Advanced Solid State Cooling Technology
This technology requires three tuned elements to operate:
1. A special nanotechnology-based ceramic produced using an induced self organizing tendency that is used as a heat extractor (energy extraction) element to capture localized or ambient heat.
2. The heat from the heat extraction element is transferred by conduction to a second ceramic element produced using the same method as above, which, when energized by this heat energy, emits this heat energy with high efficiency as infrared radiation.
3. Special carbon/lead/silicon/sulfur photovoltaic "cells" then convert this IR radiation into electricity, also with high efficiency.
While conventional ceramics and photovoltaic cells may be used to demonstrate this effect, special materials are required to reproduce the extreme level of conversion efficiency demonstrated in the original experiments.
MARKET TARGET – This technology, when utilized to its fullest potential, can redefine the cooling, energy recovery and energy harvesting industries. In addition, today's solid-state equipment such as computers, large scale industrial and diagnostic systems create significant heat that negatively affects efficiency and product longevity. Large amounts of energy produced from fossil fuel and nuclear power is wasted in the form of heat. This Advanced Solid State Cooling Technology could be utilized in these environments as a method to recover a good percentage of this wasted heat while at the same time, provide the required cooling without the need for complex, energy-hungry cooling systems. Computer servers that power the Internet are getting faster and server farms require enormous amounts of electricity. Cooling now accounts for up to 45% of the energy consumed in a data center. As computing systems become more powerful they also are getting hotter; it is time for a technologically advanced system to cool them. It is clear that for servers, there is a need for a radical departure from old refrigerant-based systems. By example, today, cooling accounts for 70% of the DoD’s domestic electricity consumption.
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Robert's favorite design and analysis tools:Comsol, Tesla
Robert's hobbies and activities:Exploring fringe science. Envisioning the future
Robert is inspired by:Solving seemingly impossible problems. Knowing that in the fringe of science, the most important discoveries are to be found. Searching out new ways to inspire the next generation of scientists and citizen scientists to embrace the scientific method as the most logical way to explore the unknown.
My work with my open minded friend Sir Arthur Clarke was my inspiration to seek out solutions outside the confines of main stream science. I hope to pass on this inspiration to others. Science these days is all too often used to explain why something cannot be, even in the face of empirical evidence that it is.