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Title: Thermoelectric power generator for variable thermal power source

Abstract

Traditional power generation systems using thermoelectric power generators are designed to operate most efficiently for a single operating condition. The present invention provides a power generation system in which the characteristics of the thermoelectrics, the flow of the thermal power, and the operational characteristics of the power generator are monitored and controlled such that higher operation efficiencies and/or higher output powers can be maintained with variably thermal power input. Such a system is particularly beneficial in variable thermal power source systems, such as recovering power from the waste heat generated in the exhaust of combustion engines.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Genthem Incorporated, Azusa, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1178004
Patent Number(s):
9,006,556
Application Number:
11/476,325
Assignee:
Genthem Incorporated (Azusa, CA) NETL
DOE Contract Number:  
FC26-04NT42279
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2006 Jun 28
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION

Citation Formats

Bell, Lon E, and Crane, Douglas Todd. Thermoelectric power generator for variable thermal power source. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Bell, Lon E, & Crane, Douglas Todd. Thermoelectric power generator for variable thermal power source. United States.
Bell, Lon E, and Crane, Douglas Todd. Tue . "Thermoelectric power generator for variable thermal power source". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1178004.
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abstractNote = {Traditional power generation systems using thermoelectric power generators are designed to operate most efficiently for a single operating condition. The present invention provides a power generation system in which the characteristics of the thermoelectrics, the flow of the thermal power, and the operational characteristics of the power generator are monitored and controlled such that higher operation efficiencies and/or higher output powers can be maintained with variably thermal power input. Such a system is particularly beneficial in variable thermal power source systems, such as recovering power from the waste heat generated in the exhaust of combustion engines.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Apr 14 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Tue Apr 14 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
}

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