College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 3

College of Engineering

Department - Author 3

General Engineering Department

Degree - Author 3

BS in General Engineering



Primary Advisor

Jason Poon, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


This paper proposes a device that utilizes thermoelectric generators (TEGs) for energy generation from solid biomass combustion, with a focus on addressing the low power electricity needs of off-grid dwellings and remote cabins in Alaska. The feasibility of a device utilizing TEG technology to convert waste heat from wood stoves into electrical power is explored, with the goal of offering a continuous and weather-independent energy source. Potential customers and stakeholders were consulted to build requirements for the system, including power output, size, ease of use, safety features, and cost considerations. The design utilizes passive water cooling to provide a temperature differential – a highly efficient strategy for thermoelectric generation. The final prototype is designed to fit the form factor of off grid cabins, occupying roughly 1ft2 on the stove and 1ft3 for the associated electronics. The device produces a steady state power of 13W with boiling water in the reservoir and a maximum of 25W intermittently. This design meets the needs of portability, affordability, and ease of use for the potential market. This system has the potential to enhance energy access and reliability in off-grid locations and offers a promising solution for improving the quality of life in remote areas.