Resources Contact Us Home
Browse by: INVENTOR PATENT HOLDER PATENT NUMBER DATE
 
 
Device and method for converting thermal energy into electrical energy










Image Number 4 for United States Patent #7816601.

A device and method for using a field-responsive material that changes temperature when subjected to a respective field in combination with a thermal to electrical energy converter to accomplish the generation of electrical energy. The field-responsive material, such as an electrocaloric or magnetocaloric material, changes temperature when subjected to a change in a respective electric or magnetic field. The changing field applied to the field-responsive material causes a temperature change in the field-responsive material to heat or cool the field-responsive material. A thermal to electrical energy converter is in thermal contact with the field-responsive material, such that temperature changes in the field-responsive material in turn changes the temperature of the thermal to electrical energy converter, which the converter then converts into electrical energy. In this manner, the application of an appropriate electric or magnetic field can be utilized to generate thermal energy changes that can be converted into electrical energy.








 
 
  Recently Added Patents
Reverse mapping method and apparatus for form filling
Systems and methods for electronic verification of vehicle insurance coverage
Gathering user feedback in web applications
Supplier capability methods, systems, and apparatuses for extended commerce
Portable gaming device and gaming system combining both physical and virtual play elements
Apparatus and method for recording reboot reason of equipment
Method for drug screening and characterization by calcium flux
  Randomly Featured Patents
Demodulation of a digitally frequency-modulated analog received signal by evaluation of the time intervals between the zero crossings
Golf cleat
Hosted code runtime protection
Diamond cutting tool
Azo dyes for thermotransfer printing
Apparatus and method relating to a quick attachment and release goggle mounting system
Winch pulley attachable to a motor vehicle-mounted box hitch
Sun glove
Image processing apparatus for color-compensating according to color reproduction properties of an image apparatus
Process for the production of fuel compositions