A Review of Thermoelectric MEMS Devices for Micro-power Generation, Heating and Cooling Applications

Gould, Chris ORCID: 0000-0002-8433-0546 and Shammas, Noel (2009) A Review of Thermoelectric MEMS Devices for Micro-power Generation, Heating and Cooling Applications. In: Micro Electronic and Mechanical Systems. IntechOpen, pp. 15-24. ISBN 9789533070278

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Thermoelectric technology can be used to generate a small amount of electrical power, typically in the µW or mW range, if a temperature difference is maintained between two terminals of a thermoelectric module. Alternatively, a thermoelectric module can operate as a heat pump, providing heating or cooling of an object connected to one side of a thermoelectric module if a DC current is applied to the module’s input terminals. This chapter reviews the development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based thermoelectric devices suitable for micro-power generation, heating and cooling applications. The chapter begins with a brief overview of thermoelectric technology, macro-thermoelectric module construction and operation. Micro-thermoelectric modules are introduced, and a review of recent developments in research, commercial development, and typical application of MEMS based micro-thermoelectric devices is made. The chapter draws conclusions on the development and potential application of MEMS based thermoelectric devices suitable for thermoelectric cooling, heating and micro-power generation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Kate Greenaway
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 09:48
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 13:26
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/11371

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