Thermoelectric generators (TEGs)

Behnam Talebjedi*, Ali Khosravi, Mamdouh El Haj Assad

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Abstract

Restrictions on the use of fossil fuels, environmental concerns, and rising prices for energy carriers are issues facing the industry today. Therefore, energy-harvesting power generators are a viable option to increase energy efficiency in industrial plants. Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) have proven their power in straight converting thermal energy into electrical energy through the Seebeck effect. Furthermore, TEGs are considered green technology due to the absence of chemical materials production. In addition, they operate smoothly and silently since they have no moving parts. In this chapter, thermoelectric generator (TEG) technology is explained along with its various applications on a small and large scale for the energy efficiency improvement of the industrial and domestic sectors. In addition, the TEGs performance mechanism, parameters affecting their performance and efficiency, and the relevant equations have been provided. A discussion of some practical TEG examples for industrial applications is presented at the end of this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Fundamentals of Thermal Analysis
EditorsMamdouh El Haj Assad, Ali Khosravi, Mehran Hashemian
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Publication date20. Jul 2023
Pages63-88
Chapter3
ISBN (Print)9798886977592
ISBN (Electronic)9798886978759
Publication statusPublished - 20. Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Clean energy
  • Energy conversion
  • Power generation
  • Thermoelectric generators
  • Waste heat

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