An Italian company specialized in production and distribution of systems and accessories for motorhomes and caravan, has based on the Seebeck technology its development of a new thermoelectric generator suitable for charging batteries of campers, trucks and boats.
Conversion of temperature gradient into electric current is a well-known physical phenomenon, discovered by T. J. Seebeck on 1821. He noticed the movement of the magnet needle when different metals were connected and exposed to a temperature gradient; the deflection was caused by an induced electric current. Connecting the two materials using an electrical circuit, direct current flows into it. Seebeck technology is actually used by NASA, to feed spatial probes and Mars rovers.
The innovative generator, developed by the Italian company thanks to a SME Instrument - phase II project, is composed by several Seebeck Modules and a dedicated fuel burner, feeded by the fuel (diesel or gasoline) taken from the vehicle's tank. The max charge capacity is 150 W/h (300A/Day) with an average fuel consumption of 0.20-0.58 l/h.
Considering standard generator consumes 2-5 l/h to produce through his 12V/24V charging system - 8A/h, the thermoelectric generator can highly increase efficiency of charging systems.
The new generator provides silent and safe electricity production, offering complete autonomy in the open air both on land and on the sea. No more concerns about solar panel in winter or when cloudy: the generator can be connected within an integrated system including also solar panels and wind generator, able to use the best vehicle's power source.
With the new thermoelectric generator, no more worries about batteries and searches for an electric plug: the vehicle batteries can be recharged everytime it’s necessary, even in areas with environmental restrictions or in a crowded parking, thanks to the very limited noise and emissions.
The new generator is the ideal solution for campers, that often travels inside parks and uninhabitated areas, but can be a very useful device also for trucks and boats. A special version will be devoted to the vast nautical market, where more specific features are expected.
The thermoelectric generator allows to create a gas free vehicle, that uses only the fuel available from the tank in order to guarantee independence and increase occupants safety.
Based on the interesting results and experience gained from the generator, the company is developing new cogeneration systems to produce heat together with electricity, and other devices dedicated to revolutionary air conditioning systems with very low electricity consumption. With the aim to revolutionize the air conditioning systems of recreational vehicles, the company protected the new technology with three new patents.
The Italian company is looking for new technical partners, such as:
- designers and manufacturers of campers-caravans-motorhomes, boats, trucks, interested in developing special solutions of the thermoelectric generator to equip their vehicles;
- companies providing technical and maintenance services for recreational vehicles interested in developing new solutions and installing thermoelectric generators on campers, boats, trucks;
- producers of accessories and equipment for campers, boats and trucks, wishing to integrate the innovative generator in the solutions offered to their clients.
The proposed collaboration types include technical cooperation agreement and commercial agreement with technical assistance.