Tellurex keeps thermoelectric technology hot

TRAVERSE CITY – Tellurex Corp. continues to roll out products wrapped around its thermoelectric technology.

Last year, Tellurex was named one of the area's technology companies to watch in the Business News' annual "Tech Twelve" listing. Tellurex made waves in the automotive industry for its cup holders for automobiles that keep beverages either hot or cold and were first featured in the 2007 Chrysler Sebring.

The company then took that technology to the office, literally. At last summer's NeoCon World's Trade Fair in Chicago, Tellurex revealed its in-desk, thermoelectrically-activated hot and cold cup holders. The product can be wired into a single desk or an entire conference room.

The cup holders haven't been released to the marketplace yet, said Peter Schmitz, who heads up marketing and sales for Tellurex, but the company is pursuing customer deals that will move it into production.

Schmitz said Tellurex is now working on another automotive product, using an "extension of that technology," but was unable to disclose further details about the product or the auto company.

Outside of the automotive industry, Tellurex recently co-produced Server Products' Countertop Chiller using thermoelectric technology. The Chiller is used to help keep fruits, vegetables, creamers and other food chilled below 40 degrees fahrenheit. The unit holds up to two quarts while occupying a 7 x 7-inch space and costs eight cents per day to operate.

The Jack in the Box fast-food hamburger chain is utilizing the Countertop Chiller to keep cheese cool, Schmitz said of one of the product's early applications.

This is the second product from Tellurex's partnership with Server Products, which produces food-serving equipment, including condiment pumps, food warmers and hot topping dispensers for the restaurant industry. Its first product to utilize thermoelectric technology is the EZ-Cream, a chilled cream dispenser and, like the Countertop Chiller, a low-cost and smaller alternative to mechanical refrigeration.

Added Schmitz, "This successful collaboration with Server has really opened the doors for a host of new products in food service where precise and reliable refrigeration can be achieved in a very small footprint. There are some exciting new things to come."

Tellurex specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of thermoelectric modules and systems for thermal management and micro power generation applications. It serves customers in the food service, medical, military and automotive industries. BN

More about the company is available at www.tellurex.com.

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