Journal article

A recycling process for thermoelectric devices developed with the support of statistical entropy analysis

O Velázquez-Martinez, A Kontomichalou, A Santasalo-Aarnio, M Reuter, AJ Karttunen, M Karppinen, R Serna-Guerrero

Resources, Conservation and Recycling | Elsevier | Published : 2020

Abstract

Thermoelectric devices (TEDs) are solid-state devices capable of converting a temperature gradient into electric power. Due to their robust physical composition, the importance of TEDs has increased recently as their applications have broadened from the aerospace industry to the recovery of waste energy from heat sources. As a consequence, an increase in their consumption and future disposal is expected. Nowadays, there is no recycling process designed for TEDs, thus representing an open-loop stream of end-of-life products, which results in the loss of valuable materials. This work aims to address this future problem. Hereby, commercial thermoelectric devices were mechanically processed and ..

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