We decided to test thermal energy harvesting usability in reality. As we mentioned in other articles Peltier element cannot generate high power, but we can store this power in some time interval and then use it. We already described functionality of Peltier element (aka. Thermo electric cooler - TEC) and ECT 310 boost converter and here we will measure their performance.
An H bridge is an electronic circuit that can be used for loads such as motors to be driven in both directions, forward and backwards. H bridges are available as integrated circuits but here, we will explain H-bridge build from discrete component. We will see which problems may occur during control and how to fix those problems. H-bridge is modeled as 4 switches that can be controlled to achieve various voltage forms to the load. In real design, switches are made by transistors.
Thermoelectric coolers (TEC) operate by the Peltier effect (which also goes by the more general name thermoelectric effect). The device has two sides, and when DC current flows through the device, it brings heat from one side to the other, so that one side gets cooler while the other gets hotter.
ADJD-E622-QR999 is a high performance, small in size, cost effective light to voltage converting sensor. The sensor combines a photodiode array and three transimpedance amplifiers in a single monolithic CMOS IC solution. With a Red (R), Green (G) and Blue (B) color filters coated over the photodiode array, the sensor converts RGB light to analog voltage outputs, denoted by VROUT, VGOUT and VBOUT, respectively. Complete project with ATmega8 using this sensor can be read at THIS ARTICLE