Cs 0.33 WO 3 compound nanomaterial-incorporated thin film enhances output of thermoelectric conversion in ambient temperature environment

Chih Yi Cheng, Guan Lin Chen, Po-Sheng Hu*

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Abstract

Cs 0.33 WO 3 nanomaterial absorbs a range of near-infrared (NIR) wavelength spanning 900–2400 nm, of which the main contributor of heat energy may be utilized for electrical generation. In this research, the capability of Cs 0.33 WO 3 nanomaterial in enhancing the output of a thermoelectric (TE) device by trapping the absorbed heat at the hot-side surface of the device is investigated. The material is synthesized through a combination of the processes of co-precipitation and wet nano-grinding, and the characterization of its structural and optical properties was carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and visible-near-infrared absorption spectroscopy. Likewise, the photothermal property of Cs 0.33 WO 3 nanomaterial, in the form of solution or solid film, is assessed to gain better insight into its effects on the electrical output of the TE device, utilizing a laser with wavelength of 808 nm, a solar simulator, and sunlight in ambient environment. Moreover, the photoelectric property of the Cs 0.33 WO 3 nanomaterial-incorporated TE device was evaluated in four different types of weather condition, sunny, sunny with partly cloudy, cloudy, and rainy; and our results indicate that Cs 0.33 WO 3 nanomaterial is capable of enhancing the output of thermoelectric conversion in an ambient environment. In a complete sunny day, when compared with a bare thermoelectric device, the coating of Cs 0.33 WO 3 nanomaterial with concentration of 0.66 wt% demonstrated a rise of 13.1% in the maximal attainable temperature and a corresponding increase of 291% in maximal output voltage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-964
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Nanoscience (Switzerland)
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Ambient environment
  • Cesium tungsten bronze
  • NIR absorption
  • Renewable energy
  • Thermoelectric conversion

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