Design optimization of a large-scale thermoelectric generator


The optimum implementation of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) is investigated. In order to study the feasibility of such system, a model for a large-scale TEG is designed and optimized to convert thermal energy into electricity. The mathematical formulation of the system comprising multiple TEG modules is modeled and simulated. It is assumed that the source of the thermal energy comes from concentrated solar receiver. Temperature solutions and heat transfer coefficients are obtained. The major geometrical and thermal parameters affecting the efficiency of the system are identified and optimized for best performance. Design aspects, such as the leg length, and heat transfer conditions have a significant impact on generated output power and efficiency​