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Materials for Thermoelectric Energy Conversion

United States Patent Application

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A thermoelectric power generation (TEG) unit configured to be integrated into the exhaust system of a vehicle includes a plurality of thermoelectric power generator modules, each comprising an electrically interconnected plurality of p-type and n-type thermoelectric material legs, each leg extending between a substrate on a hot side and a substrate on a cold side of the module, wherein the thermoelectric materials for the legs are half-Heusler compounds having a thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) greater than 1.0.
Samsonidze, Georgy (Dorchester, MA), Kozinsky, Boris (Waban, MA)
15/ 101,116
December 4, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] This invention was made with government support under grant DE-EE0004840 awarded by the U.S. Department Of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.