Thermal Energy Converters

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Caloric systems


Caloric Systems

Solid-state cooling with magnetocaloric, elastocaloric or electrocaloric systems is a promising alternative to conventional cooling technology.


Elastocaloric Systems

Solid-state caloric cooling systems based on the elastocaloric effect of shape memory alloys are regarded as an alternative to compressor technology


Magnetocalorics: refrigerant-free cooling system

Refrigerant-free cooling equipment based on magnetocaloric materials could provide the basis for greener cooling systems in the future.

Permanent Magnet Systems

Permanent magnets have several advantages over electromagnets and might in future substitute expensive superconducting magnets. Fraunhofer IPM designs and builds permanent magnet systems to customers' needs.

Heat pipes and Peltier modules


Thermal management for electronics

Based on caloric systems, Peltier coolers and heat pipes, Fraunhofer IPM develops individual solutions for the cooling of electronic components.


Pulsating heat pipes

With pulsating heat pipes (PHP), many problems of heat dissipation may be effectively solved.


Switchable heat pipes

A new generation of thermal switches for temperature control without sensor technology or control engineering

Thermoelectric modules and systems


Thermoelectric components and modules

Tailor-made thermoelectrical components and modules.


Half-Heusler modules

Thermoelectric high-temperature modules based on half-Heusler-alloys.

Systems for waste heat conversion


Hot air test stand

Measuring the efficiency of heat exchangers and systems for waste heat recovery.



Waste heat recovery with thermoelectric generators.

Measuring technology for materials and structural analysis



Material and component analysis by means of computer tomography


Measuring the thermal conductivity of thin films (TDTR)

The Time Domain Thermal Reflectance (TDTR) method provides an elegant, contactless means of measuring the thermal conductivity of thin films.