Advanced, Very High Conversion Efficiency Thermoelectric Device
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Applied Solar Energy Corp
15251 East Don Julian Road, City Of Industry, CA, 91745
Dr. C.l. Chu
AbstractApplied Solar Energy Corporation proposes an innovative approach to achieve very high efficiency thermoelectric cooling devices with extensive commercial market application. This based on superlattices of Bi(2)Te(3) and related II-VI semiconductors and production in large area MOCVD reactors. The work proposed uses the research/development experience at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in advanced semiconductor device structures. Of direct relevance is their experience in MOCVD growth, characterization and formation of superlattices. Applied Solar has skills in moving advanced semiconductor devices from development to full scale production, building in necessary procedures of material handling (including toxic materials) and building of supplier instrasfructures. The company has a leadership position in operating large scale MOCVD reactors, growing complex photovoltaic devices from III-V compounds. All necessary electrical contacting, testing and environmental stability procedures exist. The combined experience will be applied to develop high efficiency thermoelectric coolers based on semiconductor superlattices, grown by MOCVD, characterized and processed by semiconductor methods. Special attention will be directed to the contacts and packaging and testing for practical operations. Production in Applied Solar's large scale reactors (versus research reactors) is the only practical means of achieving the large cell areas required by marketable systems.
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