Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Study of a TE (thermoelectric) generator incorporated in a multifunction wood stove

Publication year: 2011brbSource:/b Energy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 11 February 2011brD., Champier , J.P., Bédécarrats , T., Kousksou , M., Rivaletto , F., Strub , …brReplacing traditional open fire stoves, characterized by low efficiency, with improved ones is an important challenge for developing countries. Adding TE (thermoelectric) generators can provide electricity that permits not only the use of an electric fan increasing the ratio air to fuel to achieve a complete combustion in the stoves but also the satisfaction of basic needs: light, phones and other electronic devices. A review of existing TE generators for stoves is presented. To test the TE modules, an experimental device has been carried out in our laboratory where a gas heater simulates the stove. The generator set-up is described…br Research highlights: ► 9.5 W TE (thermoelectric) generator for biomass stove. ► The performance of the TE generator mostly depends on the thermal contact resistances. ► 500 kPa (5 bar) is a reasonable value to minimize the contact resistance for the TE modules. ► A one module TE generator can produce around 7.6 W of stabilized electricity with an economic cost competitive with solar panels.

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