Patent Number: 7,100,369

Title: Thermoelectric generating device

Abstract: A thermoelectric generating device has a thermoelectric element which utilizes an exhaust gas from an engine as a high temperature heat source and an engine coolant as a low temperature heat source in order to generate electricity. An introducing passage introduces a part of the exhaust gas passed through the thermoelectric element into an intake of the engine. An introducing valve opens and closes the introducing passage. A controller controls an opening degree of the introducing valve according to a load of the engine.

Inventors: Yamaguchi; Hiroo (Toyohashi, JP), Yamanaka; Yasutoshi (Kariya, JP)

Assignee: DENSO Corporation

International Classification: F01N 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018