High Power Thermoelectric Recovery of Waste Heat in Vehicles and on Land (Energy Harvesting & Storage USA 2015)

Mr Adam Lorimer, Co-Founder & VP of Engineering
Alphabet Energy
United States


USA 2015 Audio Presentation - Alphabet Energy*

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Presentation Summary

Forty percent of the energy in the fuel used in cars and trucks escapes through the tailpipe as waste heat. Thermoelectric generators convert this heat to electricity, reducing alternator loads and improving fuel economy. This presentation examines thermoelectrics as a cost effective means of meeting new environmental standards and reducing fuel expenditures.

Speaker Biography (Adam Lorimer)

Adam brings over a decade of accomplishments in the energy industry to the Alphabet Energy team. While with BP, Adam served as facilities engineer and project manager for multi-billion dollar oil and gas projects located in the UK, Norway and Azerbaijan, where he evaluated waste-heat recovery projects on simple cycle gas turbines. Adam has also held engineering positions with Shell, Rolls-Royce Turbines and British Nuclear Fuels. Adam is a UK Chartered Engineer and a Corporate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK. He holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK. Outside of the office, Adam enjoys playing with his kids - usually Legos - and trains for strongman competitions.

Company Profile (Alphabet Energy, Inc.)

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Based on groundbreaking nanotechnology research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Alphabet Energy makes waste heat valuable with the incorporation of advanced thermoelectric materials to convert exhaust heat sources into electricity. Our patented applications of nanotechnology to silicon and tetrahedrite, called PowerBlocks, have enabled the creation of the world's first low-cost thermoelectric materials, which are assembled into modules to be configured for multiple waste-heat recovery applications. In the near term, Alphabet is changing the way people think about waste heat. Waste heat is untapped energy; a potential $90 billion market. Alphabet owns the complete value chain for thermoelectric generation: from the advanced materials to the assembly and configuration of modules to the successful generation of electricity from previously discarded waste heat.
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