EDS Report

 Thermo Electric Generators


 Team Members:

Michael Christy, Aaron Dressel, Jonathan Grant,

Cody Harger, Carter Rossett


October 27, 2009

Client Contact:  Leland Weiss


The purposes of thermoelectric generators are to scavenge wasted heat and turn that heat into energy.  The intended use for our application is for a 3.5-4hp engine.  The goal is to help create more energy from a low energy producing engine.   Depending on how well the product works, some unintended uses could include the engine on the tech eco car, or it could be used on a larger scale such as the engine of a car.  

The amount of power expected to be generated is anywhere from 10 to 20W.  Complimentary requirements would be the forced induction needed to cool the thermoelectric generator.  Limits that need to be determined to make the project successful would be keeping the size to less than 2 lbs.  and keeping the dimensions to under 216 in3. 

The final product need to meet many standards to be useful in today’s market.  The design needs to be affordable, efficient, and have the ability to be versatile.  The environment needs to be considered in the design as well.  If the product has a negative effect on the environment it will not be considered for any applications.  The maintenance of the thermoelectric generators needs to be kept to a minimum, but zero maintenance would be the ultimate goal.  This product will be more useful to the consumers if they do not have to worry about maintaining something else on their car, assuming that the design makes it all the way to car production. 

Once the design is complete and the numbers are recorded.  A decision needs to be made on how convenient this product will be.  Does the product make a substantial amount of power that it needs to be on every engine?  If so the cost needs to then be evaluated.  Can the thermoelectric generators be mass produced and at what cost.  Does the cost to produce them exceed the cost that an individual can save by having this product installed on their car.  Basically does the return in investment exceed the product development cost?

The thermoelectric generators have a good idea behind them, but if the standards for cost and environment are not met they are not useful to the public.  


Below is an attachment of the power point presentation given in class on our EDS report.

Team Scavenger Team 6,
May 9, 2010, 9:12 PM