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Commentary: Thermoelectric and solar-energy materials

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Chris Gould, Noel Shammas

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology, Staffordshire University, Beacon Building, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0AD United Kingdom

J. Nanophoton. 2(1), 020303 (July 29, 2008). doi:10.1117/1.2972202
History: Received July 20, 2008; Accepted July 22, 2008; July 29, 2008; Online July 29, 2008
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Abstract

Thermoelectric and solar-energy technologies are the focus of significant research, and can make a major contribution to the need to find alternative methods of power generation, heating and cooling. Solar-energy, or photovoltaic technology, is established as an alternative energy source, and in common with wind, biomass, wave and geothermal, is considered a renewable energy source. Thermoelectric technology is often overlooked, but can be used in applications where other technologies could not be used, or in combination with other renewable technologies. Contemporary problems surrounding climate change will act as a stimulus for the development of thermoelectrics, and the technology is successful in cooling, refrigeration and space-craft power, with potential for growth in power generation applications.

References

C. A. Gould, N. Y. A. Shammas, S. Grainger, and I. Taylor, "A comprehensive review of thermoelectric technology, micro-electrical and power generation properties," IEEE Int. Conf. Microelectron. 2, 329-332 (2008).
D. M. Rowe, "General principles and basic considerations," in Thermoelectrics Handbook - Macro to Nano, pp. 1-10, CRC Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida (2006).
B. C. Sales, "Critical overview of Recent Approaches to Improved Thermoelectric Materials," Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Technol. 4(4), 291-297(2007)
C. B. Vining, "The limited role for thermoelectrics in the climate crisis," http://www.zts.com (May 2008).
C. B. Vining, "ZT ~ 3.5: Fifteen years of progress and things to come," Presented at ECT2007, http://ect2007.thermion-company.com/proc-contents, (Sept. 2007).
H. Hachiuma and K. Fukuda, "Activities and future vision of Komatsu thermo modules," Presented at ECT2007, http://ect2007.thermion-company.com/proc-contents (Sept. 2007)
J. R. Szczech and S. Jin, "Mg2Si nanocomposite converted from diatomaceous earth as a potential thermoelectric nanomaterial," J. Solid State Chem. (2008) in press
L. L. Kazmerski, "Solar photovoltaics R&D at the tipping point: A 2005 technology review," J. Electron Spectrosc. Related Phenomena 150(2-3), 105-135 (2006)
R. W. Miles, "Photovoltaic solar cells: Choice of materials and production methods," Vacuum 80(10), 1090-1097 (2006)
P. Oelhafen and A. Schuler, "Nanostructured materials for solar energy conversion," Solar Energy 79, 110-121 (2005)
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Citation

Chris Gould and Noel Shammas
"Commentary: Thermoelectric and solar-energy materials", J. Nanophoton. 2(1), 020303 (July 29, 2008). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2972202


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C. A. Gould, N. Y. A. Shammas, S. Grainger, and I. Taylor, "A comprehensive review of thermoelectric technology, micro-electrical and power generation properties," IEEE Int. Conf. Microelectron. 2, 329-332 (2008).
D. M. Rowe, "General principles and basic considerations," in Thermoelectrics Handbook - Macro to Nano, pp. 1-10, CRC Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida (2006).
B. C. Sales, "Critical overview of Recent Approaches to Improved Thermoelectric Materials," Int. J. Appl. Ceram. Technol. 4(4), 291-297(2007)
C. B. Vining, "The limited role for thermoelectrics in the climate crisis," http://www.zts.com (May 2008).
C. B. Vining, "ZT ~ 3.5: Fifteen years of progress and things to come," Presented at ECT2007, http://ect2007.thermion-company.com/proc-contents, (Sept. 2007).
H. Hachiuma and K. Fukuda, "Activities and future vision of Komatsu thermo modules," Presented at ECT2007, http://ect2007.thermion-company.com/proc-contents (Sept. 2007)
J. R. Szczech and S. Jin, "Mg2Si nanocomposite converted from diatomaceous earth as a potential thermoelectric nanomaterial," J. Solid State Chem. (2008) in press
L. L. Kazmerski, "Solar photovoltaics R&D at the tipping point: A 2005 technology review," J. Electron Spectrosc. Related Phenomena 150(2-3), 105-135 (2006)
R. W. Miles, "Photovoltaic solar cells: Choice of materials and production methods," Vacuum 80(10), 1090-1097 (2006)
P. Oelhafen and A. Schuler, "Nanostructured materials for solar energy conversion," Solar Energy 79, 110-121 (2005)

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