Efficiently Maximising Power Generation From Thermoelectric Devices

  • Supervisor: Prof Andrew Knox, Glasgow University
  • Sponsoring Company: European Thermodynamics Ltd
  • PhD Student: Andrea Montecucco
  • This student has graduated and the project is complete.

Semiconducting thermoelectric generators (TEGs) utilising the Seebeck effect have been used for many years in energy scavenging applications or where an extremely reliable power source is required (e.g., in satellites). More recently, advances in thermoelectric materials and the resultant devices has lowered the cost per watt to the point where large-scale application is commercially attractive, particularly in the automotive industry. This project aims to develop an accurate mathematical model of the electrothermal behaviour of TEGs and, using this model, develop maximum power point algorithms and accompanying power converters which can efficiently exploit modern devices.