Using the Permies search engine I found about 75 Threads related to T.e.g. after a 1.4 second search, all within Permies.com - some of the best Threads
were posted in the Alternative energy section !
Per your question regarding T.e.generators and Rocket stoves mass heaters,I am going out on a limb here and say none ! It is my sincere
hope that there has been a breakthrough in this Technology and I will be proved wrong !
T. E. Generators have many fans - but the Truth is they are very inefficient in transferring Heat Energy into Electrical Energy with its own problems with
Energy Storage- With losses in conversion to chemical energy (batteries) and from Chemical back to Electrical energy !
The Physics of T.e.g. units requires an area that can accept The inward flow of heat energy, and a much cooler opposing end that is 60ºƒ + cooler,
Most units smaller than a dump truck barely produce enough electricity to pump a continuous supply of cool water PLUS light a few LEDs.
I expect that if there is to be a future for Small Scale T.E.G. units it will be in Finding a way to make them very cheap! This would seem to eliminate most
of the current crop of Approaches
With Ether Solar or Wind energy it is much simpler to determine a R. O. I. or Return on Investment, Maintenance costs and a pay-back date !
It is nearly impossible to find anyone who is posting Any 3rd party testing for the performance of existing units, and it is critical that you Know both the
minimum number of Kilo-watt hours needed and the units of Electrical energy capable of being produced by any T. E. G. Unit !
Certainly This is not the final say on this subject today or in the future, a little study on your Current Kilo-watt hours consumption will prepare you to
determine when and if any teg unit will serve you as more than a toy !
For the Good of the Craft ! Big AL
Success has a Thousand Fathers , Failure is an Orphan
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posted 5 years ago
For real Big Al?!
Hum. From the adverts they make it sound like these things will trickle charge your battery bank and actually be a viable way to produce some electricity, but it sounds like it's just a drop in the bucket. Is that true of the water cooled versions too? If so I'm bummed. It sure sounded good... Does anyone else out there know any differently or do you know the same as Al?
Sounds great. Well, almost, that is until you take note of the very low power of the system which they mentioned in the video. Specifically, 14 volts at 1.5 amperes. That's a minuscule 21 watts, good for lighting a few LEDs, "trickle charging" your phone, and etc.