Anyone using thermo-electric generators?

Dune Posted By Dune, Jul 5, 2008 at 6:06 PM

  1. Dune

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    Hello all, Is anyone using a TEG (not including a fan)? I was told that there is a system in existance specificaly for woodstoves, but no amount of web surfing has found it. Any info helpful. Thankyou.
     
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    Yes, that is the type of thing I am asking about, but I have heard that there is a ready to usr unit for wood stove, but can't find it. thank you for the link.
     
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    Did you even look at the link provided by crazy-dan? I am here to learn and in turn to pass on what I discover which may be helpful to others.
     
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    Several years later... Yes, I know some folks working with this technology. I know a few people who have worked on Stirling stuff at Sunpower here in Athens, OH.

    My humble opinion is that TEG's heated via wood/coal stove can currently add to charging battery banks. I don't feel that it is a a standalone power-source, especially due to uh, summer. But thinking about the ability to illuminate low voltage lighting and charge cell phones from these devices is absolutely cool. If one is establishing a low voltage system and trying to prepare for power outages, this should be considered as an explorable technology.

    I have been experimenting with Solar for about a decade (mostly while living in Phoenix, AZ). It takes a lifestyle change to live a low voltage DC reality, but i think that the "Burner" culture is already doing a similar thing.

    Will be glad to talk about such things, share research.
     
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    Good job digging up this oldie.
    There have been more recent threads.
     
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    I couldn't find the old threads on this forum, or the article I remember, but there was an article (probably in Home Power) describing such a system in use in Iceland for small circulating pumps in isolated cabins using true geothermal heat (hot springs).
     
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    I ran a thread on TEG power off a woodstove a while back and would be interested in what your research has shown up. We get several outages here. Actually, with a black absorption plate, why wouldn't this work in summer too?
     

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