Ahmed S. El-Adl,
2019 Journal of Thermal Engineering  
A thermoelectric generator (TEG) is a device that transforms thermal energy directly into electrical power by exploiting the Seebeck effect. In the current study, the dynamic performance characteristics of a TEG is experimentally studied under different operating conditions. The Influence of input heat rate and the influence of utilizing extended surfaces (fins) on both transient and steady-state performance of a TEG are experimentally investigated. The variation in the temperatures of the TEG
more » ... ot-and cold-side in addition to the output voltage is taken as a denotation of the performance characteristics. Input heating rate of 15.0 W, 17.5 W, 20.0 W, 22.0W and 25.0 W are applied to the TEG hot-side. Free air convection (FC) is utilized for heat dissipation from the TEG module through the cold-side. From the experimentation, it can be concluded that increasing the input heating rate provides a higher temperature difference between the module sides leading to higher power output. Additionally, using fins to aid heat dissipations improved the TEG performance by lowering the temperature of the cold-side and increasing the temperature difference across the module. The experimental data collected are compared with the data obtainable by the TEG module manufacturer and an excellent concordat is acquired.
doi:10.18186/thermal.623206 fatcat:4wnxl6diwrfpjhv2jsd2ljd62y