A thermoelectric device includes a plurality of n-type thermoelectric elements and a plurality of p-type thermoelectric elements. These thermoelectric elements each have multiple end surfaces that are substantially parallel to each other, and include terminals attached to the end surfaces. The thermoelectric elements also include a support structure with an external surface covered by multiple layers of a thermoelectric material and a flexible substrate. The thermoelectric device also includes a plurality of conductive members which electrically interconnect the thermoelectric elements.
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