Traditional fossil fuel power generation process typically has low efficiency. Large amount of the energy loss in Rankine cycle steam turbines (ST) is due to the temperature difference between the combustion flame temperature ∼2250 K (adiabatic) and the high pressure steam temperature up to 900 K. This paper investigates the potential of harvesting this energy to produce additional electrical power using solid-state thermoelectric (TE) power generators placed into the gap between the flame temperature and the steam temperature. Three dimensional (3D) numerical model of a simplified TE module is developed. Different dimensions of fin added to the TE module were investigated to maximize the additional electrical power generation without sacrificing the boiler efficiency.

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