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1. US20080230105 - Electric power generation method using thermoelectric power generation element, thermoelectric power generation element and method of producing the same, and thermoelectric power generation device

Office
United States of America
Application Number 12055882
Application Date 26.03.2008
Publication Number 20080230105
Publication Date 25.09.2008
Grant Number 7560639
Grant Date 14.07.2009
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H01L 35/00
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35Thermoelectric devices comprising a junction of dissimilar materials, i.e. exhibiting Seebeck or Peltier effect with or without other thermoelectric effects or thermomagnetic effects; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
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HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35Thermoelectric devices comprising a junction of dissimilar materials, i.e. exhibiting Seebeck or Peltier effect with or without other thermoelectric effects or thermomagnetic effects; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
34Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of these devices or of parts thereof
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35Thermoelectric devices comprising a junction of dissimilar materials, i.e. exhibiting Seebeck or Peltier effect with or without other thermoelectric effects or thermomagnetic effects; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
12Selection of the material for the legs of the junction
H01L 35/16
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35Thermoelectric devices comprising a junction of dissimilar materials, i.e. exhibiting Seebeck or Peltier effect with or without other thermoelectric effects or thermomagnetic effects; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
12Selection of the material for the legs of the junction
14using inorganic compositions
16comprising tellurium or selenium or sulfur
CPC
H01L 35/16
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35Thermoelectric devices comprising a junction of dissimilar materials, i.e. exhibiting Seebeck or Peltier effect with or without other thermoelectric effects or thermomagnetic effects; Processes or apparatus peculiar to the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
12Selection of the material for the legs of the junction
14using inorganic compositions
16comprising tellurium or selenium or sulfur
H01L 35/32
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01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35Thermoelectric devices comprising a junction of dissimilar materials, i.e. exhibiting Seebeck or Peltier effect with or without other thermoelectric effects or thermomagnetic effects; Processes or apparatus peculiar to the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
28operating with Peltier or Seebeck effect only
32characterised by the structure or configuration of the cell or thermo-couple forming the device ; including details about, e.g., housing, insulation, geometry, module
H01L 35/34
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35Thermoelectric devices comprising a junction of dissimilar materials, i.e. exhibiting Seebeck or Peltier effect with or without other thermoelectric effects or thermomagnetic effects; Processes or apparatus peculiar to the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
34Processes or apparatus specially adapted for peculiar to the manufacture or treatment of these devices or of parts thereof
Y10T 156/1062
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
156Adhesive bonding and miscellaneous chemical manufacture
10Methods of surface bonding and/or assembly therefor
1052with cutting, punching, tearing or severing
1062Prior to assembly
Applicants Panasonic Corporation
Inventors Kanno Tsutomu
Adachi Hideaki
Yotsuhashi Satoshi
Agents McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Priority Data 2006323381 30.11.2006 JP
Title
(EN) Electric power generation method using thermoelectric power generation element, thermoelectric power generation element and method of producing the same, and thermoelectric power generation device
Abstract
(EN)

The present invention provides an electric power generation method using a thermoelectric power generation element, a thermoelectric power generation element, and a thermoelectric power generation device, each of which has higher thermoelectric power generation performance than conventional ones and can be used for more applications. The thermoelectric power generation element includes a first electrode and a second electrode that are disposed to oppose each other, and a laminate that is interposed between the first and second electrodes and that is electrically connected to both the first and second electrodes, where the laminate has a structure in which Bi2Te3 layers and metal layers containing Al, Cu, Ag, or Au are laminated alternately, a thickness ratio between the metal layer and the Bi2Te3 layer is in a range of metal layer:Bi2Te3 layer=400:1 to 20:1, lamination surfaces of the Bi2Te3 layers and the metal layers are inclined at an inclination angle θ of 15° to 60° with respect to a direction in which the first electrode and the second electrode oppose each other, and a temperature difference applied in a direction perpendicular to the direction in the element generates a potential difference between the first and second electrodes. The electric power generation method and thermoelectric power generation device each use the element.


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