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Title: Thermoelectric power generator for variable thermal power source

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