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Thermoelectric power generator with intermediate loop

United States Patent

October 27, 2009
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A thermoelectric power generator is disclosed for use to generate electrical power from heat, typically waste heat. An intermediate heat transfer loop forms a part of the system to permit added control and adjustability in the system. This allows the thermoelectric power generator to more effectively and efficiently generate power in the face of dynamically varying temperatures and heat flux conditions, such as where the heat source is the exhaust of an automobile, or any other heat source with dynamic temperature and heat flux conditions.
Bell; Lon E. (Altadena, CA), Crane; Douglas Todd (Pasadena, CA)
BSST, LLC (Irwindale, CA)
11/ 476,326
June 28, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED R&D The U.S. Government may claim to have certain rights in this invention or parts of this invention under Contract No. DE-FC26-04NT42279 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.