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Exergy Analysis of a Wood Fireplace Coupled with Thermo-Electric Modules
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1  Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli Studi di Firenze, 50121 Firenze, Italy

Published: 11 September 2020 by MDPI in The First World Energies Forum session Exergy (registering DOI)

In recent years the climate change issue, coupled with the concern of resource depletion, are favouring the blossoming of renewable energy conversion systems. Particularly, the development of new technologies for the combustion of biomass, have drawn a special attention to the possibility of coupling thermoelectric modules with stove-fireplaces. The current thermoelectric generators have many attractive points, such as a solid structure, absence of noise, and no maintenance required, however, due to their very low efficiency (48%), they are still economically non-attractive. However, if the modules are applied to a heat source, which otherwise would be wasted, the interest of the solution certainly grows. In this study an exergy analysis of a stove-fireplace coupled with thermo-electric modules is performed, with the aim of identifying the critical issues of the overall system. The obtained exergy efficiency of the whole system resulted to be of 36.2%. A sensitivity analysis on the main parameters affecting the second law efficiency of the system (such as number of cells, dimension of the stove fireplace, heat input ...) is also carried out.

Keywords: thermo-electric modules; stove-fireplace; exergy analysis; thermodynamic