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In Moscow, ‘ceramics-free’ thermoelectric production launched
12 Nov '12
Moscow-based Termointech, a Rusnano project company, has launched production of thermoelectric cooling and energy generation systems based on ‘ceramics-free’ technology, the Rusnano official website reports.
The CERATOM technology the developer uses calls for the application of nanostructured composite materials, thus eliminating the shortcomings that are typically associated with ceramic-based analogs. In a ‘ceramics-free’ thermoelectric system, to generate electricity costs between two and ten rubles (6-30 cents) depending on what original fuel is used, which is said to be “many times” cheaper than other alternative energy sources.
“At inception, the project company will produce thermoelectric modules for use in pipeline generators, as well as thermostatic systems for mobile telecom base stations and thermoelectric conditioning for railroad cars and military vehicles. As the project unfolds, they will add to their product line shock-freezing thermoelectric systems to transport and store blood plasma,” Rusnano says.
For the $50m project Russia’s largest nanotech company, Rusnano, wants to kick in $18m. By 2015, Termointech is expected to have sales of over $90m and a 10% niche market share.
Today, the Termointech equipment is being test-run at a number of Gazprom subsidiaries.
In the thermoelectricity phenomenon, electric potential is triggered by a drop in temperatures or, the other way round, causes a drop in temperatures. Thermoelectricity is viewed as a promising trend in alternative energy; however, thermoelectric systems have not yet been fully recognized due to its currently low efficiency, high costs, and structural deficiencies caused by the use of conventional ceramics.