Power-related compatibility and maximum electrical power output of a thermogenerator

W. Seifert*, K. Zabrocki, E. Müller, G. J. Snyder

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The compatibility approach enables the description of thermoelectric effects in terms of intensive state variables. Within the framework of a new optimization strategy based on selfcompatible thermoelectric elements,the consequences for the maximum electrical power output from a graded thermoelectric generator with fixed length are discussed. Unlike efficiency and coefficient of performance, no strict local criterion exists for maximum power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2399-2406
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010


  • Thermoelectric effects
  • Thermogenerators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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