H2ESOT is an ambitious project to progress scientific and technical know-how with organic thermoelectric materials. Expected to be a challenging project however if successful will provide disruptive technology for sustainability. The project has a duration of 36 months beginning 1st January 2013 and completing 31st December 2015.
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“H2ESOT: Waste Heat to Electrical Energy via Sustainable Organic Thermoelectric Devices”
H2ESOT is a small highly focussed project, driven by the future needs of humanity to convert under exploited theoretical results, in a relatively obscure area of the thermoelectric
literature, in to new enabling technology. Although the objectives are highly ambitious they are realisable within 36 months. A measurable and verifiable Work package path towards each of the step
objectives has been defined which will be measured through quantifiable milestones associated with each of the Work packages. To maximise the commercial technology that will emerge from our H2ESOT (Project ID 308768)
programme appropriate alternative paths and fallback positions have been identified within these milestones. H2ESOT brings together a consortium of chemists, physicists, engineers and industrial partners that constitutes
essentially an optimal totality of the entire European expertise base in TTT (5 Universities and one SME) to integrate the various technologies required to
develop low cost organic thermoelectric devices for the generation of
electrical power from low temperature (waste) heat. The consortium is well balanced, comprising leading experts in the various technologies to be integrated together and with the most appropriate SME representation of the userbase with a strong interest in entrepreneurial production/marketing of the future emerging technology. The application has been carefully considered and closely planned through primary contacts and preliminary investigations over the past 24 months – the consortium, as presented, has the composition to put it at the leading edge of global TTT research and development. Overall, the structure of H2ESOT favours high impact and benefit while reducing risk to an acceptable level for a FET project. It is particularly timely given the award of the 2011 Nobel prize in the area of quasi crystals – one of the core FET themes of the project.