We are trying to integrate or hybridize renewable energy systems such as photovoltaics (solar thermal heaters) and thermoelectric generators for efficient clean energy services such as cooking services. The design is a novel approach to boost the conversion efficiency of each of the systems through synergistic effects. The power output from the integrated systems can be additive (electrically connected in series) and we will also utilize battery systems for the storage of surplus electricity production. Moreover, we will carefully select materials systems for the cooking that can be assembled from the local materials - modified "Mitad". Mitad is the local name that is used for traditional cooking in Ethiopia. We will choose materials systems for the assembly of modified "Mitad" that have high thermal conductivity and less thermal dissipation to minimize energy loss during the cooking process. This can provide mainly clean cooking services for societies not connected to the main electri...
We are trying to integrate or hybridize renewable energy systems such as photovoltaics (solar thermal heaters) and thermoelectric generators for efficient clean energy services such as cooking services. The design is a novel approach to boost the conversion efficiency of each of the systems through synergistic effects. The power output from the integrated systems can be additive (electrically connected in series) and we will also utilize battery systems for the storage of surplus electricity production. Moreover, we will carefully select materials systems for the cooking that can be assembled from the local materials - modified "Mitad". Mitad is the local name that is used for traditional cooking in Ethiopia. We will choose materials systems for the assembly of modified "Mitad" that have high thermal conductivity and less thermal dissipation to minimize energy loss during the cooking process. This can provide mainly clean cooking services for societies not connected to the main electric grids, such as societies residing in rural and remote places in Ethiopia. To ensure the sustainability of the project and quality assurance, we will train postgraduate students at Ph.D. and M.Sc. levels for capacity building with energy systems integration sectors.
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