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Nanostructured ThermoElectric Systems for Green Transport & Energy Efficient Applications (NANOTEG)
Start date: Jul 1, 2011, End date: Jun 1, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The concept of NANOTEG is to solve crucial cooling and energy-management issues in transport and energy-efficient applications, based on the technical leverage enabled by highly efficient nanostructured ThermoElectric (TE) modules compatible with high volume fabrication processes. Seven relevant industrial demonstrators will be produced to create a strong impact in 4 identified application domains: Automotive, Avionics, Power inverters for UPS and motor drive, LED-Lighting.This main objective is supported by the development of two technical pillars:Nanostructured TE materials that are highly efficient (high ZT) and compatible with existing high volume fabrication process.Several routes of applied research will be developed on nanostructured TE modules combining different fabrication processes, all industry-scalable (sputtering, atomic layer deposition, nanocomposite), materials (Bi2Te3, perovskite, metal-oxides, skutterudite) and “nano-approaches” (superlattices, nanoinclusions)Innovative packaging and integration solutions, allowing the integration of the nano-TE materials into highly efficient modules (high CoP) at the core of the system-level demonstrators.Innovative applied research on integration, packaging and interconnect technologies will be developed to guarantee the high efficiency of the TE modules and ensure the short time to market implementation of the project results. To satisfy different end-user needs, different packaging concepts (internal or external TEC integration), geometries, Thermal Interface Materials, underfilling and interconnect technologies will be developed in complete accordance to each demonstrator specifications.The NANOTEG consortium (21 partners from 9 European ENIAC-member States) gathers all the competences required to achieve these objectives. It is well balanced and involves all the supply chain partners in order to anticipate the cost-effective introduction of these new technologies and future products on the market.

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