Development of a High Perfomance Gas Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) with Possibible Use of Waste Heat

Zinovi Dashevsky, Albert Jarashneli, Yaakov Unigovski, Bohdan Dzunzda, Feng Gao, Roni Z. Shneck

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Abstract

A huge concern regarding global warming, as well as the depletion of natural fuel resources, has led to a wide search for alternative energy sources. Due to their high reliability and long operation time, thermoelectric generators are of significant interest for waste heat recovery and power generation. The main disadvantage of TEGs is the low efficiency of thermoelectric commercial modules. In this work, a unique design for a multilayer TE unicouple is suggested for an operating temperature range of 50–600 °C. Two types of thermoelectric materials were selected: «low temperature» n-and p-type TE materials (for the operating temperature range of 50–300 °C) based on Bi2Te3 compounds and «middle temperature» (for the operating temperature range of 300–600 °C) n-and p-type TE materials based on the PbTe compound. The hot extrusion technology was applied to fabricate n-and p-type low-temperature TE materials. A unique design of multilayer TEG was experienced to achieve an efficiency of up to 15%. This allows for the possibility of extracting this amount of electrical power from the heat generated for domestic and water heating.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3960
JournalEnergies
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • dimensionless figure of merit
  • TEG
  • thermoelectric materials
  • waste heat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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