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Entropy 2014, 16(5), 2890-2903; doi:10.3390/e16052890
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Maximum Power of Thermally and Electrically Coupled Thermoelectric Generators

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Received: 26 February 2014; in revised form: 2 April 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 23 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Applied Thermodynamics)
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Abstract: In a recent work, we have reported a study on the figure of merit of a thermoelectric system composed by thermoelectric generators connected electrically and thermally in different configurations. In this work, we are interested in analyzing the output power delivered by a thermoelectric system for different arrays of thermoelectric materials in each configuration. Our study shows the impact of the array of thermoelectric materials in the output power of the composite system. We evaluate numerically the corresponding maximum output power for each configuration and determine the optimum array and configuration for maximum power. We compare our results with other recently reported studies.
Keywords: thermoelectric generator; maximum power; figure of merit thermoelectric generator; maximum power; figure of merit
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Camacho-Medina, P.; Olivares-Robles, M.A.; Vargas-Almeida, A.; Solorio-Ordaz, F. Maximum Power of Thermally and Electrically Coupled Thermoelectric Generators. Entropy 2014, 16, 2890-2903.

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Camacho-Medina P, Olivares-Robles MA, Vargas-Almeida A, Solorio-Ordaz F. Maximum Power of Thermally and Electrically Coupled Thermoelectric Generators. Entropy. 2014; 16(5):2890-2903.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Camacho-Medina, Pablo; Olivares-Robles, Miguel A.; Vargas-Almeida, Alexander; Solorio-Ordaz, Francisco. 2014. "Maximum Power of Thermally and Electrically Coupled Thermoelectric Generators." Entropy 16, no. 5: 2890-2903.


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