Thermoelectrics – Direct Heat to Electricity – Self-Power Gas Boiler: No Grid Power Needed for Home Heating.
GMZ Energy, a market leader in the development of high-temperature thermoelectric generation (“TEG”) solutions, has announced the successful demonstration of a self-powered gas boiler. When disconnected from all external power sources, the boiler continued to operate without interruption because it incorporated GMZ’s TG16-1.0, a high-power thermoelectric module that converts a portion of the boiler’s internal heat directly into electricity. With this module, GMZ’s partner, a world-leading boiler manufacturer, can offer a new level of functionality and reliability to its customers.
The TG16-1.0 fully powers all of the boiler’s components, including the controller, fan and circulator pump. This means the boiler can operate indefinitely without grid power, making it a potentially life-saving product that can keep homes warm during natural disasters and extended power outages. For many, the self-powered boiler will be a low-cost alternative to a whole house generator. Its convenience and security can protect customers who live in remote areas with unreliable grid service.
Dr. Martin Cleary, Applications Specialist at GMZ, said: “The unique thermal and mechanical stability of GMZ’s patented thermoelectric modules are critical in high-temperature applications, such as boilers, where temperatures reach 1,200 degrees Celsius. GMZ’s new, high-power module, the TG16-1.0, is ideal for this type of application because its high power density can take full advantage of the high temperatures associated with combustion.”
Cheryl A. Diuguid, CEO of GMZ, added: “We are pleased to announce the self-powered boiler in partnership with a world-leading boiler manufacturer. It’s tests like this that demonstrate the commercial viability of high-temperature TEGs. Major original equipment manufacturers in a variety of industries around the world are adopting this technology and we are happy to offer the leading high-temperature solution.” (11/13/14)
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