The standardization of thermoelectric generator (TEG) performance measurement is of a major interest for a usage of them in industrial energy harvesting application. The effects influencing the TEG measurement are regarded and are addressed in this article. The dramatic influences of different measurement parameters are pointed out. The output power dependence on the contact pressure is investigated as a major attempt. The influence of contact pressure on the temperature of the TEG-substrate at the hot side is observed with a high resolution IR camera.
Different approaches are discussed in order to obtain the accurate efficiency of a TEG. The heat flux method is influenced by many effects that can falsify the results. The Harman method is used as another approach to determine the figure of merit to calculate the efficiency.