P11462: Thermoelectric and Fan System for Cook Stove


Project Summary Project Information
Stove with TE Device Attached

Stove with TE Device Attached

TE Device

TE Device

Project Overview:

According to the World Health Organization more than three billion people depend on biomass fuels (wood, dung, or agricultural residues) primarily for cooking. The practice of cooking with biomass has decimated many ecosystems and requires an enormous amount of human effort to gather. In addition, there is considerable evidence that exposure to biomass smoke increases the risk of common and serious diseases in both children and adults. According to the WHO studies, indoor smoke from solid fuels causes an estimated 1.6 million deaths annually. To minimize these harmful effects associated with cooking more efficient cook stoves have been proposed. These new stoves are significantly more biomass fuel efficient and thus reduce deforestation rates. These enhanced stoves also reduce indoor air pollution, thereby reducing deaths and illnesses due to biomass cooking.

Project Objective:

The goal of this project is to develop a thermoelectric power system for the first generation of RIT cook stove (project P10461). The thermoelectric power unit should convert heat directly into electricity to power a fan and provide power for auxiliary loads.

Project Name
Thermoelectric and Fan System for Cook Stove
Project Number
Sustainable Technologies
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Professor Ed Hanzlik
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Rob Stevens
Primary Customer
Dr. Rob Stevens
Team Members
Jeff Bird
Tom Gorevski
Fahad Masood
Jared Rugg
Brad Sawyer

Team Documents

Planning System Level Design Detailed Design MSD II Testing and Design MSD II Documents

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Required Resources

Project Readiness Package

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Identify Risks

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Proposed Product Concept

Project Interfaces

Concept Design Review Documents

Concept Design Review Action Items

Overall Heat Transfer Coefficient Test

Stove Pressure Drop Test

Flow Rate Variation Test

Beam Sizing Memo

Heat Sink Sizing Memo

Additional Mechanical Considerations

Proposed Design Screenshots

Thermoelectric I-V and Power Curves

Battery Sizing

Mechanical Detailed Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Bill of Materials

Preliminary Test Plans

Detailed Design Review Documents

Detailed Design Review Action Items

Managerial Design Review Presentation

Fan Operational Test

Bypass Operational Test

Mechanical System Live Test

Boost Converter Operational Test

Battery Charger Test

Switching Circuit Test

Technical Conference Publication

Poster Publication

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

ME Hand-off

Final ME Design

Mechanical System Test Procedure

EE Hand-off

Final Circuit

Engineering Specs Vs. Final Design

Final Budget

Final Review Items

Photo Gallery

Group Contact Information