# Re: Thermocouple power

• Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Thermocouple power
• From: Steve Holly <sgholly@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 20:33:38 -0500

```Like one of these...   http://www.hi-z.com/websit04.htm

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73,
Steven WI2W

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Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 6:47 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Thermocouple power

Last week there was an interesting debate about raising the altitude of
a
satellite by using magnertic fields.

Carrying on the wacky ideas theme, I've been looking at producing power
by
using thermocouples and not solar cells.

Question: Does anyone know the 'current' or the impedance of the voltage

source represented by a thermocouple?

A thermocouple generates an emf (voltage) proportional to the difference
in
temperature between its two junctions.

Given that we know a white object in space gets very cold, while
Aluminium
gets very hot it's interesting looking at the possibility of
thermocouple
power....Even if it's just to understand its limitations

A thermocouple can be made very small so it should be possible to
manufacture an array of them in a reasonable space.

Example:  A junction of two wires, one made from constantan and  one
from
Chromel will generate a voltage of 58 microvolts for every degree
difference
between the junctions.

That means for a 100 degree C difference you  generate  5.8mV. For 350
junctions in a chain you generate 2.03 V and for 6 chains (if you wanted
to risk all those junctions in series) you
could have 12.18V

But.........how much power can you draw from it ??

73

David

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