Here are some of the most common questions that we get asked. If you are still unsure, contact us and we will be able to help.
How can you tell which is the hot and cold side of a module?
Visit our technical reference page, How to fit a thermoelectric module guide for information
How do I mount a thermoelectric module into a system?
Visit our technical reference page forinformation about how to do this.
What is the difference between a Peltier cooler and a generator module?
Both types of module use the thermoelectric effect. This effect is reversible so that both module types can act as a cooler or a generator; if a voltage is applied to a module, it will pump heat, but if a temperature difference is applied across a module a voltage will be produced. For more information see this article.
I have two sources of heat, one hot gas with a temperature of 180' c and cool water of 38'c temperature, can I harvest electricity from this?
It is possible to generate a relatively small amount of electricity from a temperature gradient using thermoelectric generator (TEG) modules. See our TEG module product page.
You will see a wide range of modules with various physical dimensions and electrical performance characteristics. Select any module and you will see the option to click on “ Data Sheet “ at the bottom of the page. Open up the data sheet and you will see on page 1 a summary of the dimensions and electrical performance for that specific module. On pages 2 and 3 you will see data graphs detailing the thermal input versus electrical output parameters.
To interpret the theoretical electrical output in your scenario read across on the x-axis (Th = temp hotside) at 180oC then read across to the y-axis close to the Tc = 30oC line (temp cold side). You will see how each parameter changes for each different module.
Please note that TEG modules work on a modular basis, so by increasing the number of modules in an application, performance will also be increased.
What is the difference between heat spreading and heat removal?
Heat spreading is normally used to prevent hot spots and increase the surface area available for transfer, this is an important thermal management technique in hand held devices, e.g. mobile phones or tablets. Heat removal involves the transfer of heat energy from a source e.g. a micro-processor into a transfer medium, typically a fluid.
How much do you charge for thermal analysis?
Our services are priced on a case by case basis, please contact us with your requirements we will get back to you with a quote.
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