A thermoelectric generator using engine coolant for light-duty internal combustion Engine-Powered Vehicles

Shiho Kim, Soonseo Park, Sunkook Kim, Seok Ho Rhi

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We proposed and fabricated a thermoelectric generator (TEG) using the engine water coolant of passenger vehicles. The experimental results revealed that the maximum output power from the proposed thermoelectric generator was ∼75 W, the calculated thermoelectric module efficiency of the TEG was ∼2.1%, and the overall efficiency of electric power generation from the waste heat of the engine coolant was ∼0.3% in the driving mode at 80 km/h. The conventional radiator can thus be replaced by the proposed TEG without additional devices or redesign of the engine water cooling system of the existing radiator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812-816
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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