Volume 135, Number 2, July 2021
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||20 September 2021|
Gel-based thermocells for low-grade heat harvesting
School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan 430074, China
Received: 11 July 2021
Accepted: 24 August 2021
Thermocell, as a novel thermoelectric conversion device based on redox reaction or ion diffusion, has exhibited great advantages like high thermopower coefficient, cost effectiveness and good scalability for low-grade heat harvesting. Compared to the liquid-based thermocell, the gel-based version has garnered more and more attention because of its merits in leakage prevention, flexibility and integration, and significant achievements have been made in recent years. In this perspective, we briefly summarize the state-of-the-art progress on the gel-based thermocells. The basic working principle of thermocells is firstly introduced, followed by the discussion on the nuts and bolts for further system optimization. The emerging strategies on the performance improvement are highlighted as well as the underlying physics. Finally, the challenges and future directions in this field are prospected.
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