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A heat transfer and electric-power-generating component is disclosed that utilizes microstructural architecture for enhanced heat transfer. The component includes a heat source, a microstructural heat sink; and a thermoelectric device disposed between the heat source and the microstructural heat sink. During operation, heat flows from the heat source to the heat sink through the thermoelectric device such that the thermoelectric device can convert a portion of the heat flow into electric power. In some of the preferred aspects of the invention, the heat sink is an ultra thin film desorber combustor, and the heat source is a microchannel combustor. The microstructural architecture can provide high rates of thermal transfer through the thermoelectric device, allowing for surprisingly high thermoelectric power generation from a compact and light weight component.

Title
Heat transfer and electric-power-generating component containing a thermoelectric device
Application Number
9/425832
Publication Number
6313393 (B1)
Application Date
October 21, 1999
Publication Date
November 6, 2001
Inventor
M Kevin Drost
Richland
WA, US
Agent
Stephen R May
US
Assignee
Battelle Memorial Institute
WA, US
IPC
H01L 35/34
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