Development of Low-Cost Remote Controlled Generators based on BiTe Thermoelectric Modules

Authors
Juanico, Luis Eduardo; Rinalde, Gustavo Fabián; Taglialavore, Eduardo Víctor; Molina, Marcelo Gustavo
Publication Year
2013
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
This paper presents a new thermogenerator based on moderate-temperature (up to 175°C) BiTe modules available on the open market. Despite this handicap relative to commercial thermogenerators based on high-temperature proprietary-technology PbBi modules (up to 560°C), this new design may become economically competitive due to its innovative thermal sink. Our thermal sink is based on a free-convection water loop built with standard tubing and household hot-water radiators, leading to a more practical, modular design. So, the specific cost of about 55,000 USD/kW obtained for this 120-W prototype is improved to 33,000 USD/kW for a 1-kW unit, which represents about half the price of commercial thermogenerators. Moreover, considering recently launched BiTe modules (that withstand up to 320°C), our proposition could have an even more favorable outlook.
Fil: Juanico, Luis Eduardo. Comision Nacional de Energía Atómica; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Fil: Rinalde, Gustavo Fabián. Comision Nacional de Energía Atómica; Argentina
Fil: Taglialavore, Eduardo Víctor. Comision Nacional de Energía Atómica; Argentina
Fil: Molina, Marcelo Gustavo. Comision Nacional de Energía Atómica; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Subject
BiTe thermoelectric modules
Thermoelectricity
Thermogenerator
Electrical generators
Prototype
Thermalhydraulic design
Ingeniería Eléctrica y Electrónica
Ingeniería Eléctrica, Ingeniería Electrónica e Ingeniería de la Información
INGENIERÍAS Y TECNOLOGÍAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
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