Thermoelectric Air Conditioned Variable Temperature Seat (VTS) and Effect Upon Vehicle Occupant Comfort, Vehicle Energy Efficiency, and Vehicle Environmental Compatibility 931111

Concerns about air pollution have prompted legislation which mandates electric vehicle availability in California. It is quite possible that other states, as well as other countries, will be implementing similar legislation in the not too distant future, in order to reduce air pollution and reduce depletion of petroleum resources.
The subject of this paper, the Variable Temperature Seat, (VTS), is a potentially significant new solution to the problem of vehicle occupant thermal comfort, as well as vehicle fuel/energy efficiency, and environmental concerns such as the ozone layer and green house gas/global warming.
By removing heat from the occupants' body directly, instead of by relying entirely on vehicle interior space cooling or heating, occupant thermal comfort is greatly enhanced with minimum expenditure of energy. Being that the VTS is based upon Peltier thermoelectric heat pumping, no refrigerants are used, and the only moving parts are blower and fan motors.


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