Thermal Energy Harvesting Solutions Today (Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2013)

Mr Stefan Ikelman, Market Manager
Marlow Industries
United States
 
Nov 21, 2013.

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Thermal energy harvesting using the latest bulk thermoelectric devices offer unsurpassed scalability, enabling harvested power outputs that range from hundreds of microWatts to hundreds of Watts depending on the heat source and temperatures available. Traditional bulk thermoelectric devices made with Bi2Te3 materials, when properly optimized and matched with the latest low voltage step-up circuits can operate in stagnant air conditions with less than 5 C temperature differences between the heat source and ambient to provide an effective power source for wireless sensors and networks. High volume production of small bulk thermoelectric devices that are ideal for many low power applications, has been demonstrated in delivered quantities greater than 1M/month at very low prices and unsurpassed quality and reliability. Some of the latest small & large scale TE power sources for wireless sensor applications will be presented.

Speaker Biography (Stefan Ikelman)

Stefan Ikelman joined Marlow in August 2010 to expand the Power Generation market space for thermoelectrics, which spans the sub-categories of Energy Harvesting (microwatts to watts of power harnessed from small temperature differences for wireless sensors, actuators and other micro devices), Waste Heat Recovery (larger scale power systems (up to kW level) to harness energy from exhaust or other fluid streams), Direct Generation (burning fuel purposely to create heat for thermoelectric power generation), and Co-Generation (thermoelectrics paired with existing heat sources to power a complementary appliance to improve total performance). In addition, coinciding with Marlow Industries' continued focus on global thermoelectric technology advancement and systems development, Stefan Ikelman is also responsible for unearthing new opportunities for government and privately funded research contracts to further this objective. Before joining Marlow, Stefan spent 13 years in Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP)® group, where he was responsible for managing several top customer accounts, in addition to helping set up their DLP Products® factories in locations around the globe. He also developed and championed a customer satisfaction and quality improvement program adopted division-wide, after originally joining as a Quality & Reliability Assurance engineer. Stefan is a graduate of New Mexico State University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with both manufacturing and automotive concentration.

Company Profile (Marlow Industries Inc)

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Marlow Industries, a subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated, is the world's leading producer in quality thermoelectric technology. Marlow Industries develops and manufactures thermoelectric modules and value-added systems for the aerospace, defense, medical, industrial, automotive, power generation and telecommunications markets. Marlow prides itself on providing standard or custom modules and sub-assemblies at quality standards above our customers' requirements. Marlow's EverGen™ thermal energy harvesting solutions provide the highest power available at the lowest delta temperature—from microwatts to kilowatts, perpetually and reliably powering wireless sensors & actuators to larger scale waste heat recovery systems.
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