On the use of thermoelectric (TE) applications based on commercial modules: The case of TE generator and TE cooler
Paraskevopoulos, K. M.
PublisherDepartment of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Correspondence Address: Zorbas, K.
Department of Physics, Aristotle University of ThessalonikiGreece
SourceAIP Conference Proceedings
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In recent years, thermoelectricity sees rapidly increasing usages in applications like portable refrigerators, beverage coolers, electronic component coolers etc. when used as Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC), and Thermoelectric Generators (TEG) which make use of the Seebeck effect in semiconductors for the direct conversion of heat into electrical energy and is of particular interest for systems of highest reliability or for waste heat recovery. In this work, we examine the performance of commercially available TEC and TEG. A prototype TEC-refrigerator has been designed, modeled and constructed for in-car applications. Additionally, a TEG was made, in order to measure the gained power and efficiency. Furthermore, a TEG module was tested on a small size car (Toyota Starlet, 1300cc), in order to measure the gained power and efficiency for various engine loads. With the use of a modeling approach, we evaluated the thermal contact resistances and their influence on the final device efficiency. © 2009 American Institute of Physics.