Developments in Thin-film Thermoelectric Platform Technology for Energy Harvesting Applications (Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2012)

Mr Bob Collins, VP of Business Development
Nextreme Thermal Solutions
United States
Nov 08, 2012.


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Presentation Summary

  • There is an increased interest in the world today in the development of renewable power sources to replace or augment existing power systems. Thermal energy is an attractive source of energy for many low-power wireless sensor applications.
  • Thermobility™ is a new power generation platform technology that uses innovative, solid-state thin-film thermoelectric technology to convert heat into electricity for a variety of self-contained, autonomous systems.
  • The use of microscale thin-film thermoelectrics is creating new applications and markets for energy harvesting ranging from motion sensors in buildings and integrated bearing condition monitoring in turbine engines; to data acquisition in plumbing and hands-free faucets.
  • Energy harvesting using thermal energy can substantially increase product lifetimes in the field and reduce the total cost of ownership by eliminating the prohibitive cost of battery replacement for decades of maintenance-free operation.

Speaker Biography (Robert Collins)

Bob Collins is a VP of Business Development at Laird. He has over 28 years of experience in the sales, marketing, and management of products ranging from in-flight entertainment systems and imaging to printing equipment and computer supplies. Most recently, Bob was VP of Business Development at Nextreme Thermal Solutions and SVP Business Development/Defense & Aerospace Programs Operations & Development at BSST, a subsidiary of Amerigon Inc, the world's largest supplier of thermoelectric systems to the automotive industry. Bob received his BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Company Profile (Nextreme Thermal Solutions)

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Laird is a global technology company focused on providing components and solutions that protect electronic devices from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity through wireless applications and antenna systems. Custom products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including the handset, telecommunications, data transfer and information technology, automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer, medical, mining, railroad and industrial markets. Laird employs over 9,000 employees in more than 47 facilities located in 16 countries.
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