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Thermoelectric Generators with High Potential for Waste Heat Recovery in Heavy-Duty Vehicle Applications: Validation by a Functional Prototype with up to 2.7 kW

Heber, Lars and Schwab, Julian and Knobelspies, Timo and Hyunwoo, Choi and Cheol-Hee, Park (2021) Thermoelectric Generators with High Potential for Waste Heat Recovery in Heavy-Duty Vehicle Applications: Validation by a Functional Prototype with up to 2.7 kW. Virtual Conference on Thermoelectrics 2021, 20.-22. Juli 2021, Virtuelle Konferenz.

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Abstract

This research study demonstrates the engineering and measurement of a TEG prototype for heavyduty vehicles applications. The thermoelectric module area corresponds to approximately 1370 cm2 and consists of 144 segmented thermoelectric high-power modules based on bismuth telluride and skutterudite. The experimental setup enables the validation of the technology thermoelectric up to technology readiness level 5, which is rare in scientific publications on a 1:1 scale. The measured performance data of a functional prototype will be presented, as well as the electrical output power and compared with the simulated values. As a result, the simulative holistic design method of thermoelectric generators developed at the DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts is successfully verified. In the measurement points performed, the accuracy of the simulated temperatures reaches in average more than 98%. The accuracy of the simulated output power is in average more than 94% and the minimum deviation is only -0.5%. The maximum electrical output power of 2,700 W could be measured at hot gas inlet temperature of 745 °C, mass flow of 0.25 kg/s, coolant inlet temperature of 20 °C and volume flow of 0.5 dm3/s. A significant improvement in the system level of thermoelectric generators for heavy-duty vehicles could be reached and the power density of the system could be increased to 174 W/kg and 326 W/dm3 compared to the state of the art based on the experimental measured values.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143264/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Thermoelectric Generators with High Potential for Waste Heat Recovery in Heavy-Duty Vehicle Applications: Validation by a Functional Prototype with up to 2.7 kW
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Heber, Larslars.heber (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5077-0984
Schwab, JulianJulian.Schwab (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2606-2878
Knobelspies, TimoTimo.Knobelspies (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1118-7571
Hyunwoo, ChoiUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cheol-Hee, ParkUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:20 July 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Waste heat recovery, Thermoelectric generator, Heavy-duty commercial vehicles, diesel and natural gas powered vehicles
Event Title:Virtual Conference on Thermoelectrics 2021
Event Location:Virtuelle Konferenz
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:20.-22. Juli 2021
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Road Transport
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V ST Straßenverkehr
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - NGC Antriebssystem und Energiemanagement
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Vehicle Concepts
Deposited By: Heber, Lars
Deposited On:11 Oct 2021 13:39
Last Modified:11 Oct 2021 13:39

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