Screen printed flexible Bi2Te3-Sb2Te3based thermoelectric generator

Zhuo Cao, E Koukharenko, M J Tudor, R N Torah, S P Beeby
2013 Journal of Physics, Conference Series  
This paper reports the fabrication and testing of Bismuth Tellurium (Bi2Te3) -Antimony Tellurium (Sb2Te3) based thermocouples using screen printing technology. In this study, screen printable thermoelectric pastes were developed and the transport properties of cured material were measured. The dimension of each planer thermoleg is 39.3 mm × 3 mm with a thickness of 67 μm for Bi2Te3 leg and 62 μm for Sb2Te3 leg. A single thermocouple with this dimension can generate a voltage of 6 mV and a peak
more » ... utput power of 48 nW at a temperature difference of 20°C. The calculated Seebeck coefficient of a single thermocouple is in the range of 262 -282 μV/K. The Seebeck coefficient at room temperature were measured to be -134 − -119 μV/K and 128 − 134 μV/K for Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 respectively. This work demonstrates that the low-cost screen printing technology and low-temperature materials are promising for the fabrication of flexible thermoelectric generators (TEGs).
doi:10.1088/1742-6596/476/1/012031 fatcat:xkyelo6gbnd4xhgtnb5yyk7o6u