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1. WO2020006006 - VOLTAGE CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Publication Number WO/2020/006006
Publication Date 02.01.2020
International Application No. PCT/US2019/039082
International Filing Date 25.06.2019
IPC
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
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SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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Semiconductor devices specially adapted for rectifying, amplifying, oscillating or switching and having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier; Capacitors or resistors with at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier, e.g. PN-junction depletion layer or carrier concentration layer; Details of semiconductor bodies or of electrodes thereof
66
Types of semiconductor device
68
controllable by only the electric current supplied, or only the electric potential applied, to an electrode which does not carry the current to be rectified, amplified, or switched
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
L
SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
29
Semiconductor devices specially adapted for rectifying, amplifying, oscillating or switching and having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier; Capacitors or resistors with at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier, e.g. PN-junction depletion layer or carrier concentration layer; Details of semiconductor bodies or of electrodes thereof
66
Types of semiconductor device
82
controllable by variation of the magnetic field applied to the device
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
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SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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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
02
Details
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
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PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
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Electrochemical current or voltage generators not provided for in groups H01M6/-H01M12/125; Manufacture thereof
H01L 29/68 (2006.01)
H01L 29/82 (2006.01)
H01L 35/02 (2006.01)
H01M 14/00 (2006.01)
CPC
F03G 7/08
H01L 29/68
H01L 35/30
H02J 15/00
H02N 3/00
Applicants
  • NEISER, Paul [US/US]; US
Inventors
  • NEISER, Paul; US
Agents
  • CHHABRA, Rohit; US
Priority Data
62/763,63825.06.2018US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) VOLTAGE CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD
(FR) APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ DE CONVERSION DE TENSION
Abstract
(EN)
A body force per unit mass acting on mobile charge carriers within a first electrically conducting material is configured to induce at least one region of accumulation of charge within at least a portion of the first material. The magnitude of the associated change in the voltage between two given points within the first material is a function of the relevant electrical properties of the material. A second electrically conducting material can be electrically coupled to the first material via a first electrical contact. The relevant electrical properties of the second material can be configured to be different to the relevant electrical properties of the first material. The voltage difference between the two points in the first material can be different to the voltage difference between two equivalent points in the second material. The difference in the voltage difference can be employed to increase the voltage of mobile charge carriers within a portion of an open or closed electrical circuit relative to another portion of said circuit. A voltage conversion apparatus and method can be used to convert thermal energy into electrical energy, for example.
(FR)
Selon la présente invention, une force corporelle par unité de masse agissant sur des porteurs de charge libres dans un premier matériau électroconducteur est configurée pour induire au moins une zone d'accumulation de charge dans au moins une partie du premier matériau. L'amplitude de la variation associée de la tension entre deux points donnés dans le premier matériau est fonction des propriétés électriques pertinentes du matériau. Un second matériau électroconducteur peut être couplé électriquement au premier matériau par l'intermédiaire d'un premier contact électrique. Les propriétés électriques pertinentes du second matériau peuvent être configurées pour être différentes des propriétés électriques pertinentes du premier matériau. La différence de tension entre les deux points dans le premier matériau peut être différente de la différence de tension entre deux points équivalents dans le second matériau. La différence de la différence de tension peut permettre d'augmenter la tension de porteurs de charge libres dans une partie d'un circuit électrique ouvert ou fermé par rapport à une autre partie dudit circuit. Un appareil et un procédé de conversion de tension peuvent être utilisés afin de convertir de l'énergie thermique en énergie électrique, par exemple.
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