A thermoelectric generator using loop heat pipe and design match for maximum-power generation

Bin-Juine Huang, Po-Chien Hsu, Rung-Je Tsai, Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

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Abstract

The present study focuses on the thermoelectric generator (TEG) using loop heat pipe (LHP) and design match for maximum-power generation. The TEG uses loop heat pipe, a passive cooling device, to dissipate heat without consuming power and free of noise. The experiments for a TEG with 4W rated power show that the LHP performs very well with overall thermal resistance 0.35 K W-1, from the cold side of TEG module to the ambient. The LHP is able to dissipate heat up to 110W and is maintenance free. The TEG design match for maximum-power generation, called “near maximum-power point operation (nMPPO)”, is studied to eliminate the MPPT (maximum-power point tracking controller). nMPPO is simply a system design which properly matches the output voltage of TEG with the battery. It is experimentally shown that TEG using design match for maximum-power generation (nMPPO) performs better than TEG with MPPT.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1082-1091
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume91
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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