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ISSN (Print): 1872-2121
ISSN (Online): 2212-4047
VOLUME: 7
ISSUE: 1
DOI: 10.2174/1872212111307010006









A New Low-Cost Water Loop Suitable for BiTe Thermogenerators

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Author(s): Luis E. Juanico, Fabian Rinalde, Eduardo Taglialavore and Marcelo Molina
Pages 68-74 (7)
Abstract:
This paper presents a new design for a thermogenerator suitable for working on low-temperature (up to 175°C) BiTe modules. Its improvement is related to the cooling system that is a low-cost modular device based on domestic hotwater radiators working in a natural-convection loop. Thermal and cost analyses were performed, showing that a competitive 1kW unit could be built (with a specific cost of 21,300 U$D/kW) by optimizing the whole cooling system to work on the new high-temperature (up to 320°C) BiTe modules recently launched, while present commercial thermogenerators cost about 60,000 U$D/kW. This novel design has not been claimed in an invention patent application since it is intended for use in the open market worldwide.
Keywords:
Thermoelectricity, thermogenerator, innovative prototype, low-cost water loop.
Affiliation:
National Research Council (Conicet) and Balseiro Institute, Bariloche Atomic Center, Bariloche (8400) Argentina.