How to match the load of a DC-converter? Answered
I'm having a few TEG-elements (TEP-1264-1.5) that I want to put best use of and plug them in to a circuit in one end and get a 5V USB in the other end!
They are acting somewhat similar to solar panel and a matched load (in this case 2.0 - 2.8 Ω for each) is needed for optimal performance. They will provide during matched load 2.5-4V and 0.5-1.5A and I'm planning on putting two of them in series.
I have been looking at a MPPT design, but those seem to be based on the fact that they are charging a 12V battery that can accept a wide range of input voltages and therefore it's possible to have a DC/DC converter that just adjusts the conversion.
In my case I wan't exactly 5V but I can accept various currents 300mA - 1000mA, so if I know my Ohms law right I should be able to get a load resistance of ~1 - 16 Ω which is quite far out of range.
Is there any way to design a circuit that has a matched load of 2.0-2.8Ω (or will it be twice if they are in series?) while still being able to give a constant output of 5V?