Partner with the H2esot team

After more than two years of intense collaboration with five other consortium partners, Prof. Simon Woodward at the University of Nottingham, the H2esot consortium leader and others have sucessfully produced many results within the area of Organic Thermoelectric Materials. H2esot consortium partners are now looking for more collaboratos / advisors from the scientific community to join and support the consortium team in driving future innovations in the ever-growing thermoelectric energy harvesting market.

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Why is H2ESOT needed?

It is estimated that mankind wastes ~20% of the 15 terawatts required annually for global power consumption as low level heat (<200 oC). This amounts to 10^20 J/yr, which is greater than the total annual energy usage of all EU member states. Widespread availability of new low-cost organic thermoelectric devices would allow direct heat-to-electrical energy (H2E) from this vast, essentially untapped, resource generating a new industrial sector based on local power generation from otherwise wasted energy sources (engines, boilers, heat pumps, etc.) amounting up to 50 billion €/yr. New materials and devices are needed to achieve such disruptive technology as present approaches are not viable for reasons either of: (i) device inefficiency, and/or (ii) global raw material unavailability preventing widespread implementation. The development of efficient, thermoelectric modules using only low-cost, readily available, renewable and sustainable organic materials would address a range of major transnational FET challenges impacting on energy efficiency, climate change, resources depletion and ‘personalised electricity generation/use’ that will arise within the next decade. To achieve this goal the H2ESOT project is pluri-disciplinary and cross-thematic project from leading European groups able to: prepare, purify,
fabricate, test and theoretically define/evolve the organic materials that are needed to fulfil this ‘Innovation
Europe 2020’ vision. Europe must reach a position where it can begin to make use of a significant fraction of
its waste heat in order to overcome the immense societal changes associated with sustainable growth and
mitigating climate change. Only organic thermoelectric devices ultimately offer the potential for Thermoelectronic
(TE) FET that can be widely deployed to recover low level heat. Only H2ESOT has the optimal blend of expertise
to develop an appropriate roadmap to such revolutionary new TE materials defining a critically important new
industry.

 

A future for H2ESOT

Technology Development FigureTo achieve this, the current power generation system will have to undergo dramatic structural change allowing
far greater efficiency, and flexibility of use/generation, to achieve a significant level of „minimal CO2‟ generation
by 2030 at the very latest ensuring security of energy supply and competitiveness. The development of a H2ESOT
Roadmap to Commercialisation for low cost organic thermoelectric devices would significantly contribute towards
the expected impacts listed in the 2012 work programme, specifically:


 Cheap sustainable Thermoelectirc Generators (TEGs) would provide massive widespread impact across
multifold applications though improved energy efficiency/heat energy recovery.


 Radically upgraded organic thermoelectric materials would allow widespread local energy generation and
innovative thermoelectric heating /Peltier cooling through ultra high reliability devices (no moving parts) with
>50 year lifetime of operation energy efficiency savings with no servicing/maintenance.


 Generation of a new scientific technical and commercial base for Europe allowing widespread deployment of
these new technologies that is simply not possible with current (inorganic-based) materials that are
intrinsically limited to supply of less than ~107 devices yr-1 and which are non-sustainable beyond 2025.

 

How is H2ESOT supported?

H2ESOT is a collaborative FP7 funded project led by Professor Simon Woodward from University of Nottingham and supported under the ENERGY Theme for Future Emerging Technologies.[ENERGY.2012.10.2.1]

The H2ESOT partners would like to acknowledge the help and advice given to them by the EU Commission in the creation and support of the programme.

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H2ESOT - FP7 funded project for Future Emerging Technologies • 2012