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Title: Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop

Abstract

A thermoelectric power generator is disclosed for use to generate electrical power from heat, typically waste heat. An intermediate heat transfer loop forms a part of the system to permit added control and adjustability in the system. This allows the thermoelectric power generator to more effectively and efficiently generate power in the face of dynamically varying temperatures and heat flux conditions, such as where the heat source is the exhaust of an automobile, or any other heat source with dynamic temperature and heat flux conditions.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
BSST, LLC (Irwindale, CA)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1083977
Patent Number(s):
8445772
Application Number:
12/579,368
Assignee:
BSST, LLC (Irwindale, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F01 - MACHINES OR ENGINES IN GENERAL F01P - COOLING OF MACHINES OR ENGINES IN GENERAL
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F02 - COMBUSTION ENGINES F02G - HOT GAS OR COMBUSTION-PRODUCT POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT ENGINE PLANTS
DOE Contract Number:  
FC26-04NT42279
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION

Citation Formats

Bell, Lon E, and Crane, Douglas Todd. Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Bell, Lon E, & Crane, Douglas Todd. Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop. United States.
Bell, Lon E, and Crane, Douglas Todd. Tue . "Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1083977.
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