Why is Innovteg needed?


A carefully engineered project from materials to system

The aim of the INNOVTEG project is to create nano-structured thermo-electric materials based on (low cost and abundant) sulphur with carefully controlled structure and properties. By doing this our consortium will create a step-change in the application of thermo-electric technologies for large-scale solar renewable applications in the EU by developing thermo-electric at massively reduced cost (€5.20/kg). The technologies developed will be particularly suited to building integrated renewable systems. This will enable us to create a very low-cost thermo-electric system suitable for building integration that can achieve an output of ~30Wp/sq.m and a power generation cost of €533/kWp (significantly less than the corresponding cost of ~€3,000/kWp for PV systems) across a range of European climatic conditions. In so doing, the InnovTEG technology will offer greatly improved environmental performance due to improved reduced dependence on fossil fuels, reduced emissions (CO2, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulates) at a cost that is affordable to the end-user. It is expected that the InnovTEG project will generate ~€200m million business growth for its SMEs within a 5 year period creating more than 171 jobs. The project results are expected to benefit other SMEs in the renewable energy, materials processing and electronics industry sectors. In addition, the technology has the capability to reduce CO2 emissions by 208,000 tonnes of CO2 per year 5-years post-project.


Bismuth Telluride has been at the core of commercial thermoelectric materials for low grade energy and compact cooling applications since the 1950s. A new material is needed to disrupt the sustainability issues associated with Tellurium, InnovTEG takes a significant step towards this goal by bringing together an experienced and high class consortium.