Academic Venture Fund - 2019

Combined Solar Heating and Thermoelectric Generation as Distributed Energy Resources

Skyven solar array

To help address increasing energy needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researchers will explore a new cogeneration system that combines solar heating for residential and commercial buildings, and thermoelectric energy generation. This system will simultaneously supply heat and electricity from solar heat with zero carbon dioxide emissions. The combined solar heating and thermoelectric generation, which is not intended to replace large-scale power plants, would be particularly useful for isolated areas that are not on a traditional electric grid, therefore advancing the development of resilient rural-urban systems.

Investigators: Zhiting Tian, Nicholas Sanders, Lang Tong, Khurram Afridi