A Novel Electric Power Generation Mechanism from Waste Heat without Temperature Gradient

Keita Yamasoto, Yuki Osakabe, Sota Adachi, Shinji Munetoh, Osamu Furukimi

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    Abstract

    Seebeck effect is widely used for the energy harvesting from wasted heat. In the Seebeck effect, the electric power can be generated by the temperature difference between both ends of the thermoelectric materials. However, low conversion efficiency is caused by heat flux from hot side to cold side of sample. In this paper, we have proposed a new thermal power generation mechanism with no temperature difference. We investigated the band structure of Ba8AuxSi46-x clathrate single crystal synthesized by Czochralski method. The single crystal has a gradient of the gold contents along the growth direction. According to the results of Seebeck coefficient, the electrical properties of the Ba8AuxSi46-x clathrate dramatically changed depending on the gold contents. In the case of gold content of lower than 5.33, the Ba8AuxSi46-x clathrate showed a n-type semiconductor. In the case of gold content of higher than 5.33, the Ba8AuxSi46-x clathrate showed a p-type semiconductor. The band gap of the n-type and p-type Ba8AuxSi46-x clathrate were wider than the intrinsic semiconductor. We can successfully synthesize a n-p junction single crystal, which obtaining energy band curve generated from the difference of Fermi level between p- and n- type semiconductors. The single crystal was heated under the uniform temperature and able to obtain generated electric voltage of around 0.6 mV at 400°C. These results suggested that the obtained electric voltage can be generated from the separation of hole-electron pair excited by heating at the intrinsic part with a narrow band gap along to the energy band curve formed by p-n junction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3941-3946
    Number of pages6
    JournalMRS Advances
    Volume1
    Issue number60
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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