Title Powering sea-ice instrumentation via the Seebeck Effect
Author Jones, B.L.; Jackson, K.; James, A.; Meldrum, D.; Rose, M.C.
Author Affil Jones, B.L., University of Sheffield, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Sheffield, United Kingdom. Other: Scottish Marine Institute, United Kingdom; British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom
Source Cold Regions Science and Technology, 68(1-2), p.60-67, . Publisher: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISSN: 0165- 232X
Publication Date Aug. 2011
Notes In English. Based on Publisher- supplied data GeoRef Acc. No: 309646
Index Terms design; ice; ice water interface; instruments; models; temperature; thermodynamic properties; energy sources; new energy sources; sea ice; Seebeck Effect; thermoelectric energy
Abstract This paper details the design of a novel thermoelectric energy harvesting device, capable of powering sea-ice instrumentation during the polar winter, when other sources of energy are either unavailable or unreliable. The current device employs no moving parts and exploits the Seebeck Effect and the temperature differential across the sea-ice interface to convert a flow of heat into electrical energy. Fundamental limitations are discussed and thermodynamic modelling is employed to ensure a reasonable device output. Test results from a prototype reveal typical voltage and power outputs in the region of 3V and 200 mW, respectively, given an applied temperature differential of 30C.
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.coldregions.2011.04.005
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 65006432