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1. (WO2002065030) IMPROVED EFFICIENCY THERMOELECTRICS UTILIZING THERMAL ISOLATION
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Pub. No.: WO/2002/065030 International Application No.: PCT/US2002/003772
Publication Date: 22.08.2002 International Filing Date: 07.02.2002
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 22.08.2002
IPC:
F02G 1/043 (2006.01) ,F25B 21/02 (2006.01) ,F25B 21/04 (2006.01) ,F25B 33/00 (2006.01) ,H01L 35/00 (2006.01) ,H01L 35/30 (2006.01) ,H01L 35/32 (2006.01)
F MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
02
COMBUSTION ENGINES; HOT-GAS OR COMBUSTION-PRODUCT ENGINE PLANTS
G
HOT-GAS OR COMBUSTION-PRODUCT POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT ENGINE PLANTS; USE OF WASTE HEAT OF COMBUSTION ENGINES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
1
Hot gas positive-displacement engine plants
04
of closed-cycle type
043
the engine being operated by expansion and contraction of a mass of working gas which is heated and cooled in one of a plurality of constantly communicating expansible chambers, e.g. Stirling cycle type engines
F MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
25
REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION OR SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
B
REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS
21
Machines, plant, or systems, using electric or magnetic effects
02
using Peltier effect; using Nernst-Ettinghausen effect
F MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
25
REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION OR SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
B
REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS
21
Machines, plant, or systems, using electric or magnetic effects
02
using Peltier effect; using Nernst-Ettinghausen effect
04
reversible
F MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
25
REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION OR SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
B
REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS
33
Boilers; Analysers; Rectifiers
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
L
SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35
Thermoelectric 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
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
L
SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35
Thermoelectric 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
28
operating with Peltier or Seebeck effect only
30
characterised by the heat-exchanging means at the junction
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
L
SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
35
Thermoelectric 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
28
operating with Peltier or Seebeck effect only
32
characterised by the structure or configuration of the cell or thermo-couple forming the device
Applicants:
BSST, LLC [US/US]; 5462 Irwindale Avenue Irwindale, CA 91706-2058, US
Inventors:
BELL, Lon, E.; US
Agent:
DELANEY, Karoline, A.; KNOBBE, MARTENS, OLSON & BEAR, LLP 2040 Main Street Fourteenth Floor Irvine, CA 92614, US
Priority Data:
09/844,81827.04.2001US
60/267,65709.02.2001US
Title (EN) IMPROVED EFFICIENCY THERMOELECTRICS UTILIZING THERMAL ISOLATION
(FR) SYSTEME THERMOELECTRIQUE A EFFICACITE AMELIOREE METTANT EN OEUVRE UNE ISOLATION THERMIQUE
Abstract:
(EN) An improved efficiency thermoelectric system and method of making such a thermoelectric system are disclosed. Significant thermal isolation between thermoelectric elements (704) in at least one direction across a thermoelectric system (700) provides increased efficiency over conventional thermoelectric arrays. Significant thermal isolation is also provided for at least one heat exchanger (705) coupled to the thermoelectric elements. In one embodiment, the properties, such as resistance or current flow, of the thermoelectric elements may also be varied in at least one direction across a thermoelectric array. In addition, the mechanical configuration of the thermoelectric elements may be varied, in one embodiment, according to dynamic adjustment criteria.
(FR) L'invention concerne un système thermoélectrique à efficacité améliorée et un procédé de fabrication d'un tel système. Une isolation thermique importante entre des éléments thermoélectriques (704) dans au moins une direction à travers un système thermoélectrique (700) permet d'obtenir une efficacité améliorée par rapport à des réseaux thermoélectriques classiques. Une isolation thermique importante est également prévue pour au moins un échangeur thermique (705) couplé aux éléments thermoélectriques. Dans un mode de réalisation, les propriétés, telles que la résistance et l'intensité de courant, des éléments thermoélectriques peuvent également être modifiées dans au moins une direction à travers un réseau thermoélectrique. De plus, la configuration mécanique des éléments thermoélectriques peut être modifiée, dans un mode de réalisation, conformément à un critère dynamique d'ajustage.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
KR1020030082589EP1366328EP1912030JP2004526930RU02315250CN1496468
AU2002251904IN1296/DELNP/2003