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Measurement project: glossary

  1. The thermoelectric effect is the direct conversion of temperature differences to electric voltage. This voltage can be used to measure temperature (it’s how a thermocouple works), or to generate electricity, which I’ll be using: specifically, the thermodynamically-reversible Peltier–Seebeck effect.
  2. The heat/energy source of my battery is still tbd, but ideally would be solar thermal (using heat from the sun to heat the sand) and/or potentially solar photoelectric (using electricity from the sun through a photovoltaic panel to heat the sand).
  3. The battery will be a thermal flywheel, where the heat stored provides inertia against outside temperature fluctuations.