Next Article in Journal
Smart Grid Applications for a Practical Implementation of IP over Narrowband Power Line Communications
Previous Article in Journal
Sliding Mode and Neural Network Control of Sensorless PMSM Controlled System for Power Consumption and Performance Improvement
Article Menu
Issue 11 (November) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Energies 2017, 10(11), 1781; doi:10.3390/en10111781

The Thermoelectric Analysis of Different Heat Flux Conduction Materials for Power Generation Board

Power Electronics Research Center, Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 11, Hong Chong Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 10 October 2017 / Revised: 24 October 2017 / Accepted: 31 October 2017 / Published: 5 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical Power and Energy System)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [5729 KB, uploaded 16 November 2017]   |  

Abstract

The development of the thermoelectric (TE) power generation is rapid, and the applications have extensively been studied. The principle is based on the Seebeck effect, in which the temperature difference between hot and cold sides of the TE material converts to electrical energy. In this paper, a design is proposed to convert the thermal energy between indoor and outdoor of a board to electrical energy by the thermoelectric generator (TEG). Furthermore, the electrical energy generated is charged to supercapacitors as a battery or a power supply to the loads (e.g., lights) of the house. Besides the experimental work, a thermal model and an electrical model of the TEG have been proposed. To study the power generation performance in terms of materials, the simulation of the conversion efficiency of the TE board using materials with different thermal conductance have also been conducted. It was found that, using graphene as the thermally conductive material, the conversion efficiency was enhanced by 1.6% and 1.7%, when the temperature difference was 15 °C and 40 °C, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermoelectric generator; TEG; thermal energy; energy conversion; board; energy storage thermoelectric generator; TEG; thermal energy; energy conversion; board; energy storage
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Li, S.; Lam, K.H.; Cheng, K.W.E. The Thermoelectric Analysis of Different Heat Flux Conduction Materials for Power Generation Board. Energies 2017, 10, 1781.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Energies EISSN 1996-1073 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top