The Peltier effect is bidirectional, so a TEC can provide
both heating and cooling if needed.
On the other hand, its Carnot efficiency is only 10
percent, one third that of a compressor-based system.
Many manufacturers offer TEC equipment, both the
elements themselves and as part of systems with PID
Figure 5: Miniature TECs for temperature stabilization of
microwave and optoelectronic receivers. (Source: Kryothermtec)
control modules. In addition to standard form factors,
If you’re of a mind to design your own system, Maxim,
Analog Devices, and their new acquisition Linear
Technology offer standalone devices: many other suppliers,
such as Texas Instruments, offer application notes and
Now, back to plotting on how to obtain my own crater.
On second thoughts, why think small? Other Pickerings
already have their own minor planet. Maybe I’ll get my
own star instead. ECN
Figure 4: Thermoelectric cooler installation in an enclosure.
(Source: EIC Solutions)
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