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Heat pump, selective heating and cooling

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062 - Refrigeration

062300100 - USING ELECTRICAL OR MAGNETIC EFFECT

062300200 - Thermoelectric; e.g., peltier effect

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
062300300 Heat pump, selective heating and cooling 89
20110192173AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS - The air conditioning device for electronic components features three channels (08-11-2011
20100115968HEATING APPARATUS COMPRISING A THERMOELECTRIC DEVICE - The invention relates to a heating apparatus (05-13-2010
20100115969PORTABLE THERMOELECTRIC COOLING/HEATING UNIT AND RELATED MERCHANDIZING SYSTEM - A portable cooling/heating unit for cooling/heating a product container. The unit includes a thermoelectric assembly, a housing, a front side fan, and a rear side fan. The thermoelectric assembly includes a thermoelectric device, a first heat sink, and a second heat sink. The housing maintains the first heat sink and front fan within a front side channel, and the second heat sink and rear fan within a rear side channel. The housing further forms a condensation passageway segment that facilitates fluid connection between the channels. During use, the unit is removably assembled to the container such that openings of the front side channel are fluidly within the container's interior region. Accumulated condensation is directed to the rear side channel and evaporated.05-13-2010
20120174599THERMOELECTRIC COMPRESSED AIR AND/OR INERT GAS DRYER - A gas dryer is provided. The gas dryer includes a first opening structure forming a cooling pathway fluidly connected to the first opening; a first thermoelectric device thermally connected to the structure forming the cooling pathway and a heat exchanger. A condensate drain is located near an end of the cooling pathway and configured to drain condensate formed when a fluid is cooled along the cooling pathway. A structure forming a warming pathway is located between the condensate drain and a second opening, and a second thermoelectric device thermally connected between the structure forming cooling pathway and the structure forming the warming pathway and connected to exchange heat between the cooling pathway and the warming pathway. A method of drying a gas is provided. The method includes directing the gas through a cooling pathway, removing heat from the gas in the cooling pathway with a first thermoelectric device to a heat exchanger, condensing a fluid out of the gas. The method further includes draining the condensed fluid from the gas, directing the gas though a warming pathway and removing heat from gas in the cooling pathway with a second thermoelectric device and inserting that heat into gas in the warming pathway.07-12-2012
20100162728THERMOELECTRIC NANOWIRE ARRAY WITH LOW HEAT LEAKAGE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A thermoelectric nanowire array with a low heat leakage and a manufacturing method thereof are described. Nanowire array units separated from each other are formed on a substrate, and an air wall is formed at a region on the substrate free of the nanowire array units. Or, a polymeric material having a low thermal conductivity is combined with a template material so as to form a composite template structure for nanowires to deposit therein. With the design of the air wall or the composite template structure, the thermal reflow phenomenon of the thermoelectric nanowire array is avoided, thereby greatly improving a thermal dissipation efficiency of the thermoelectric nanowire array.07-01-2010
20100043451THERMOELECTRIC HOT/COLD PANS - A container temperature control system having an inner container and a receptacle in which the inner container can be positioned. A thermoelectric based heat transfer unit is positioned in an opening in the receptacle such that an interior portion thereof is by the inner container and an exterior portion thereof is outside with heat being selectively transferable between these interior and exterior portions.02-25-2010
20100107655CLIMATE CONTROL DEVICE - The invention relates to a climate control device having a cooling air outlet (05-06-2010
20090120105Thermal Haptic Effects - A thermal haptic feedback device includes a plurality of cells coupled to a processor. The processor controls each of the cells so that each cell can independently generate heating or cooling effects. Unique haptic effects, such as a simulated wind effect, can be generated by causing some cells to be hot or cold, or changing some of the cells from hot to cold.05-14-2009
20090308082Heating/Cooling System for a Motorcycle Rider - A motorcycle rider is heated by the steps of: transferring heat from atmosphere to a thermally conductive element mounted on a motorcycle by the Peltier effect; and circulating working liquid in a closed cycle from the thermally conductive element, through a garment worn by the motorcycle rider via an inlet coupling thereto and an outlet coupling therefrom, and then back to the thermally conductive element. In an alternative arrangement, a motorcycle rider is cooled by the steps of: circulating working liquid in a closed cycle through a garment worn by the rider via an outlet coupling therefrom, via a thermally conductive element mounted on the motorcycle, and then back to the an inlet coupling to the garment; and transferring heat from the thermally conductive element to atmosphere by the Peltier effect. In either case, both the inlet coupling and the outlet coupling are separable to allow the motorcycle rider to leave the motorcycle while still wearing the garment.12-17-2009
20090094991High Efficiency Hybrid Air Conditioning System - A hybrid air conditioning system (04-16-2009
20090094990Heat Pump System, in Particular for a Household Appliance - A heat pump system including a heat pump having at least two Peltier elements arranged in series and connected to an energy supply, the heat pump system comprising an electrical dropping resistor arranged in series with the Peltier elements, wherein the Peltier elements and the dropping resistor are jointly supplied with energy by the energy supply. The heat pump system is preferably used in a household appliance, in particular a tumble drier.04-16-2009
20090056344Device for adjusting the temperature of a physiological fluid - The invention relates to a device for adjusting the temperature of a physiological fluid. The inventive device includes: a casing (03-05-2009
20130061604STORAGE DEVICE - A storage device adapted to contain a food item such a butter comprises a closeable container, a means for maintaining a predetermined temperature with the container irrespective of ambient temperature and an internal power source adapted to power the means for maintaining a predetermined temperature. The closeable container is located on a recharging unit by way of spherical feet which are received in part-spherical cups on the recharging unit.03-14-2013
20120111027THERMOELECTRIC-ENHANCED, VAPOR-COMPRESSION REFRIGERATION APPARATUS FACILITATING COOLING OF AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT - Apparatus and method are provided for facilitating cooling of an electronic component. The apparatus includes a refrigerant loop, a compressor coupled to the refrigerant loop, and a controllable thermoelectric array disposed in thermal communication with the refrigerant loop. Refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant loop facilitates dissipation of heat from the electronic component, and the thermoelectric array is disposed with a first portion of the refrigerant loop, residing upstream of the compressor, in thermal contact with a first side of the array, and a second portion of the refrigerant loop, residing downstream of the compressor, in thermal contact with a second side of the array. The thermoelectric array ensures that refrigerant in the refrigerant loop entering the compressor is in a superheated thermodynamic state by transferring heat from refrigerant passing through the second portion to refrigerant passing through the first portion of the refrigerant loop.05-10-2012
20110289939PERSONAL BEVERAGE WARMERS AND COOLERS FOR VEHICLE SEATS - Example personal beverage warmers and coolers for vehicle seats are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus to regulate the temperature of a beverage near a seat of a vehicle, the apparatus includes: a base including a thermally conductive material that conducts heat in a direction that is at least one of to or from a container seated thereon, a thermoelectric device thermally coupled with the base and to be energized to exchange heat with the base, and a heat exchanger thermally coupled with the thermoelectric device and a liquid medium to exchange heat therebetween.12-01-2011
20080216484MAGNETIC REFRIGERATING MATERIAL AND MAGNETIC REFRIGERATING DEVICE - A magnetic refrigeration material includes: at least one selected from the group consisting of Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm and Tb by a range of 4 to 15 atomic percentages; at least one selected from the group consisting of Fe, Co, Ni, Mn and Cr by a range of 60 to 93 atomic percentages; at least one selected from the group consisting of Si, C, Ge, Al, Ga and In by a range of 2.9 to 23.5 atomic percentages; and at least one selected from the group consisting of Ta, Nb and W by a range of 1.5 atomic percentages or less, wherein the magnetic refrigeration material includes a NaZn09-11-2008
20100101239MULTI-MODE HVAC SYSTEM WITH THERMOELECTRIC DEVICE - Disclosed embodiments include systems for heating and cooling the interior climate of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the system comprises a conduit having a first fluid channel, a second fluid channel, a fluid diversion channel configured to divert fluid flow between the first and second channels, and a thermoelectric device operatively connected to the fluid conduit. In certain embodiments, the thermoelectric device comprises a plurality of thermal zones. In some embodiments, the plurality of thermal zones comprises a first thermal zone connected to a first electric circuit switchable between a first polarity and a second polarity and a second thermal zone connected to a second electric circuit switchable between the first polarity and the second polarity independent of the polarity of the first electric circuit.04-29-2010
20120096872Refrigerator - A refrigerator includes a main body provided with a storage chamber, a door to open and close the storage chamber, and an ice maker to make ice cubes, wherein the door includes a receiving chamber provided at a front surface of the door to receive the ice maker and an auxiliary door to open and close the receiving chamber. Accordingly, since the receiving chamber may be opened through the auxiliary door without opening of the door, the ice maker may be conveniently cleaned or repaired.04-26-2012
20110197597System and method for thermal process including a thermoelectric heat pump and internal heat exchanger - A system for using a thermal cycle for heating or cooling. The system comprises a thermoelectric module flowing a gas; and an internal heat exchanger flowing the gas and exchanging heat between the gas and another fluid; the gas flow from at least one of the thermoelectric module and the internal heat exchanger flowing for heating or cooling. The system may be for using a closed cycle to remove a liquid from at least one object comprising moisture, the system comprising an enclosure containing the at least one object and arranged to receive a hot and dry gas for flow over the at least one object and thereby to produce a flow of moist gas at an intermediate temperature. The internal heat exchanger is arranged to exchange heat between the flow of the moist gas at the intermediate temperature and a flow of cold dry gas, thereby producing cooled moist gas and pre-warmed dry gas. The thermoelectric module comprises a first heat exchanger in heat exchange relationship with a cold side of the thermoelectric module and a second heat exchanger in heat exchange relationship with a hot side of the thermoelectric module. The first heat exchanger is arranged to flow the cooled moist gas in heat exchange relationship with the cold side of the thermoelectric module thereby condensing the liquid in the cooled moist gas and producing cold dry gas, which is arranged to be flowed through the internal heat exchanger thereby producing the pre-warmed dry gas. The second heat exchanger is arranged to flow the pre-warmed dry gas in heat exchange relationship with the hot side of the thermoelectric module, thereby closing the cycle by producing the hot dry gas arranged to be received by the enclosure.08-18-2011
20100218512Heat exchanger for thermoelectric applications - A thermoelectric system (09-02-2010
20090288424Enclosure for surveillance hardware - The enclosure for surveillance hardware provided herein protects the hardware from external elements and from damage. The enclosure may be configured for a node of a peer to peer surveillance architecture. The enclosure may comprise a sealed component chamber and an adjacent support chamber. The sealed component chamber may enclose the components therein in an air or watertight manner. The support chamber may comprise an airflow system and thermal conductor which regulates the temperature in the component chamber. The enclosure may be formed from a multilayer material having various protective qualities. A controller may be provided to control operation of the airflow system and thermal conductor in response to changes in temperature.11-26-2009
20080250794THERMOELECTRIC PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT APPLIANCE - A personal environment appliance is disclosed in which a person in a localized area can individually control the ambient conditions of the person's localized area. The control permits highly localized adjustment to suit individual preferences, thereby, reducing the impact of individual environmental preferences on the individuals. In addition to environment conditions, a variety of accessories may be provided such as beverage heaters and/or coolers.10-16-2008
20100275615Electrical lunch box - The enclosed component is a food container especially created to warm and cool food and/or beverages housed therein simultaneously and/or separately and to keep food and/or beverages housed therein warm and/or cold. The said container features two different compartments, a cooled and a heated compartment equally separated by an insulated divider made of ABS to prevent each compartment from absorbing the neighboring temperature. Both compartments can be used as heated and/or cooled environment simultaneously and/or separately by setting its respective switch to the desired mode: warm and/or cold. Each compartment is constructed to be operated together or separately without affecting the temperature of each other. It also features a 6-foot car adapter, a 6-foot 12-volt AC adapter, a rectangular lid with four cup holders located one in each corner and plate holder in the middle, two removable trays for salad and/or fruit, and a soft belt/handle. It works by plugging into a car cigarette lighter or AC outlet. The overall Weight of the container is 5.9 lbs. It can be used by a variety of individuals such as, construction workers, taxi drivers, truck drivers, bus drivers, limo drivers, long distance travelers, Environment protection workers, nursing mothers to keep their baby's bottles at ideal temperature, warm or cold. The thermoelectric machinery of the container is constructed as an integral modular body, which can be removed and/or installed from the main body of the container in one piece.11-04-2010
20080271462THERMAL ELECTRIC HVAC MODULE - A heating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system includes: a fan blower; and a cross-flow heat exchanger in fluid communication with the fan blower. The cross-flow heat exchanger includes a first set of conduits which define a first communication path, a second set of conduits which define a second communication path and a thermoelectric device therebetween.11-06-2008
20110203296TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for controlling the temperature of an electrical device is described. The system includes a heat sink system in conjunction with a thermoelectric assembly. The systems and methods are particularly suitable in NEMA-08-25-2011
20090173082NOVEL SOLID STATE THERMOVOLTAIC DEVICE FOR ISOTHERMAL POWER GENERATION AND COOLING - A device for simultaneously generating electrical power and cooling, including an active layer for intrinsically transducing thermal energy into electrical energy, a first electrical contact having a first work function and a second electrical contact having a second work function, a first electron diffusion barrier positioned between and in electric communication with the active layer and the first electrical contact, and a second electron diffusion barrier positioned between and in electric communication with the active layer and the second electrical contact. The first work function and the second work function are nonidentical. Transduction of thermal energy into electrical energy yields thermally generated electrical carriers of both positive and negative charge, wherein thermally generated electrical carriers are separated according to charge to either the first electrical contact or the second electrical contact, thereby lowering the average thermal energy of the active layer.07-09-2009
20120067064THERMO-ELECTRIC STRUCTURE - The invention is a split-thermo-electric structure for cooling, heating, or stabilizing the temperature of an object or for electric power generation. The structure of the invention is comprised of one or more legs comprised of two or more layers of thermo-electric material and a connection layer (03-22-2012
20090100842Hybrid thermoelectric-vapor compression system - A heating and cooling system to maintain an area at a desired temperature including a thermoelectric device (04-23-2009
20090205342AUXILIARY COOLING AND HEATING APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOBILES USING THERMOELECTRIC MODULE - An auxiliary cooling and heating apparatus for automobiles using a thermoelectric module, in which a thermoelectric module is divided into plural ones and supplied with electric power sequentially to reduce inrush current of the thermoelectric module, thereby reducing a load of an electric system of the automobile and increasing durability of the electric system, and enhancing efficiency of the thermoelectric module by controlling capacity in the optimum state.08-20-2009
20090288425HEAT REGULATING DEVICE FOR AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - The present invention provides for a system and method for regulating and monitoring heat dissipation of an integrated circuit by employing a heat regulating device with a thermal structure net work assembly. Each thermal structure can act as a heat conducting pathway for inducing heat into and/or dissipating heat away from the integrated circuit, thus creating a more uniform temperature gradient across the semiconductor body.11-26-2009
20110107772THERMOELECTRIC DEVICE EFFICIENCY ENHANCEMENT USING DYNAMIC FEEDBACK - A cooling system is disclosed including a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger, a means for regulating a flow of a fluid, and a thermoelectric device for cooling a fluid, wherein a difference in temperature between a hot side and a cold side of the thermoelectric device is minimized and an efficiency of the thermoelectric device is maximized.05-12-2011
20100146991THERMO-ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS - This invention relates to providing energy efficient thermoelectric heat pump systems for iso-thermal transport and storage, of perishable goods, such as vaccines, chemicals, biologicals, and other temperature sensitive goods. Also this invention relates to providing energy efficient iso-thermal transport and storage systems, of perishable goods, which are compact, light weight. This invention further relates to providing on-board energy storage for sustaining, for multiple days, the ability of such iso-thermal transport and storage systems to maintain temperature sensitive goods at a constant-temperature.06-17-2010
20090288423Thermoelectirc cooling for a refrigerated display case - A refrigerated display case (11-26-2009
20100313575THERMOELECTRIC-BASED HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM - Disclosed is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for a vehicle that operates in a heating mode, a cooling mode or a demisting mode. In some embodiments, the system includes a first circuit having first pump for circulating a first medium therein, a second circuit having a second pump for circulating a second medium therein and a thermoelectric module having a first surface in thermal contact with the first medium and a second surface in thermal contact with the second medium.12-16-2010
20100313576HYBRID VEHICLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a hybrid vehicle is disclosed, the HVAC system including at least one thermoelectric device for providing supplemental heating and cooling for air supplied to a passenger compartment of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the HVAC system has at least a first circuit and a second circuit. The first circuit can be configured to transfer heat to or from an electric side of the hybrid vehicle. The second circuit can be configured to transfer heat to or from a fuel-fed side of the hybrid vehicle.12-16-2010
20110107771FOOTWEAR TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS - Embodiments herein relate to footwear, such as a boots and shoes, and in particular to footwear having a removable element, such as a liner, that includes temperature control elements for controllably regulating and/or altering the temperature of the footwear and thus the wearer's foot. Various embodiments also include an electrical contact in the foot bed adapted to couple to the temperature control element in the liner, and a power source, controller, and actuator coupled to the footwear upper.05-12-2011
20100186422Efficient and light weight thermoelectric waste heat recovery system - One embodiment includes an on-board thermoelectric vehicle system for generating electrical energy using a heated fluid stream, including at least one thermoelectric device having a high temperature junction and a low temperature junction, and a body of high conductivity foam shaped and located to increase heat transfer from the heated fluid stream to the high temperature junction or to increase heat transfer from the low temperature junction of the thermoelectric device.07-29-2010
20120266609CAN HEATING AND COOLING DEVICE - An exemplary can heating and cooling device includes a container made of thermally conductive material, a heat spreader with a heat spreading portion and a heat exchanging portion, and a heat exchanger with a thermoelectric cooling chip and a heat sink. The container includes an outer side wall with a planar thermal contacting section of the container. The heat spreading portion of the heat spreader contacts the outer side wall of the container. The heat exchanging portion of the heat spreader contacts the planar thermal contacting section of the container. The thermoelectric cooling chip includes a first surface thermally connected with the heat exchanging portion of the heat spreader, and a second surface thermally connected with the heat sink.10-25-2012
20110083445Portable medical container with active temperature control - A temperature-controlled portable container for carrying an injector is provided. The temperature-controlled portable container includes an outer container and an inner container disposed within the outer container. The injector is stored within the inner container, and the inner container is constructed of a thermally conductive material. The temperature-controlled portable container also includes a temperature control device, which maintains an inner container temperature above a first predetermined temperature and below a second predetermined temperature, where the second predetermined temperature is higher than the first predetermined temperature. The temperature-controlled portable container also includes a processor subsystem and a portable power source. The portable power source is coupled to the temperature control device and the processor subsystem, and provides power to the temperature control device and the processor subsystem.04-14-2011
20110239663AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM - Heat exchangers of a refrigerant circuit are constructed of a first adsorption heat exchanger and a second adsorption heat exchanger, both of which have an adsorbent supported thereon, and are constructed so as to be switched into an evaporator and a condenser. An air passage is constructed so as to be switched into states in which air flowing from the outside of a room to the inside of the room and air flowing from the inside of the room to the outside of the room flow through either of the first adsorption heat exchanger and the second adsorption heat exchanger. A dehumidifying operation mode and a humidifying operation mode can be performed by switching the flow of refrigerant and the flow of air at specified intervals, a cooling operation mode and a heating operation mode can be performed without switching the flow of refrigerant and the flow of air, and an ventilating operation mode can be performed by flowing air through the air passage in a state where the refrigerant circuit is stopped.10-06-2011
20110061401HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE SEAT - A heating and cooling apparatus for a vehicle seat, may include a blower blowing air into a duct leading to the vehicle seat, and a thermoelectric element assembly connected to the duct and including a thermoelectric element that heats or cools air introduced toward the vehicle seat from the duct, the thermoelectric element having condensed water passages penetrating from one side to the other side thereof to allow condensed water to flow therethrough.03-17-2011
20100058776BOTTLE STAND WITH ACTIVE COOLING - A bottle display stand with an active cooling function. The display stand includes a housing having an opening into which a beverage bottle may be inserted. A reservoir for containing a cooling medium is disposed inside the hollow housing. A pump, in fluid communication with the reservoir, recirculates the cooling medium from the reservoir through a fluid passageway and out of a spray jet. The spray jet is aimed at an upper region of the bottle, preferably the shoulder. Cooling medium travels down the body of the bottle substantially in a thin film that does not obscure the bottle or its label and creates a waterfall- or fountain-type effect that is extremely aesthetically pleasing without splashing, dripping, or a similar mess. Simultaneously, the thin film of cooling medium chills the beverage and keeps it cold. A cooling unit may optionally remove heat from the cooling medium.03-11-2010
20130213058THERMOELECTRIC-BASED THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Disclosed is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for a vehicle that operates in a heating mode, a cooling mode or a demisting mode. In some embodiments, the system includes a first circuit having first pump for circulating a first medium therein, a second circuit having a second pump for circulating a second medium therein and a thermoelectric module having a first surface in thermal contact with the first medium and a second surface in thermal contact with the second medium.08-22-2013
20110100021AIR CONDITIONER - An air conditioner includes a heat storage unit having a heat storage medium, a first heat exchanger for heat exchange with air in a compartment, a second heat exchanger for heat exchange with outside air, and a peltier unit having a first and second heat exchange surfaces opposite to each other. The first heat exchange surface is thermally conductive to the heat storage unit, and the second heat exchange surface is thermally conductive to the first and second heat exchangers. In heat storage mode electric current flows through the peltier unit in one direction to provide heat transfer between the second heat exchanger and the heat storage unit. In air conditioning mode electric current flows through the peltier unit in the other direction to provide heat transfer between the first heat exchanger and the heat storage unit.05-05-2011
20110061402HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE SEAT - A heating and cooling system for a vehicle seat, may include a housing having an air supply port through which air communicates with the vehicle seat and an air exhaust hole through which air communicates with the outside of the housing, a thermoelectric element located in the housing between the air supply port and the air exhaust hole to selectively heat or cool air, which is directed toward the air supply port or the air exhaust hole, and a first blower fan provided in the air supply port to communicate air between the vehicle seat and the thermoelectric element.03-17-2011
20110048033CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method for thermally conditioning a space adjacent a seat assembly includes activating a heating element positioned within the seat assembly beneath a seat covering. A fluid module that includes a fluid supply device and a thermoelectric element is activated to direct heated air from the fluid module to a space adjacent the seat assembly through a distribution system formed at least partially in the seat cushion. After a period of time, the heating element is deactivated.03-03-2011
20110079023ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID-ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Some embodiments provide a system for optimizing electrical power management in a vehicle. The system includes a HVAC device and a thermal storage device, both configured to provide heating and cooling to an occupant compartment of the vehicle. The system further includes a controller connected to an electrical storage device and an electrical generating device. The controller receives electrical power generated by the electrical generating device and directs the electrical power to satisfy the vehicle's power requirements and/or stores the electrical power in at least one of the electrical storage device and the thermal storage device. Furthermore, the controller directs at least one of the HVAC device and the thermal storage device to provide heating and cooling to the occupant compartment of the vehicle, depending on the available storage of the thermal storage unit or occupant compartment demands.04-07-2011
20110016888THERMOELECTRIC MODULE - The thermoelectric module composed of p- and n-conducting thermoelectric material legs which are mutually connected to one another via electrically conductive contacts, is characterized by the fact that the electrically conductive contacts have on the cold and hot sides of the thermoelectric module between the thermoelectric material legs in their course at least one flexibility location which permits flexure and slight displacement of the thermoelectric material legs relative to one another.01-27-2011
20110252813Point-of-Use Holding Cabinet - A point-of-use food holding cabinet keeps food products cold using a conventional refrigeration device or a semiconductor solid state heat sink. In one embodiment, one compartment can be kept cold or refrigerated while an adjacent compartment can be kept warm or hot. Solid state heat pumps such as Peltier devices absorb heat on one side and emit heat on the other. By configuring the solid state heat sinks appropriately, one compartment or shelf of a holding cabinet can be refrigerated while an adjacent compartment can be kept warm.10-20-2011
20090049843Domestic Appliance Comprising a Thermoelectric Heat Pump - A domestic appliance, which may be a tumble dryer, includes a thermoelectric heat pump; at least one series of Peltier elements operationally associated with the heat pump and driven by a supply voltage for producing heat during appliance operation wherein the resistance of the Peltier elements increases with increasing temperature and wherein a threshold temperature for the Peltier elements is defined; and a heat flow path for dissipating heat produced by the Peltier elements wherein at a maximum temperature of the Peltier elements above a normal operating temperature and below the threshold temperature the power of the heat dissipated through the heat flow path is substantially equal to the electrical power drawn by the Peltier elements from the supply voltage.02-26-2009
20110162389THERMOELECTRICS UTILIZING CONVECTIVE HEAT FLOW - An improved efficiency thermoelectric system is disclosed wherein convection is actively facilitated through a thermoelectric array. Thermoelectrics are commonly used for cooling and heating applications. Thermal power is convected through a thermoelectric array toward at least one side of the thermoelectric array, which leads to increased efficiency. Several different configurations are disclosed to provide convective thermal power transport, using a convective medium. In addition, a control system is disclosed which responds to one or more inputs to make adjustments to the thermoelectric system.07-07-2011
20120144844AIR-CONDITIONING VENTILATION SEAT MODULE FOR VEHICLES - An air-conditioning ventilation seat module for vehicles, may include a blower unit having a housing, a thermoelectric module having a casing mounted in the housing, wherein a thermoelectric device may be mounted in the casing, and wherein an internal space of the casing may be divided into a cold air path and a hot air path, a separator connected to one side of the thermoelectric module between the cold air path and the hot air path and having a curved section in order to maximize an amount of absorbing a condensate that may be created by a temperature difference between the cold air path and the hot air path when the seat module operates in cooling mode.06-14-2012
20100018220APPARATUS FOR HEATING OR COOLING AND MONITORING CONSUMPTION OF A BEVERAGE - An apparatus selectively heats or cools a beverage in a beverage container and indicates an amount of beverage in the beverage container. The apparatus comprises a portable housing having a door opening into a thermal chamber that is well suited for heating or cooling a 16-ounce (370 milliliter) beverage container. A control module controls a thermoelectric cooler to alternatively heat or cool the beverage. A scale weighs the beverage container and beverage and outputs a value related to a weight of beverage in the container. A display module optionally displays time and weight data related to beverage consumption. The thermoelectric cooler may optionally be controlled to reduce audible noise or to reduce energy consumption. A flexible arm and tubing clip hold a drinking straw in a convenient position for drinking. Power for the apparatus may optionally by supplied by an AC-to-DC converter with a 12 VDC output or from a 12-volt battery.01-28-2010
20090126370Thermoelectric Heat Pump for Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilation - A thermoelectric heat pump (05-21-2009
20110132000Thermoelectric Heating/Cooling Structures Including a Plurality of Spaced Apart Thermoelectric Components - A thermoelectric heating/cooling structure may include a heat exchanger and a heat spreader spaced apart from the heat exchanger. In addition, a plurality of spaced apart thermoelectric components may be thermally coupled in parallel between the heat exchanger and the heat spreader. More particularly, each of the thermoelectric components may include a first header adjacent the heat exchanger, a second header adjacent the heat spreader, and a plurality of thermoelectric elements thermally coupled in parallel between the first and second headers. The first headers of the thermoelectric components may be spaced apart adjacent the heat exchanger, and the second headers of the thermoelectric components may be spaced apart adjacent the heat spreader.06-09-2011
20080264068Magnetic Convection Heat Circulation Pump - A magnetic convection heat circulation pump, wherein magnets are disposed inside a magnetic field flow passage for passing a magnetic fluid therein or on a part of the inner wall surface of a circulation flow passage in a magnetic pump thermally joined to a heat receiving part. The magnetic fluid is driven since a magnetic force is directly applied to the magnetic fluid and a large temperature gradient is produced between the heat receiving part and the magnetic pump due to a difference between a heat quantity transferred from the heat receiving part indirectly to the magnetic pump and the heat quantity of the magnetic fluid led into the magnetic pump.10-30-2008
20110041516HEAT PUMP FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS - A component has an outer wall defining an interior chamber to be cooled. Electronic equipment is mounted within the outer wall in the chamber. A thermoelectric cooler has a cool node positioned to be within the chamber, and a hot node positioned outwardly of the outer wall. A fuel cell provides electricity to the thermoelectric cooler. The fuel cell is mounted outwardly of the outer wall.02-24-2011
20100132380Thermoelectric heat transferring unit - A thermoelectric heat transferring unit for transferring heat between an enclosed space and outside of the enclosed space includes a thermoelectric module, a control module, an air intake duct, and an air return duct. The thermoelectric module includes an upper air flow chamber arranged on the enclosed-space side, a lower air flow chamber arranged on the external side, and at least one array of thermoelectric chips sandwiched directly between the upper chamber and the lower chamber. Each of the chambers has a heat sink with heat sink fins and is connected to the thermoelectric chips. The control module controls the heat to be transferred from the upper chamber via the thermoelectric chips to the lower chamber in a cooling mode, and controls the heat to be transferred from the lower chamber via the thermoelectric chips to the upper chamber in a heating mode.06-03-2010
20120204577Flexible modular hierarchical adaptively controlled electronic-system cooling and energy harvesting for IC chip packaging, printed circuit boards, subsystems, cages, racks, IT rooms, and data centers using quantum and classical thermoelectric materials - A system for adaptive cooling and heat gathering, the method comprising a thermoelectric device capable of acting as a thermoelectric cooler in a heat pump mode and as a thermoelectric generator in a heat engine operating mode, a control system received provided input signals and providing a control output; and switching electronics controlled by the control output and connected to the thermoelectric device, wherein the control system controls the operating mode of the thermoelectric device responsive to provided input signals.08-16-2012
20120055170Thermoelectric Cooling Systems and Engines - A space efficient system especially suited for use as an entirely self-contained stand-alone unit usable in any of multiple contexts where heating or cooling of a defined-volume or enclosure is required. Hot or cold sides of the thermoelectric assemblies face toward one another into a central airflow that enters and exits a housing through a top or bottom of the housing that faces into the enclosure, and the opposite sides of the thermoelectric modules face into channels on opposite sides of the central airflow. The channels can be connected to intake and exhaust air through a common end of the housing, or be separated to individually intake and exhaust air at opposing ends of the housing. Fastener-free mounting of components between insulation shells that cooperate with the thermoelectric assemblies to define the channel boundaries results in tool-free configurability of components for servicing, maintaining, reconfiguring, scaling or customizing of the system.03-08-2012
20110120146Air Conditioner for vehicle - An air conditioner for a vehicle includes first and second heating heat exchangers disposed to heat air by using a cooling fluid for cooling an engine as a heat source, a heater disposed to heat the cooling fluid flowing to the second heating heat exchanger, and a controller that outputs an operation request signal to the engine when a temperature of the cooling fluid is lower than a predetermined temperature. The first and second heating heat exchangers are arranged in parallel with respect to a flow direction of the cooling fluid. In the air conditioner, the controller controls a flow amount of the cooling fluid flowing into the second heating heat exchanger to be, smaller than a flow amount of the cooling fluid flowing into the first heating heat exchanger when the heater heats the cooling fluid flowing to the second heating heat exchanger.05-26-2011
20100139290ENCLOSURE FOR SURVEILLANCE HARDWARE - The enclosure for surveillance hardware provided herein protects the hardware from external elements and from damage. The enclosure may be configured for a node of a peer to peer surveillance architecture or other devices, and for mobile or other applications. The enclosure may comprise a sealed component chamber and an adjacent support chamber. The sealed component chamber may enclose the components therein in an air or watertight manner. The support chamber may comprise an airflow system and thermal conductor which regulates the temperature in the component chamber. The enclosure may be formed from a multilayer material having various protective qualities. A controller may be provided to control operation of the airflow system and thermal conductor in response to changes in temperature.06-10-2010
20110179806COOLING APPARATUS - Disclosed is a cooling apparatus including: a heat receiving plate to which a plurality of heating elements are attached; a radiator plate to which a plurality of Peltier devices are attached; a thermal transport heat pipe that couples the heat receiving plate with the radiator plate; and a heat dissipating device being provided on an exothermic side of the Peltier devices; wherein the plurality of heating elements are arranged along a longitudinal direction of the thermal transport heat pipe, and the plurality of Peltier devices are arranged along the longitudinal direction of the thermal transport heat pipe, whereby, when using a plurality of Peltier devices, reducing power consumption thereof by equalizing each operation of the respective Peltier devices.07-28-2011
20120125014THERMO-ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS - The invention is directed to an energy efficient thermoelectric heat pump assembly. The thermoelectric heat pump assembly preferably comprises two to nine thermoelectric unit layers capable of active use of the Peltier effect; and at least one capacitance spacer block suitable for storing heat and providing a delayed thermal reaction time of the assembly. The capacitance spacer block is thermally connected between the thermoelectric unit layers. The present invention further relates to a thermoelectric transport and storage devices for transporting or storing temperature sensitive goods, for example, vaccines, chemicals, biologicals, and other temperature sensitive goods. Preferably the transport or storage devices are configured and provide on-board energy storage for sustaining, for multiple days, at a constant-temperature, with an acceptable temperature variation band.05-24-2012
20120159967THERMOELECTRIC APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a thermoelectric apparatus, including: a power supply unit outputting AC power; a plurality of thermoelectric modules including substrates, electrodes and thermoelectric elements; a rectifier configured of a pair of diodes each connected in series at one side of the respective thermoelectric modules, the diodes having a different direction; and a path selection unit selecting any one of the pair of diodes having a different direction and connecting the diode to the power supply unit.06-28-2012
20120210732Arrangement For Air Conditioning Rooms And Heat Pump Unit For Use In The Arrangement - The invention relates to an arrangement for air-conditioning rooms and to a heat pump for use in such an arrangement. The arrangement comprises a central heating device, to which multiple lines containing a heat-exchanging fluid are connected. The arrangement additionally comprises multiple decentralized, electrically operated heat pump units, which are energetically connected to the central heating device via the mentioned lines. The respective heat pump unit has a plurality of heat pump modules, which absorb thermal energy from the fluid for heating or deliver thermal energy to the fluid for cooling and/or dehumidifying. The mentioned heat pump modules preferably comprise Peltier elements acting as heat pump elements.08-23-2012
20120247126VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER - A vehicle air conditioner includes a thermoelectric conversion module, a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger, a first air-conditioning heat exchanger, a second air-conditioning heat exchanger, a radiator, a first circuit connecting the first heat exchanger and the first air-conditioning heat exchanger and a second circuit connecting the second heat exchanger, the second air-conditioning heat exchanger and the radiator. The second circuit includes a bypass passage that bypasses the second air-conditioning heat exchanger and a first switching device switching selectively between a first position where heat exchange medium flows through the bypass passage without allowing the heat exchange medium to flow through the second air-conditioning heat exchanger and a second position where the heat exchange medium flows through the second air-conditioning heat exchanger.10-04-2012
20120312029THERMOELECTRIC HEAT EXCHANGER - A thermoelectric heat exchanger for heating or cooling a medium, that includes at least one first tube for carrying a first medium and at least one second tube for carrying the first medium. The second tube being arranged substantially parallel to the first tube. The thermoelectric heat exchanger also has a casing element that is interposed between the first and the second tube, the casing element comprising a first casing part that is connectable to the first tube and at least one second casing part that forms a fluid channel for a second medium. A thermoelectric element for heating or cooling the first or second medium is interposed between the first and second casing part, the thermoelectric element being closed relative to the first and/or the second medium in a fluid-tight manner via the casing element.12-13-2012
20120073309THERMOELECTRIC DRINKING APPARATUS AND THERMOELECTRIC HEAT PUMP - A thermoelectric drinking apparatus has a feeding pipe, a cooling-gain circulating loop, a heating-gain circulating loop, an outlet pipe, and a thermoelectric heat pump. The thermoelectric heat pump has a cooling unit attached to the cold side of a thermoelectric chip, which has a cooling channel in its interior, and a heating unit attached to the hot side of the thermoelectric chip and provided with a heating channel in its interior. The feeding pipe conducts fluid into the cooling channel and the heating channel respectively. The cooling-gain and heating-gain circulating loop respectively cause fluids in the cooling channel and heating channel to create circular flows, such that the cold side and hot side of the thermoelectric chip respectively cool and heat the fluids via the cooling channel and heating channel. The outlet pipe discharges the cooled and/or heated fluids respectively from the cooling-gain circulating loop and heating-gain circulating loop.03-29-2012
20090044545Modular Semi-Conservative and Self-Scaling Electronics Cooling System - A modular electronic cooling system with moving parts, composed of a base unit and individual modules inserted into this base unit in respect to the expected upper limit of the heat load is presented. This cooling system utilizes thermoelectric power generation and the heat load itself to allow for operation independent of any external power source. By the same mechanism the cooling system scales within a range beyond initial configuration, automatically reacting to and dissipating a dynamic heat load via forced convection, and doing so passively, without the need for specific programming. The said cooling system comprises of porous material or multi-layered mesh parts, thermoelectric components, a modular assembly system and independent enclosure parts for described porous material or multi-layered mesh, an electronics control system that may be passively activated, and a motor assembly. Altogether the system provides maximum efficiency in terms of form factor.02-19-2009
20120186272PORTABLE COOLER AND WARMER USING THERMOELECTRIC ELEMENT - A portable cooler and warmer having improving cooling and/or heating performances and an improving assembling characteristic is provided. The portable cooler and warmer includes: a body to form an insulating space inside the portable cooler and warmer; a door to be disposed on a side of the body; a thermoelectric module to generate a temperature difference between the insulating space and an outside of the body; and an air blower to circulate air inside the insulating space to exchange heat with the thermoelectric module, wherein the air which has exchanged heat with the thermoelectric module is discharged in a direction parallel with the door.07-26-2012
20100326091AUTOMATIC COLD AND HOT AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM - The various embodiments herein provide an air conditioner system for providing cold and warm air in cars and buildings. The air conditioner system includes a chamber, a plurality of input air blades, a plurality of input air filters, an electrical ventilator, one or more wet heat exchangers, and one or more dry heat exchangers installed in the chamber, an outgoing air heat exchanger, an operation selection valve, an electrical circulating pump, one or more sets of water sprayers nozzles, one or more water sprayer pumps, one or more thermoelectric modules and a microcontroller unit. The passing of air through the chamber is automatically controlled by the microcontroller unit based on the operation of the system in the cooling or heating mode. The air is cooled in the cooling mode using the multistage water evaporation mechanism.12-30-2010
20120079836COOLING AND HEATING DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A cooling and heating device for an electric vehicle includes a blower unit, which contains therein a blower in order to forcibly blow intake air. A temperature control unit is connected to the blower unit to receive air that is blown from the blower unit. A heat exchanger core having a thermoelectric element is disposed inside the temperature control unit. A heat pipe transfers heat. One end of the heat pipe is in contact with one surface of the thermoelectric element. Heat dissipation fins are disposed on the other end of the heat pipe. A cooling passage contains therein the heat dissipation fins of the heat pipe. Coolant fluid flows inside the cooling passage so that the coolant fluid performs heat exchange with the heat dissipation fins. The cooling and heating device can be used with electric vehicles and can increase cooling efficiency.04-05-2012
20130008181INTEGRATION OF DISTRIBUTED THERMOELECTRIC HEATING AND COOLING - A thermoelectric device comprising an elongated panel, formed of a thermally insulating material, and having a plurality of thermoelectric elements comprising compacted conductors inside the insulating material and expanded conductors outside the insulating material wherein the thermoelectric elements run substantially parallel to or at an acute angle relative to the long dimension of the panel. The thermoelectric device may be integrated into a variety of surfaces or enclosures needing heating or cooling with controls and configurations to optimize the application.01-10-2013
20110146301Food or Beverage Serving Apparatus that Maintains Non-Ambient Temperatures - A food or beverage serving apparatus is associated with a heat source or sink and one or more heat transfer devices. The food or beverage serving apparatus includes a serving surface for supporting a food or beverage. Each of the one or more heat transfer devices has a first portion in thermal communication with the serving surface and a second portion in thermal communication with the heat source or sink. The one or more heat transfer devices communicate heat between the first portion and the second portion via phase change of an internal working fluid.06-23-2011
20130019611Personal Temperature Control System - A personal temperature control system includes an article having flexible tubing through it for circulating a heat transfer fluid and an article coupling affixed to distal ends of the flexible tubing. The article coupling releasably couples to a heat exchanger having a thermoelectric cooling/heating unit having one or more TEC plates, an aluminum heat sink, a fan and a controller in electrical communication with the TEC plates, a heat exchanger coupling adapted to releasably connect to the article coupling, an outlet line fluidly connecting the thermoelectric cooling/heating unit and the heat exchanger coupling, a return line fluidly connecting the thermoelectric cooling/heating unit and the heat exchanger coupling, a fluid reservoir in fluid communication with the outlet and return lines, the fluid reservoir forming a housing for the TEC plates, a pump in fluid communication with at least one of the outlet and return lines, and a power supply in electrical communication with the controller and the pump.01-24-2013
20100037626TEMPERATURE CALIBRATION DEVICE HAVING RECONFIGURABLE HEATING/COOLING MODULES TO PROVIDE WIDE TEMPERATURE RANGE - A temperature calibration device uses Peltier cells for heating and cooling. The Peltier cells are connected to a relay that connects the cells to each other in one configuration for heating and a different configuration for cooling. The Peltier cells also receive supply voltages having different magnitudes and polarities for heating and cooling. By changing the manner in which the Peltier cells are connected to each other and using different supply voltages for heating and cooling, the cells are able to operate closer to their specified maximum temperature differential without sacrificing the useful life of the cells.02-18-2010
20080202125Packaged Small-Duct, High-Velocity Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Apparatus - A packaged small-duct, high-velocity air conditioning and heat pump apparatus has a compact construction that facilitates its incorporation into a building structure and its connection with a small-duct, high-velocity air distribution system. The compact construction of the apparatus is achieved by a novel arrangement of a refrigerant fluid compressor, a condenser coil, an evaporator coil, expansion valves, a reversing valve, a hot water coil, a condenser fan, an evaporator fan, and control systems for the condenser and evaporator in a single enclosure that can be easily mounted in a wall of a structure to provide heating and air conditioning to the interior of the structure.08-28-2008
20130174579HVAC SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE - A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a hybrid vehicle is disclosed, the HVAC system including at least one thermoelectric device for providing supplemental heating and cooling for air supplied to a passenger compartment of the vehicle to maximize an efficiency of operation of the hybrid vehicle during operation of the HVAC system.07-11-2013
20130125563CONDENSATE WATER REMOVING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONERS - A condensate water removing apparatus for vehicle air conditioners which quickly removes condensate water generated from a thermoelement assembly. The apparatus includes: a thermoelement assembly installed in an air channel that guides air sucked and blown by a blower fan for heating or cooling; a partition plate placed to come into contact with the thermoelement assembly so that it guides air when sucked air passes through the thermoelement assembly so as to become cooling or heating air, the partition plate partitioning the air channel into an air supply channel and an air discharge channel; and a moisture absorbing material covering the thermoelement assembly and extending from the air supply channel to the air discharge channel so that the moisture absorbing material absorbs condensate water generated from the air supply channel and guides the condensate water to the air discharge channel, thereby removing the condensate water in the air discharge channel.05-23-2013
20130133338USE OF ENERGY HARVESTED BY ADAPTIVE COOLING AND ENERGY HARVESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Arrangements for the use of energy harvested by adaptive cooling and energy harvesting arrangements for use in information technology and other heat-producing equipment are disclosed. The arrangements provide for cooling and energy harvesting subsystems, each of which can operate in isolation and can be interconnected with additional subsystems in peer and hierarchical relationships. Each subsystem comprises at least one thermoelectric device capable of acting as a thermoelectric cooler and as a thermoelectric generator, a control system, and electronics controlled to selectively configure the thermoelectric device in at least in a thermoelectric cooler operating mode and in a thermoelectric generation operating mode. The thermoelectric device can incorporate quantum-process and quantum-well materials for higher heat transfer and thermoelectric generation efficiencies. The arrangement is configured so that the harvested energy is used for a function by the article of heat-producing equipment, including charging a backup battery, or for cooling operations.05-30-2013
20130174578Heating and Cooling Unit with Semiconductor Device and Heat Pipe - Aspects of the invention support simultaneous operation of a cooling side and a heating side of an apparatus to change the temperatures of a cooling serving surface and a heating serving surface, respectively. A cooling semiconductor device (which may comprise one or more Peltier devices) transfers heat from its top to its bottom while a heating semiconductor device (which may similarly comprise one or more Peltier devices) transfers heat from its bottom to its top. A heat pipe transfers waste heat from the cooling semiconductor device's bottom to the heating semiconductor device's bottom and waste cold from the heating semiconductor device's bottom to the cooling semiconductor device's bottom.07-11-2013
20130174580Household System with Multiple Peltier Systems - A household system (07-11-2013
20130152604FLUID TEMPERATURE ADJUSTING DEVICE - A fluid temperature adjusting device includes: a heater configured to heat a fluid passing through a fluid passageway; a peltier module including a plurality of peltier elements, the peltier module configured to heat or cool the fluid passing through the fluid passageway; and a controller configured to supply thermal energy from both the heater and the peltier module to the fluid and switch magnitudes of an operation amount of the heater and an operation amount of the peltier module when heating the fluid so that the fluid is kept at a target temperature.06-20-2013
20130152605FLUID TEMPERATURE ADJUSTING DEVICE - A fluid temperature adjusting device includes: a heater configured to heat a fluid passing through a fluid passageway; a peltier module including a plurality of peltier elements, the peltier module being configured to heat or cool the fluid passing through the fluid passageway; and a controller configured to divide a total thermal energy for keeping the fluid at a target temperature into a thermal energy to be supplied from the heater and a thermal energy to be supplied from the peltier module to give the total thermal energy from both the heater and the peltier module to the fluid.06-20-2013
20110308259METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR EXTRACTION OF THERMAL ENERGY FROM A HEAT CONDUCTING METAL CONDUIT - Provided are methods, devices and systems for controlled removal of thermal energy from a fluid within a thermally conducting metal conduit. The system allows for the in situ formation of a reversible plug that can stop the flow of fluid through the conduit, particularly without inducing thermally induced stress fractures or breaches in the conduit. The devices and systems include a thermal transfer device that can be adapted to be in thermal communication with a thermal conducting metal conduit containing a fluid, particularly a flowing fluid. The devices and systems allows for controlled re-heating of the conduit without inducing thermally induced stress fractures or breaches in the conduit to restore fluid flow through the conduit.12-22-2011
20130192272TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEMS WITH THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES - Temperature control systems and methods can be designed for controlling the interior climate of a vehicle or other the climate of another desired region. The temperature control system for a vehicle can have a thermoelectric system providing heating and/or cooling, including supplemental heating and/or cooling. The thermoelectric system can transfer thermal energy between a working fluid, such as liquid coolant, and comfort air upon application of electric current of a selected polarity. The thermoelectric system can supplement or replace the heat provided from an internal combustion engine or other primary heat source. The thermoelectric system can also supplement or replace cold energy provided from a compressor-based refrigeration system or other primary cold energy source.08-01-2013
20130192271TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEMS WITH THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES - Temperature control systems and methods can be designed for controlling the interior climate of a vehicle or other the climate of another desired region. The temperature control system for a vehicle can have a thermoelectric system providing heating and/or cooling, including supplemental heating and/or cooling. The thermoelectric system can transfer thermal energy between a working fluid, such as liquid coolant, and comfort air upon application of electric current of a selected polarity. The thermoelectric system can supplement or replace the heat provided from an internal combustion engine or other primary heat source. The thermoelectric system can also supplement or replace cold energy provided from a compressor-based refrigeration system or other primary cold energy source.08-01-2013
20080229759Method and apparatus for cooling integrated circuit chips using recycled power - One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that cools integrated circuit (IC) chips within a computer system. During operation, the system converts heat generated by a heat-generating-device within the computer system into thermoelectric power. The system then supplies the thermoelectric power to an IC chip as a cooling power to reduce the operating temperature of the IC chip, thereby recycling wasted energy within the computer system.09-25-2008

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