Thermoelectrics - Caltech Materials Science

Thermoelectrics Demonstrations (requires Flash Player)

Seebeck Effect

A typical thermoelectric module is utilized to convert heat into electricity (Seebeck effect). In this case a flame's heat is used to power an electric fan.

 

 

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Peltier Effect

A typical thermoelectric module is utilized to convert electricity into heat (Peltier Effect). In this case a DC power source is used to drive a thermoelectric heat pump. A thermal gradient is created by the current applied and at the cold side a glass of water is frozen.

 

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