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Home  >  Journal list  >  MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS  >  Vol.52  No.8 (2011)  >  pp.1549-1552

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Computational Simulation of Thermoelectric Generators in Marine Power Plants

Min Chen1)2), Y. Sasaki1) and R. O. Suzuki1)
1) Division of Material Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University
2) Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University

In thermoelectric generation applications, the two indispensable conditions are the hot source and the cold source to provide the temperature difference for the generator. Thus, the waste heat recovery from various high temperature gas or steam turbines on ships by thermoelectric generators (TEG) is promising because the ocean naturally plays a role as an infinitely large cold source. Among other options, a pilot study of the applicability of thermoelectric generation to the boiler section of marine power plants is presented through CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) modeling. It is found that more than 600 W power may be produced from the waste heat of a 300 kW boiler but without an obvious loss of the system safety.

computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, thermoelectric generators (TEG), boiler, marine power plants, co-optimization

Received: November 20, 2010
Accepted: May 02, 2011 , Published online: July 25, 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 The Thermoelectrics Society of Japan



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