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Ionized Gas Thermoelectric Generator: Theoretical Evaluation and Efficiency Estimation

Version 1 : Received: 23 November 2021 / Approved: 24 November 2021 / Online: 24 November 2021 (13:07:10 CET)

How to cite: Bqoor, M.; Hamdan, M.; Janajreh, I. Ionized Gas Thermoelectric Generator: Theoretical Evaluation and Efficiency Estimation. Preprints 2021, 2021110457 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0457.v1). Bqoor, M.; Hamdan, M.; Janajreh, I. Ionized Gas Thermoelectric Generator: Theoretical Evaluation and Efficiency Estimation. Preprints 2021, 2021110457 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0457.v1).

Abstract

The novel Ionized Gas Thermoelectric Generator (IG-TEG) system that has been studied theoretically showing capabilities to continually extracting energy from the thermal energy of the ambient air, at low temperatures within the standard room temperature and below. This system does not need a temperature gradient in order to work, unlike the other TEGs that use Seebeck effect, and therefore this new system can be utilized for cooling purposes, by extracting energy instead of wasting energy in compressing the gas for cooling. This novel system was designed based on Static Ratchet Potential (SRP), which is known as a spatially asymmetric electric potential produced by an array of positive and negative electrodes. The ratchet potential produces electrical current from random Brownian Motion of charged particles that are driven by thermal energy. Ratchet potential was studied and investigated by several researches in the fields of sensing and energy harvesting. The main ratchet potential system parameter is the particles transportation, this parameter was studied under the condition of flashing ratchet potentials, and was analyzed based on several methods. In this study, a different approach is pursued to estimate particles transportation, by evaluating the charged particles distribution, and applying the other conditions of the SRP.

Keywords

Thermoelectric Generator; Ratchet Potential; Brownian Ratchet; Electrostatic; Particles Distribution; Energy Harvesting.

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