GMZ Energy has announced the successful demonstration of a self-powered gas boiler. When disconnected from all external power sources, the boiler continued to operate without interruption because it incorporated GMZ's TG16-1.0, a high-power thermoelectric module that converts a portion of the boiler's internal heat directly into electricity. With this module, GMZ's partner, a world-leading boiler manufacturer, can offer a new level of functionality and reliability to its customers.
The TG16-1.0 fully powers all of the boiler's components, including the controller, fan and circulator pump. This means the boiler can operate indefinitely without grid power, making it a potentially life-saving product that can keep homes warm during natural disasters and extended power outages. For many, the self-powered boiler will be a low-cost alternative to a whole house generator. Its convenience and security can protect customers who live in remote areas with unreliable grid service.
Dr. Martin Cleary, Applications Specialist at GMZ, said: "The unique thermal and mechanical stability of GMZ's patented thermoelectric modules are critical in high-temperature applications, such as boilers, where temperatures reach 1,200 degrees Celsius. GMZ's new, high-power module, the TG16-1.0, is ideal for this type of application because its high power density can take full advantage of the high temperatures associated with combustion."
Cheryl A. Diuguid, CEO of GMZ, added: "We are pleased to announce the self-powered boiler in partnership with a world-leading boiler manufacturer. It's tests like this that demonstrate the commercial viability of high-temperature TEGs. Major original equipment manufacturers in a variety of industries around the world are adopting this technology and we are happy to offer the leading high-temperature solution."
About GMZ Energy
GMZ Energy is a market leader in the development of high-temperature thermoelectric generation ("TEG") solutions that directly convert waste heat into electricity. The company uses its patented processes to manufacture thermoelectric ("TE") materials that improve performance and increase efficiency across multiple applications, thereby lowering costs. GMZ partners with OEMs worldwide to develop TEG modules for appliances, passenger vehicles, heavy equipment, diesel generators, power plants and industrial waste heat recovery. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Waltham, MA, GMZ has a broad portfolio of internationally-developed patents. The company's top-tier investors include: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, BP Alternative Energy, I2BF, Mitsui Global Investment, and Energy Technology Ventures (a joint venture between General Electric, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips). To learn more, visit: www.gmzenergy.com .
Source: GMZ Energy
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