Thermoelectric generator to utilise solar heat

Thermoelectric generators are solid state modules that can generate electricity during the flow of heat across the device. The process is usually relatively inefficient (2-5%) but when sources of heat are abundant, they can generate worthwhile amounts of electricity.

This project will undertake a feasibility project in cooperation with an industry partner. The company will provide you with an application for a solar-powered thermoelectric generator, allowing you to estimate both the source of heat available and the electrical load. Given these parameters, your job will be to design a thermoelectric system capable of meeting the industry partners' requirements, or showing comprehensively that the approach is not feasible. The project might involve design, simulation and/or experimental demonstration (that is within the student's control).

Supervisor name: 
Dr Nick Bennett
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses: 
n.bennett@hw.ac.uk

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