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Thermoelectric generators: Vehicles, Wireless Sensors, Industrial Apps

The worldwide interest in waste heat recovery continues to grow, with a wide range of applications ranging from small harvesters integrated into wireless sensor networks all the way to larger harvesters such as the ones that can potentially be integrated into cars.

Find out more at IDTechEx’s Energy Harvesting & Storage event on 1-2 April in Berlin – External Link

Porsche is one of the latest examples: Porsche’s 919 Hybrid racer is using a 500HP 2L V4 engine and an electric kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) with an electric motor active on the front wheels. The KERS is in part charged up with energy generated via recovery of heat from the exhaust flow.

Although IDTechEx is expecting thermoelectric generators to be commercialised in vehicles in later years, (after 2020), the development work is already taking place, mainly due to the long verification and safety testing cycles in the automotive industry. The Hybrid Racer’s use of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) is really one of the first examples of what’s to come in the automotive sector.


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