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Improving the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric generators through 'pulse mode' operation

Min, Gao 2012. Improving the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric generators through 'pulse mode' operation. Presented at: 9th European Conference On Thermoelectrics: ECT2011, Thessaloniki, Greece, 28–30 September 2011. AIP Conference Proceedings: Volume 1449: D. Thermoelectric Modules. American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings American Institute of Physics, pp. 447-449. 10.1063/1.4731592

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Abstract

This paper proposes a novel approach for improving the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric generators through “pulse mode” operation. The theoretical outline for a thermoelectric generator operating under “pulse mode” is presented. A calculation based on a material with ZT̄ =1.5 shows that an increase in the conversion efficiency by ∼ 40% can be obtained through “pulse mode” operation. This is equivalent to a substantial increase of ZT̄ from 1.5 to 2.7.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
ISSN: 0094-243X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:52
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/45845

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