After nearly two decades, Parkesburg inventor Paul Bellezza has secured a patent for a potential revolutionary development in energy production, writes John Chambless for the Chester County Press.
To put it in layman’s terms: Bellezza said that the parts that make thermoelectric devices run use electricity to produce either heat or cold. The joints between the metal plates expand and contract, but over time the solder can no longer hold and the unit fails.
To circumvent this, Bellezza’s process coats the metal plates with graphene. This fuses them together without soldering, eliminating the possibility of them failing.
“Basically, it self-repairs,” he said. “So if there are thermal stresses, any breaks repair themselves. It’s almost like a web.”
His fascination with the thermoelectric process began producing results 15 years ago. Back then, Bellezza built a working model that produced significant electricity just using heat.
“My patent solves the problem of putting thermoelectric in the mainstream as a technology for power generation,” he said.
His patent was approved three weeks ago, and he is now awaiting clearance for two of his other ideas. These, when combined with the approved patent, could make him a giant in alternative energy production.
Read more about the Parkesburg inventor in the Chester County Press here.