Response to "comment on 'Effective thermal conductivity in thermoelectric materials'" [J. Appl. Phys. 113, 204904 (2013)]

Lauryn L. Baranowski, G. Jeffrey Snyder, Eric S. Toberer

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Abstract

It is commonly claimed that achieving maximum power from a thermoelectric generator necessitates electrical load matching conditions instead of the operating condition derived for maximum generator efficiency. Here, we explain why the electrical load matching claim for maximum power in a design optimization is flawed and show that the load condition derived for maximum efficiency always produces more power. Finally, we consider a CPM generator, and prove that the electrical condition for maximum efficiency is indeed the electrical condition for maximum power, maximum power density, maximum power/cost of thermoelectric material, and maximum power/weight of thermoelectric material, when the leg length of the thermoelectric generator is a design variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number126102
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume115
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 28 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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