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Old 07-21-2017, 01:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for continuing the thread. That's a lot of TEGs at $20-$25 each!

I think this description so far suggests significant complexity in using TEGs to replace an alternator entirely. A much simpler set up would contribute to reducing alternator need. It could be smaller and cheaper.

To tvago's good points, I assume we'd use cooling fins if we put a TEG unit into the under car airstream. Daox is talking about a lot of TEGs, and I think they would not easily fit around the manifold. Better to be lined-up along the straight middle sections of exhaust piping. Some sort of forced airflow seems possible under the car, along the piping, quite easily. Personally, I would sacrifice temp differential for system simplicity. Coolant circulation makes for complexity.

Any system would need some kind of controller, yes? And there would be a need for a way to prevent the TEGs from drawing power when the car is cool, maybe? There might be situations in which ambient air is warmer than exhaust piping, no?
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