The Thermoelectric Converter uses a series of semiconductor thermoelectric
cells to convert thermal energy into electrical energy. The output from the
cells drives a small electric motor.
How it works
Heat to Electrical Energy:
Place one leg of the Thermoelectric Converter into cold water, the other into hot. The fan turns as the converter draws energy from the hot source (typically a 50°C temperature differential is required).
Electrical Energy to Heat:
Pass a current (3 A DC at 5 V) through the Thermoelectric Converter. It acts as a "heat pump." One leg becomes warmer while the other becomes cooler.
- Demonstrates that a temperature differential is essential for extracting usable energy
- Produces electrical energy from a temperature differential
- Produces a temperature differential with electrical energy
- 15 cm tall with 6 cm diameter fan