STUDY OF THERMOELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY FOR AUTOMOBILE AIR CONDITIONING
An analytical study was conducted to determine the feasibility of employing thermoelectric (TE) cooling technology in automobile airconditioners. The study addressed to key issues - power requirements and availability of thermoelectric materials. In this paper, a mathematical model was developed to predict the performance of TE airconditioners and to analyze power consumption. Results show that the power required to deliver a cooling capacity of 4 kW (13,80 Btu/h) in a 38(degree)C (100(degree)F) environment will be 9.5 kW electric. Current TE modules suitable for air conditioning are made of bismuth telluride. The element tellurium is expected to be in short supply if TE cooling is widely implemented for auto air conditioning; some options available in this regard were studied and presented in this paper.
- Paper presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) annual winter meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1-6 December 1991. Sponsored by the Department of Energy.
Oak Ridge National LaboratoryP. O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN United States 37831
- Mathiprakasam, B
- Heenan, P
- Mei, V C
- Chen, F C
- Publication Date: 1991
- Pagination: 22 p.
- TRT Terms: Air conditioning systems; Cooling; Cooling equipment; Power factor (Electricity); Thermoelectric materials
- Old TRIS Terms: Power factors; Thermoelectric cooling
- Subject Areas: Highways; Society; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00623079
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-911213-7
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM