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Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting: Devices, Applications & Opportunities 2012-2022

Thermoelectric generators are devices which convert temperature differences into electrical energy. The principle phenomenon that underpins thermoelectric energy generation is known as the Seebeck effect: the conversion of a temperature differential into electricity at the junction of two materials.

Although thermoelectric phenomena have been used for heating and cooling applications quite extensively, electricity generation has only seen very limited market in niche applications and it is only in recent years that interest has increased regarding new applications of energy generation through thermoelectric harvesting.

The new applications are varied and the vertical markets benefiting from new devices range from condition monitoring in industrial environments, smart metering in energy market segments, to thermoelectric applications in vehicles, either terrestrial or other.

This report gives an overview of devices, materials and manufacturing processes, with a specific focus on emerging technologies that allow for new functionality, form factor and application in various demanding environments. Whether it is operation in high temperatures or corrosive environments, applications with increased safety demands or components that need to be thin, flexible, or even stretchable, there is a lot of research and development work worldwide which is highlighted.

Included in the report are interviews with potential adopters of thermoelectric energy harvesters and their views of the impact that the technology could have over their respective industries. Some of the application sectors include:

Waste heat recovery systems in vehicles: A large number of car companies, including Volkswagen, VOLVO, FORD and BMW in collaboration with NASA have been developing thermoelectric waste heat recovery systems in-house, each achieving different types of performance but all of them expecting to lead to improvements of 3-5% in fuel economy while the power generated out of these devices could potentially reach up to 1200W.

Wireless sensor network adoption. Wireless sensors powered by thermogenerators in environments where temperature differentials exist would lead to avoiding issues with battery lifetime and reliability. It would also lead to the ability to move away from wired sensors, which are still the solution of choice when increased reliability of measurement is necessary. Some applications have low enough power demands to operate with small temperature differentials, as small as a few degrees in some cases. These types of developments increase adoption trends.

Consumer applications: In these applications, the type of solution that thermogenerators provide varies: it could be related to saving energy when cooking by utilising thermo-powered cooking sensors, powering mobile phones, watches or other consumer electronics, even body sensing could become more widespread with sensory wristbands, clothing or athletic apparel that monitor vitals such as heart rate, body temperature, etc.

Finally, utilising solid assumptions based on the knowledge acquired through extensive primary research and the understanding of the way existing and new markets develop over time, 10-year IDTechEx market forecasts are included in the report.

2.1. The Seebeck and Peltier effects
2.2. Designing for thermoelectric applications
2.3. Thin Film Thermoelectric Generators
2.4. Material choices
3.1. Manufacturing of flexible thermoelectric generators
3.2. AIST Technology details
4.1. Automotive Applications
4.1.1. BMW
4.1.2. Ford
4.1.3. Volkswagen
4.2. Wireless Sensing
4.2.1. TE-qNODE
4.2.2. TE-CORE
4.2.3. EverGen PowerStrap
4.3. Aerospace
4.4. Wearable/implantable thermoelectrics
4.5. Other applications
4.5.1. Micropelt-MSX
4.5.2. PowerPot™
4.5.3. Tellurex products

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Analysis of Energy Harvesting Applications

Energy harvesting is the use of ambient energy to provide electricity for small and or mobile equipment, whether electrical or electronic. In 2011, $700 million was spent on the energy harvesting component itself, rising to just under $5 billion in 2022. Those wishing to use energy harvesting need reassurance that it is a technology that has progressed beyond trials and new product announcements. They need to benchmark best practice.

In addition, potential users and those supplying, financing or otherwise involved in energy harvesting need to identify the successful suppliers, technologies and users and learn from the failures out there. This report provides the answers, with analysis of over 170 successful ongoing uses of energy harvesting in 33 countries. Here we summarise some of the findings.

1.1. Most successful applicational sectors
1.2. Winning territories and their emphasis
2.1. Definition
2.2. Size and structure of the market
2.3. Benefits
2.4. Primary energy harvesting needs
2.5. Types of energy harvesting
2.5.1. Technologies likely to succeed in future
2.5.2. Using several technologies together
2.5.3. Payback from energy harvesting
2.5.4. Importance of the Third World
3.1. Afghanistan laptop computers
3.2. Brazil, Botswana, Palestine West Bank solar charged hearing aid
3.3. Burundi mobile phones
3.4. Haiti “Faith Comes by Hearing” electronic bibles
3.5. India solar powered refrigeration
3.6. Kenya mobile phone
3.7. South Africa Freeplay foetal heart monitor
3.8. South Africa Freeplay radio
3.9. Uganda mobile phone
3.10. Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, Zambia, payphone
4.1. Canada Trudeau International Airport
4.2. China National Space Administration satellites
4.3. France European Space Agency satellites
4.4. India Space Research Organisation satellites
4.5. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
4.6. Switzerland solar plane
4.7. UK satellites
4.8. USA aircraft AeroVironment
4.9. USA Amerigon fuel cells
4.10. USA Germany robot jellyfish
4.11. USA military guidance system tester
4.12. USA Military land vehicles
4.13. USA NASA on Mars- planetary exploration vehicles
4.14. USA NASA satellites and space vehicles
4.15. USA Textron Bell helicopter sensing
5.1. Brazil Yacht Ferretti environmental controls
5.2. Italy mooring buoys
5.3. Japan lighthouses
5.4. Japan sea buoys
5.5. Switzerland electric boats
5.6. UK Rolls Royce turbines
5.7. UK sea buoys
5.8. USA sea buoys
5.9. USA sea gliders Liquid Robotics
6.1. Austria Uniqa tower controls
6.2. Brazil Philips intelligent lighting
6.3. Brazil SMT Sandvik headquarters controls
6.4. Canada Club Intrawest Whistler
6.5. Canada IKEA Brossard
6.6. Canada institute de Cardiologie controls
6.7. Canada Olympic Village Whistler
6.8. Canada Promutuel insurance building controls
6.9. Canada Promutuel insurance building controls
6.10. Canada Regulvar office controls
6.11. Canada St Andrew’s Cathedral Victoria
6.12. Canada St Joseph Elementary School
6.13. Canada The Citadel of Quebec
6.14. Canada Zero Energy Green Home
6.15. France Nestlé headquarters controls
6.16. Germany Adidas Herzogenaurach building controls
6.17. Germany Agnes Karl Hospital Laartzen controls
6.18. Germany Alexander Wacker Haus building controls
6.19. Germany AVIVA Munich controls
6.20. Germany AXA Maschinenbau
6.21. Germany BSC headquarters building automation
6.22. Germany Elementary School Bromskirchen
6.23. Germany Festo AG Technology Center Hamburg
6.24. Germany Hotel Platzl controls
6.25. Germany Hotel Winkler Brau
6.26. Germany ICE Phoenix headquarters controls
6.27. Germany Juwi Headquarters controls
6.28. Germany Kaispeicher building controls
6.29. Germany MAN Werk Munich controls
6.30. Germany MDS Landesfunkhaus Thuringia
6.31. Germany Medical Center of Quedlinberg controls

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Energy Harvesting and Related Energy Storage Devices: Worldwide Forecasts

Various Energy Harvesting and Energy Storage products and technologies are already providing sales opportunities across a range of applications. This comprehensive analysis provides decision makers with an insightful look into the current and future opportunities and threats available in the global markets for Energy Harvesting and Energy Storage devices. Topics include:

* Emerging Trends and Developments
* Recent Developments in Power Management ICs
* Standards and Regulations Update
* Assumptions and Methodology
* Energy Harvesting Applications Forecasts
* Energy Harvesting Technology Forecasts
* Energy Storage Forecasts by Storage Technology
* Energy Storage Applications Forecasts
* Selective Company Profiles

Executive Summary
Although Energy Harvesting and related Energy Storage devices are still considered an emerging technology, products are now available commercially, driven by developments in areas that are, themselves, emerging applications. In fact, the number of applications that can be powered by some form of energy harvesting technology is growing, and the wireless sensors nodes used in the respective applications: Industrial Process, Building Automation, Environmental Monitoring, etc. are becoming more efficient and are operating with less power.

According to our latest analysis, the Energy Harvesting market has been negatively impacted in the near-term by the general down-turn in the economy and particularly by the slow-down in the construction and building industry. Some sectors, such as building and home automation, have being affected more than others, especially with the decline in new housing starts and other commercial real estate issues. However, the ability of energy harvesting devices to deliver increasing amounts of energy has grown faster than anticipated and the energy needs, and costs of sensors and related electronics has dropped. As a result, the energy harvesting market should be well positioned for accelerated growth over the next several years.

Those developments are expected to make energy harvesting solutions more economically attractive, resulting in increased growth later in the forecast period, as energy markets recover. The Darnell Group has identified the potential market for Energy Harvesting wireless sensor nodes in eight specific application sectors. (The nodes are the focus of this forecast because they are the devices that require powering.) The applications are Building Automation, Home Automation, Automotive/Tire Pressure Sensors (TPMS), Environmental Monitoring, Medical, Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID), Industrial Process and Military/Aerospace. Each of these applications is expected to see slower growth in the early years, followed by much faster growth later in the forecast period.

The worldwide energy harvesting sensor node unit market is projected to grow from 42.5 million units in 2012 to 375.2 million units in 2017, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54.6%. Driven by substantial growth in all applications, especially Building Automation and RFID, the largest regional market over the forecast period will be North America, which will make up over 53.0% of the energy harvesting node unit market in 2012. Driven by growth in the large building automation sector and the strong influence of the alternative energy industry, the fastest growing unit market will be the European region, which is expected to increase at a CAGR of 61.3% over the forecast period.

Wireless energy harvesting sensors are also expected to provide an opportunity for building owners to contribute to the “Greening” of the environment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings consume 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced annually in the United States. For building owners, the adoption of self-powered wireless sensors could mean not only reduced energy costs and tax incentives, but also improved tenancy rates and higher per-square-foot revenue as prospective commercial and residential tenants demand improved energy efficiency.

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Energy Harvesting and Related Energy Storage Devices: Worldwide Forecasts


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