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Energies 2018, 11(3), 576; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11030576

Modeling and Experimentation of New Thermoelectric Cooler–Thermoelectric Generator Module

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Laboratory of Low Emission Vehicle, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
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Algerian Space Agency, Algiers 16000, Algeria
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Laboratory of Power Machinery and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
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Received: 23 January 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 2 March 2018 / Published: 7 March 2018
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In this work, a modeling and experimental study of a new thermoelectric cooler–thermoelectric generator (TEC-TEG) module is investigated. The studied module is composed of TEC, TEG and total system heatsink, all connected thermally in series. An input voltage (1–5 V) passes through the TEC where the electrons by means of Peltier effect entrain the heat from the upper side of the module to the lower one creating temperature difference; TEG plays the role of a partial heatsink for the TEC by transferring this waste heat to the total system heatsink and converting an amount of this heat into electricity by a phenomenon called Seebeck effect, of the thermoelectric modules. The performance of the TEG as partial heatsink of TEC at different input voltages is demonstrated theoretically using the modeling software COMSOL Multiphysics. Moreover, the experiment validates the simulation result which smooths the path for a new manufacturing thermoelectric cascade model for the cooling and the immediate electric power generation. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermoelectric generator-thermoelectric cooler (TEC-TEG); Peltier effect; Seebeck effect; heatsink thermoelectric generator-thermoelectric cooler (TEC-TEG); Peltier effect; Seebeck effect; heatsink
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Teffah, K.; Zhang, Y.; Mou, X.-L. Modeling and Experimentation of New Thermoelectric Cooler–Thermoelectric Generator Module. Energies 2018, 11, 576.

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