CE50 - Sciences de base pour l’énergie

Waste-Heat Recovery with Complex Liquid Thermoelectrics – WH-RECOLTE

Submission summary

WH-RECOLTE aims to advance the liquid thermoelectric technology by addressing two recently identified physico-chemical and electrochemical phenomena for enhancing their energy conversion performance. Namely, we investigate the role of particle/liquid interface in colloidal suspensions, and develop novel redox couples with ever higher Seebeck coefficient in ionic liquids through experimental-numerical testing strategies. The end-products are robust liquid thermoelectric materials and devices to produce electricity from external heat flux, surpassing the state-of-the-art liquid modules with the added value of being cost-effective, non-toxic and modulable. Our primary application focus is on electricity production at small scales (1~100 W) for portable electronic devices. However, the project’s basic knowledge can be extended to a larger scale devices, as well as to applications outside the renewable energy research such as temperature and chemical pollutant sensors.

Project coordination

Sawako Nakamae (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


PHENIX PHysicochimie des Electrolytes et Nanosystèmes InterfaciauX
SPEC Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
IJCLAB Laboratoire de physique des deux infinis Irène Joliot-Curie

Help of the ANR 500,889 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: February 2023 - 42 Months

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