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Low emission innovative generator based on Seebeck technology suitable for charging batteries of campers, trucks and boats

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ABSTRACT

An Italian SME has developed an innovative generator that provides silent and safe electricity production for charging batteries of recreational vehicles.
Technical cooperation agreement and commercial agreement with technical assistance are sought with:
- designers and manufacturers of campers, trucks and boats interested in equipping their vehicles with the thermoelectric generator;
- companies offering accessories / solutions and services for campers, trucks and boats.

 

FULL DESCRIPTION

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 itís 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.


Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: The partners sought are companies specialized in offering components / equipment / accessories / services related to campers, boats, trucks users, such as:
- designers and manufacturers of campers-caravans-motorhomes, boats, trucks,
- companies providing technical and maintenance services for recreational vehicles;
- producers of accessories and equipment for campers, boats and trucks.
The ideal partners are interested in:
- developing new and special solutions of the thermoelectric generator;
- adapting and integrate the innovative generator on campers, boats, trucks;
within technical cooperation agreement and commercial agreement with technical assistance.


Advantages & innovations:

The main advantages and innovations of the new thermoelectric generator are:
- always ready and available: it uses the vehicle's diesel/gasoline;
- easy to use: the touch screen allows to control everything with a tap;
- powerful: able to feed 150 W/h; 200W/h on boat version;
- silent: less than 32db(a) at 7mt, when the generator is running it does not disturb even during sleep;
- low emissions: usable also in protected natural area or crowded parking;
- smart and efficient: it stops working when batteries are charged, and no fuel is wasted;
- optimal combustion: thanks to an integrated pressure sensor, the combustion is constantly optimized for altitude and atmospheric pressure, up to 3.000 mt;
- totally automatic: it manages batteries autonomously, without any user action;
- integrable: it can manage also solar panels and wind generator, to create an integrated system able to use the best energy source
- versatile: it manages every type of 12V/24V battery: lead/agm/gel/lithium
- remote control availability: an optional module for remote control can be used through a dedicated app (android/ios);
- heavy duty: protected against reverse polarity, overload, overheating and low battery;
- updatable: software user updatable using the MicroSD slot.


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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
ITALY
Date created
06/03/2020
Date updated
13/03/2020
Deadline
14/03/2021

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Commercial agreement with technical assistance Technical cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Information Processing & Systems \ Industrial Manufacture \ Other Industrial Technologies \ Energy Topics \ Measurement, Testing & Standards \ Renewable Energy
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Transport and Shipping Technologies / Charging system / ENERGY / Energy production, transmission and conversion / Generators, electric engines and power converters
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Manufacture of electric motors, generators and transformers / Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c.
MARKET KEYWORDS
ENERGY / Alternative Energy / Combined heat and power (co-generation) / ENERGY / Alternative Energy / Other alternative energy
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