Patent Number: 8,823,316

Title: Thermal effluent to electric energy harvesting system

Abstract: A system for harvesting electric energy from thermal energy includes energy conversion assemblies that can be distributed about a conduit through which a heated effluent flows. Each energy conversion assembly includes two heat sinks, a thermoelectric cell sandwiched between the two heat sinks, and a thermal insulating gasket surrounding the thermoelectric cell and separating the two heat sinks. Circuit wiring electrically connects to each thermoelectric cell where the energy conversion assemblies are electrically connected to one another in parallel. An electric power storage device is coupled to the circuit wiring.

Inventors: Woodall; Robert C. (Panama City, FL), Adams; Robert G. (Panama City Beach, FL)

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy

International Classification: H02J 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018