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Ryan Kiracofe

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Mechanical Engineering

Power-Generating Thermogalvanic Bricks for Waste Heat Utilization from Buildings

Mentor: Patrick Phelan
FURI: Spring 2019

The research analyzes the transformation of wasted thermal energy into a usable form through thermogalvanic devices. This technology helps mitigate international growing energy demands. Building energy efficiency is a critical research topic, since the loads account for 40% of all energy demand in developed nations, and 30% in less developed nations. A significant portion of the energy consumed for heating and cooling, where a majority is dissipated to the ambient as waste heat. This research answers how much power output (µW·cm-2) can the thermogalvanic brick experimentally produce from an induced temperature gradient?

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Thermal Analysis of a Thermogalvanic Brick

Mentor: Patrick Phelan
FURI: Fall 2018

Energy is used to make a building more hospitable compared to the external environment and accounts for 40% of all energy demand. However, most of the energy is dissipated to the ambient environment as waste heat. This presents an interesting research topic on developing and analyzing methods that generate electricity from this temperature gradient. Thus, the research question for this project is: how much power output (W·cm-2) can the thermogalvanic brick experimentally produce from an induced temperature gradient? The thermogalvanic brick has potential for further refinement through thermal optimization of the material and shape.