Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yiji Lu,
Professor Tony Roskilly
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Thermogalvanic cell also named as thermocell is a new type of technology converting low-grade thermal energy to electricity. In this study, we establish an one-dimensional model of a Fe(CN)63-/4- concentric annulus thermocell and evaluate the influence of electrode spacing and cell direction on the cell performance. Results indicate the ratio of electrolyte thermal resistance to total thermal resistance plays a crucial role in cell performance while electric resistance has relatively less influence. The power of thermocell rises significantly as the electrode spacing increases, from about 0.75mW in both directions to 1.75 mW in horizontal direction and 2.75 mW in vertical direction. Convection of electrolyte is unfavorable to cell performance and the critical electrode spacing where convection begins to affect heat transfer is predicted to be the optimized spacing. At all values of electrode spacing in this study, thermocell in vertical direction performs better than that of horizontal direction.
Author(s): Qian G, Lu YJ, Huang YQ, Li Z, Yu XL, Roskilly AP
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Energy Procedia
Print publication date: 01/12/2017
Online publication date: 30/01/2018
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (electronic): 1876-6102
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Notes: 9th International Conference on Applied Energy
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