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In-line thermo electric water cooler

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031221D
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

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Abstract

Disclosure of the use of a thermo-electric system for an in-line water cooling feature. The use of thermo-electric elements to cool water has only been done for water dispensers that require the water to be manually replenished. The proposed system is intended as a self-supporting system as it is built into a water supply line. This feature can be used as an enhancement to the filter and, especially, RO systems.

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INVENTION DISCLOSURE

Subject: In-line thermo electric water cooler

Sketch and Description:

Disclosure of the use of a thermo-electric system for an in-line water cooling feature. The use of thermo-electric elements to cool water has only been done for water dispensers that require the water to be manually replenished. The proposed system is intended as a self-supporting system as it is built into a water supply line. This feature can be used as an enhancement to the filter and, especially, RO systems.

   Thermo-electric components (TEC, Figure 1A) pump heat from one side to the other through the means of electricity without utilizing any moving components. The result is that one side cools down, while the other side heats up. TEC's can be used for cooling without the disadvantages inherent to compressor systems.

   In Figure 1 B, a sketch is provided of the application of a TEC system to cool water, and to maintain a low water temperature, in an in-line system. The main system only consists of a few components:

* TEC, to pump heat from the water to ambient,
* Cold plate, to extract heat from the water,
* Hot plate, to dissipate heat removed from the water,
* Small fan (not displayed), to improve heat dissipation,
* Power supply, to provide the TEC with power,
* Electronic control, to control the water temperature,
* Reservoir, to contain the water,
* Insulation, to thermally insulate the water reservoir,
* Reservoir in- and out-let, to provide in line connections.

   In F...