+- 2005 IECEC Report

See http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=230&lumeetingid=1090

The 2005 IECEC was held August 15-18, 2005 in San Francisco was billed as the 3rd International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. Some readers may recall many previous IECECs going back to the 1960s, but only the acronym is the same. The old conferences started with “I” for “Intersociety” and in later years were plagued by papers on perpetual motion, zero point energy and the like. The new IECECs are trying hard to live down that legacy. See http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=230&lumeetingid=1090

The 2005 IECEC was held August 15-18, 2005 in San Francisco was billed as the 3rd International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. Some readers may recall many previous IECECs going back to the 1960s, but only the acronym is the same. The old conferences started with “I” for “Intersociety” and in later years were plagued by papers on perpetual motion, zero point energy and the like. The new IECECs are trying hard to live down that legacy.

I did not attend myself, but those who did have reported more than 240 attendees including several sessions related to thermoelectrics, two of which were chaired by John Stockholm (Marvel Ind., France). One of the thermoelectric-specific sessions was canceled due to speakers not showing up. At least two of those papers involved a mix up on the time and were presented in a later session.

Selected titles of possible interest to thermoelectrics include:

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Device Limits
Nathan D. Hiller
Hi-Z Technology, Inc., 7606 Miramar Rd., San Diego, CA 92126

Predicted Performance of Quantum Well Thermoelectrics for Waste Heat Recovery Power Generation
Daniel J. Krommenhoek*, Saeid Ghamaty†, John C. Bass‡, Norbert B. Elsner§, and
Hi-Z Technology, Inc., San Diego, CA 92126-4210

Heat To Electricity Conversion With Thermal Diodes
Yan Kucherov, Victor Sevastyanenko, Harold L. Brown, Deepak Thimmegowda.
ENECO, Inc., 391-B Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Peter Hagelstein
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
Sivaraman Guruswamy
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Novel Thermoelectric Microcoolers Compatible with
Electro-Optic Components
V. A. Semenyuk*
Odessa State Academy of Refrigeration, Thermion Company, Odessa 65009, Ukraine

An Overview and Status of NASA’s Radioisotope Power
Conversion Technology NRA
David J. Anderson *, Wayne A. Wong†, and Karen L. Tuttle ‡
NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135