Metal thermoelectric harvester for wireless sensors
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

A metal thermoelectric energy harvester design with long metal couples was investigated for use with wireless sensors in environments where conventional thermoelectric harvesters are difficult to implement. Two thermoelectric harvesters with different designs was assembled by spot welding 110 mu m thick molybdenum foil and 150 mu m thick nickel foil together in a zigzag-pattern, one 3-couples design (55 mm length and 6 mm width) insulated with glass fiber at the hot side and polyimide tape at the cold side, and one 10-couples design (300 mm length and 3 mm width) insulated with polyimide tape across the entire length. The voltage- and power output were measured at different temperatures and load resistance with maximum power output of 588 mu W at 269 degrees C for the 3-couples harvester and 868 mu W at 241 degrees C for the 10-couples harvester. The power output after power management electronics for the 10-couples harvester measured 290 mu W at 51 mV. The harvesters were compared to a conventional semiconductor thermoelectric device coupled with a 300 mm long copper heat bridge giving a power output after power management electronics of 170 mu W at 41 mV with 226 degrees C temperature gradient of the environment.

wireless sensor

metal thermoelectric harvester

metal-metal thermoelectric

Författare

Elof Köhler

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2), Elektronikmaterial och system

Torbjörn Nilsson

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2), Elektronikmaterial och system

Peter Enoksson

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2), Elektronikmaterial och system

Smart Materials and Structures

0964-1726 (ISSN) 1361-665X (eISSN)

Vol. 29 8 084004

Ämneskategorier

Annan fysik

Marin teknik

Annan elektroteknik och elektronik

DOI

10.1088/1361-665X/ab62dd

Mer information

Senast uppdaterat

2020-10-21