The issue of energy co-generation using thermoelectric generators
Adrian Chmielewski 1  
,   Kamil Lubikowski 1  
,   Stanisław Radkowski 1  
,   Michał Wikary 1  
,   Jędrzej Mączak 1  
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Warsaw University of Technology, the Faculty of Automotive and Construction Machinery Engineering, the Institute of Vehicles
Publication date: 2015-03-09
The Archives of Automotive Engineering – Archiwum Motoryzacji 2015;67(1):3–10
The development of the renewable energy sources technologies and the energy policy emphasise the energy co-generation systems. In the automotive industry, investments are located in the development of heat pumps, Stirling engines, energy accumulators, gas turbines, piezo mats, suspensions and enfeeblements, linear motors, and other energy retrieval systems retrieving energy that is expelled in the process of the combustion of the fuel and air mixture in conventional combustion engines [1,2] and lost irretrievably. The energy co-generation systems increase efficiency in the use of the energy contained in the fuel and air mixture. Currently, there is a tendency of combination of the energy micro-cogeneration systems with other vehicle systems, e.g. motor control systems, motor power supply systems, safety systems, etc. [3-8]. One of such ways is the retrieval of heat energy thanks to thermoelectric generators (TEG) using the Seebeck effect.
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