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Published March 28, 2014 | Accepted Version + Published
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Response to "Comment on 'Effective thermal conductivity in thermoelectric materials'" [J. Appl. Phys. 113, 204904 (2013)]


It is commonly claimed that achieving maximum power from a thermoelectric generator necessitates electrical load matching conditions instead of the operating condition derived for maximum generator efficiency. Here, we explain why the electrical load matching claim for maximum power in a design optimization is flawed and show that the load condition derived for maximum efficiency always produces more power. Finally, we consider a CPM generator, and prove that the electrical condition for maximum efficiency is indeed the electrical condition for maximum power, maximum power density, maximum power/cost of thermoelectric material, and maximum power/weight of thermoelectric material, when the leg length of the thermoelectric generator is a design variable.

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© 2014 AIP Publishing. (Received 6 August 2013; accepted 8 March 2014; published online 24 March 2014)

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