Thermogalvanic waste heat recovery system in automobiles

Andrey Gunawan, Nicholas W. Fette, Patrick Phelan

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Recovering waste heat from automobiles remains an inviting subject for research. Solid-state thermoelectric generators (TEGs) have been widely investigated for this purpose, but their practical application remains challenging. An alternative to TEGs are thermogalvanic cells. Temperature difference between hot and cold electrodes creates a potential difference. Once connected to a load, electrical current and power are delivered, converting heat into electricity. In this work, we investigate the feasibility of incorporating such systems into automobiles. We carry out the experiments under real-world conditions. A climate-controlled wind tunnel is built to provide equivalent conditions to the ambient air stream under the car. The demonstrated system achieved a power density on the order of mW m-2. We compare the power generated to those of TEGs currently tested by GM, Honda, BMW and Ford. Further, a simple economic estimation is calculated to assess the $ per Watt cost of future practical thermogalvanic waste heat recovery system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Power Division (Publication) POWER
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Volume2015-January
ISBN (Print)9780791856604
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
EventASME 2015 Power Conference, POWER 2015, collocated with the ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2015Jul 2 2015

Other

OtherASME 2015 Power Conference, POWER 2015, collocated with the ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period6/28/157/2/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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