G. Min and M. Rowe
The development of economic thermoelectric generators for waste heat recovery has become a research focus over the past a few years. In this paper, a review is given of the insights and guidelines proposed recently in an attempt to improve the economical viability of thermoelectric generators. Novel concepts and typical examples of the recent developments in thermoelectric power generation are presented. These include high-power-density thermoelectric generating modules; symbiotic heat-and-power co-generating systems; heat-recirculating thermoelectric-combustion systems and micro-scale thermoelectric converters.