Thermoelectricity allows the direct and reciprocal conversion between thermal and electrical energy, thanks to the use of suitable materials.
This phenomenon is currently exploited to produce cold (refrigeration by Peltier effect) or generate electricity (thermoelectric generators by Seebeck effect).
Energy converters based on thermoelectric technology have many advantages:
Peltier refrigeration finds opportunities in portable refrigerators, air conditioning and
cooling of electronic components.
Thermoelectric generators have been successfully developed since 1962 to power space probes over long periods (Voyager 1&2, Galileo, Cassini...)
In the current ecological context, electricity production from thermoelectric processes appears to be a reservoir of clean energy .
The Seebeck effect is the build up of an electric potential across a temperature gradient.
This phenomenon is based on the thermoelectric properties of certain materials: semiconductors.
The conversion from a heat flow to an electric current is explained by the diffusion of electrons from the hot side to the cold side.
The Peltier effect is a thermoelectric effect which makes it possible to produce cold when semiconductors are subjected to a direct electric voltage .
The Peltier effect is the reciprocal effect of the Seebeck effect.
A Peltier module is an assembly of semiconductor pads. These elements are electrically
connected in series.
The module produces cold and heat when it is crossed by an electric current. One side absorbs calories (cold source ) and the other side dissipates them (hot source ).
The video below illustrates the Peltier effect:
An operator injects a DC voltage in a Peltier module. The temperature drops and becomes negative!
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Results of several years of research & development, we use different families of materials, which allows us to offer a wide range of temperatures of use.
We size and assemble thermoelectric modules that incorporate these materials to meet the most demanding use cases.
Our expertise covers all the steps necessary for the production of thermoelectric modules.
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