Experimental Investigation on Flat Plat Solar Thermoelectric Generator

  IJRES-book-cover  International Journal of Recent Engineering Science (IJRES)         
© 2014 by IJRES Journal
Volume-1 Issue-4
Year of Publication : 2014
Authors : Dr.S.Sureshkumar
DOI : 10.14445/23497157/IJRES-V1I4P101

How to Cite?

Dr.S.Sureshkumar, "Experimental Investigation on Flat Plat Solar Thermoelectric Generator," International Journal of Recent Engineering Science, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 1-5, 2014. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/23497157/IJRES-V1I4P101

The conversion of solar energy into electricity is dominated by photovoltaic’s and solar thermal systems.In this study, an attempt has been made to conduct an experimental investigation on small scale flat plate solar thermoelectric generator.Thermoelectric generator consists of commercial thermoelectric modules embedded between the hot plate and cold plate which is placed in the flat plate collector.The solar radiation and water cooled heat sink is the driving potential to generate electricity,various operating temperature of receiver plate.The design process involved to minimizing heat losses, analyzing heat transfer through the thermoelectric elements, and measuring the electrical power generated by the thermoelectric module connected to varying resistive loads in order to ultimately measure the STEG’s efficiency.Inthis study it is identified to use flat plate solar collector and coupled with commercial thermoelectric module is simple fabrication method easy to adopt in the rural techno craft for small scale power generator to meet the isolated energy demands.

Thermoelectric, STEG and Energy

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