|Bismuth telluride heat pump.|
This is a small bismuth telluride thermoelectric heat pump. Apply a DC voltage and one side gets cold while the other side gets hot. If you attach a good heat sink and fan to the hot side, you can pump heat out of something, cooling it down. This particular device was deployed inside a USB-powered mini-fridge designed to cool one can of soda using power from your computer.
Source: eBay seller goods_keeper
Contributor: Theodore Gray
Acquired: 28 March, 2009
Text Updated: 29 March, 2009