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Hi!

I think the title and the poor quality image that I've uploaded (sorry for that) are self explanatory:

on alibaba.com there is a chinese company, thermonamic, that has built a thermoelectric generator capable of 500w, so I was wondering if it was possible to install in a house a mini power plant capable of powering all the household goods.

It won't be a proper renewable energy system, since you'll need to burn gas or wood to heat up the oil needed to circulate in those generators, nevertheless it will provide a huge amount of power consuming a very little quantity of combustile (a fotovoltaic system won't burn anything, but it will be able to produce and store energy only when the sun is shining, this instead will be able to work anytime).

I'm sure I've missed a lot of components (i.e. filters, valves) but I'm not an expert in this field, so I hope someone will correct me, and explain me all the errors that I've made.

The teg500t can be found here http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/500-watts-Li... , they can work in series; I've emailed them for a price inquiry and they gave me a price range from 5000 usd for one unit and 1500 usd for 100 and more units, so the only way to buy one of these is via a buying group, like massdrop.

otherwise you can contact other companies, like Marlow http://www.marlow.com/power-generators/energy-harv... and ask for a custom system, similar to the chinese one, but I don't know how much will they cost.

then for the oil pump one will need a diathermic oil pump http://www.europages.co.uk/companies/diathermic%20... and I've no idea how much they cost, and diathermic oil as well.

radiators, water pumps, water tanks and tubings can be found quite easily

I've no idea who could build and program a computer that works that way, but I think it has to be build with server grade components, since it will work relentlessly, and will have to interact with all the other components via sensors.

I've also made a youtube video about seebeck cells, my english is awful ahah

Hope you'll find this idea interesting, thanks for the attention.

<p>I think is tooo... expensive for a house, and complicated! There are other ways, much simpler and less costly... </p>
<p>At that power level (4.5kW), a sterling engine might be more cost effective.</p>
<p>Hi! thanks for the reply! I don't know how much a sterling engine cost to be honest; Here in Italy there are some companies that can install microcogenerators that run on gas <a href="http://www.infobuildenergia.it/prodotti/microcogeneratore-a-gas-mchp-472.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.infobuildenergia.it/prodotti/microcogen...</a> for way less than 10000 euros.</p><p>Mine was just an attempt to build a system that can provide fewer watt (less than 1,5kw) but constant, and a way to introduce thermoelectric generators to people </p>

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