optimized design and development, this concept can be extended for relatively large-scale power generation as an additional power supply for green building technology.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-342
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Nanoscience
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 2012

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