Hi my name is Mohammed and I’m going to be working on a USB-generator powered by fire or heat. I’m anxious to see what this project will look like when I’m finish with it, including the modifications.
Here is a link to a picture of my final design:
Reflection /Conclusion: I’m really happy with my project I wish I just had more time to modify it and make it sufficient. This program was also very fun, I like the fact of the friendly staff and that when you order something its usually here in the next 2 days. Another good thing about Bluestamp is that they want you to finish by the parents night so then the other days that you are here you can work on modifications.
This is what the finish product looks like and what everything on the design looks like. The Battery we were using was used as a step up to step it up to 5 volts of power instead of what the TEG module was producing which was around 2 volts of power.
Documentation: These are the parts that i used for my design, or the Bill of materials.
|A TEG Module||Digikey||926-1361-ND||1||41.18||http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/430144-511/926-1361-ND/3687297|
|Thermaltake Mobile Fan 12 External USB Cooling Fan 120mm||Amazon||B002OJN250||1||19.59||http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Mobile-External-Cooling-AF0007/dp/B002OJN250|
|Deep Cool ALPHA 6 LGA775 CPU Cooler||Microcenter||488726||1||8.99||http://www.microcenter.com/product/362295/ALPHA_6_LGA775_CPU_Cooler|
|LiPower -- Boost Converter||Sparkfun||PRT-10255||1||14.95||https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10255|
|Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound||microcenter||468256||2||19.99||http://www.microcenter.com/product/363547/Formula_7_Nano_Diamond_Thermal_Compound|
|220k Ohm resistor||N/A||N/A||2||N/A||From Stock|
|330 Ohm resistor||N/A||N/A||2||N/A||From Stock|
Here is a 3D design of my build in Google Sketch-up. Here is my schematic: Hints/Tips: Do not ever put the Hot plate on a very high temperature because if you do then it will melt the solder that is connecting the wires to the TEG module. Try not to make the aluminium bigger than the fan because that is just excess space.
This my first milestone which was to get a 5 volt reading from the TEG module. To get the 5 volt reading I had the fan on the top of the heat sink which takes the heat from the TEG module and then the fan cools it down so then it can take more heat away from the TEG module. In this i used a battery as a step up because the TEG module was outputting 3 volts of power. Since the battery was put in series with the TEG module whatever the battery is producing is added to what the TEG module is producing.
The Glow Jacket is my actual Starter Project and it is a jacket with some EL (Electroluminescent) wire on it. EL wire is a strand of wire that can receive power and it will light up. This Starter Project took a lot of time mainly sewing the wire on to the jacket, but it also did take a little soldering. The Glow Jacket needs a battery source so I put the a battery into the left pocket which has a brightness setting and a blink speed setting too so I can conserve battery if I need .
The MiniPOV was my first starter project. (The MiniPOV is a device that displays an image if it is spun very fast.) The default pattern is when the LED’s light up in a spatial order, which means that if you spin the MiniPOV in a circle very fast then you can see somewhat of a spiral pattern. The MiniPOV consists of Resistors, diodes, LED’s a battery, a Serial port to program the micro-controller/IC.