skip to main content
DOE Patents title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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:
;
Issue 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)
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.
@article{osti_1178004,
title = {Thermoelectric power generator for variable thermal power source},
author = {Bell, Lon E and Crane, Douglas Todd},
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.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {4}
}

Patent:

Save / Share:

Works referenced in this record:

Alternate thermoelectric thermodynamic cycles with improved power generation efficiencies
conference, January 2003

  • Bell, L. E.
  • Proceedings ICT'03. 22nd International Conference on Thermoelectrics (IEEE Cat. No.03TH8726)
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2003.1287574

Theoretical analysis of thermoelectric cooling performance enhancement via thermal and electrical pulsing
conference, January 1996

  • Buist, R. J.; Lau, P. G.
  • Fifteenth International Conference on Thermoelectrics. ICT '96, Fifteenth International Conference on Thermoelectrics. Proceedings ICT '96
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.1996.553306

Progress Towards Maximizing the Performance of a Thermoelectric Power Generator
conference, August 2006


Experimental results confirming improved performance of systems using thermal isolation
conference, January 2002

  • Diller, R. W.
  • ICT'02. 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Twenty-First International Conference on Thermoelectrics, 2002. Proceedings ICT '02.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2002.1190376

Experimental results confirming improved efficiency of thermoelectric power generation systems with alternate thermodynamic cycles
conference, January 2003

  • Diller, R. W.; Bell, L. E.
  • Proceedings ICT'03. 22nd International Conference on Thermoelectrics (IEEE Cat. No.03TH8726)
  • DOI: 10.1109/ict.2003.1287577

Development of Segmented Thermoelectric Multicouple Converter Technology
conference, January 2006


Thermoelectromechanical refrigeration based on transient thermoelectric effects
journal, August 1999

  • Miner, A.; Majumdar, A.; Ghoshal, U.
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 75, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.124634

A new concept of porous thermoelectric module using a reciprocating flow for cooling/heating system (numerical analysis for heating system)
conference, January 1997

  • Tada, S.; Echigo, R.; Yoshida, H.
  • XVI ICT '97. 16th International Conference on Thermoelectrics, XVI ICT '97. Proceedings ICT'97. 16th International Conference on Thermoelectrics (Cat. No.97TH8291)
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.1997.667617

Performance of the 1 kW thermoelectric generator for diesel engines
conference, January 1994

  • Bass, J. C.; Elsner, N. B.; Leavitt, F. A.
  • The thirteenth international conference on thermoelectrics, AIP Conference Proceedings
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.46818

Increased thermoelectric system thermodynamic efficiency by use of convective heat transport
conference, January 2002

  • Bell, L. E.
  • ICT'02. 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Twenty-First International Conference on Thermoelectrics, 2002. Proceedings ICT '02.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2002.1190364

Advanced thermoelectric power system investigations for light-duty and heavy duty applications. I
conference, January 2002

  • Hendricks, T. J.; Lustbader, J. A.
  • ICT'02. 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Twenty-First International Conference on Thermoelectrics, 2002. Proceedings ICT '02.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2002.1190343

Cubic AgPbmSbTe2+m: Bulk Thermoelectric Materials with High Figure of Merit
journal, February 2004


Thermoelectric module and generator for gasoline engine vehicles
conference, January 1998

  • Ikoma, K.; Munekiyo, M.; Furuya, K.
  • Seventeenth International Conference on Thermoelectrics. ICT98, Seventeenth International Conference on Thermoelectrics. Proceedings ICT98 (Cat. No.98TH8365)
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.1998.740419

Thermoelectrics for environmental control in automobiles
conference, January 2002

  • Lofy, J.; Bell, L. E.
  • ICT'02. 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Twenty-First International Conference on Thermoelectrics, 2002. Proceedings ICT '02.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2002.1190362

Thermoelectric Efficiency and Compatibility
journal, October 2003


Application of the compatibility factor to the design of segmented and cascaded thermoelectric generators
journal, March 2004

  • Snyder, G. Jeffrey
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 84, Issue 13
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.1689396

Compatibility of segmented thermoelectric generators
conference, January 2002

  • Ursell, T. S.; Snyder, G. J.
  • ICT'02. 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Twenty-First International Conference on Thermoelectrics, 2002. Proceedings ICT '02.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2002.1190349

Increased thermoelectric system thermodynamic efficiency by use of convective heat transport
conference, January 2002

  • Bell, L. E.
  • ICT'02. 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Twenty-First International Conference on Thermoelectrics, 2002. Proceedings ICT '02.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2002.1190364

Advanced thermoelectric power system investigations for light-duty and heavy duty applications. II
conference, January 2002

  • Hendricks, T. J.; Lustbader, J. A.
  • ICT'02. 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics, Twenty-First International Conference on Thermoelectrics, 2002. Proceedings ICT '02.
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.2002.1190344

Thermoelectric module and generator for gasoline engine vehicles
conference, January 1998

  • Ikoma, K.; Munekiyo, M.; Furuya, K.
  • Seventeenth International Conference on Thermoelectrics. ICT98, Seventeenth International Conference on Thermoelectrics. Proceedings ICT98 (Cat. No.98TH8365)
  • DOI: 10.1109/ICT.1998.740419

Development of Segmented Thermoelectric Multicouple Converter Technology
conference, January 2006