Infrared (IR) radiation can be captured with a thermoelectric (TE) power generator and transformed into usable energy. This process is named IR power generation. Its mechanism however is not understood, and its potential applications are not yet explored. To respond to the fundamental issue, this Workshop addresses the link between IR power generation and the non-linear phenomena found in thermoelectric processes and heat conduction. To boost the technological development of IR power generation, the Workshop examines the challenges that accompany the development of power conversion from ambient energy sources to commercial devices. Finally, the Workshop discusses the possible implementation of IR power generation in civil applications, and in U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps activities.
This event was held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia on June 17, 2015.