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THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATOR FOR VARIABLE THERMAL POWER SOURCE

United States Patent Application

20100024859
A1
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A thermoelectric generator includes a first thermoelectric segment including at least one thermoelectric module. The first thermoelectric segment has a working fluid flowing therethrough with a fluid pressure. The thermoelectric generator further includes a second thermoelectric segment including at least one thermoelectric module. The second thermoelectric segment is configurable to allow the working fluid to flow therethrough. The thermoelectric generator further includes at least a first variable flow element movable upon application of the fluid pressure to the first variable flow element. The first variable flow element modifies a flow resistance of the second thermoelectric segment to flow of the working fluid therethrough.
Bell, Lon E. (Altadena, CA), Crane, Douglas T. (Altadena, CA)
BSST, LLC. (Irwindale CA)
12/ 252,314
October 15, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED R&D [0002] The U.S. Government may claim to have certain rights in this invention or parts of this invention under the terms of Contract No. DE-FC26-04NT42279 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.