Researchers at Tohoku University have announced a new thermoelectric device using cutting edge thermoelectric conversion technology. Thermoelectric conversion technology converts energy abandoned as waste heat back to electric power that could potentially save lost energy. The new technology, known as the spin Seebeck effect, has conversion efficiency 10 times higher than the conventional method. Although […]






Many phenomena in physics, though well-known, are not necessarily widely understood as is the case with thermoelectricity. Thermoelectricity is the phenomena that harnesses waste heat by coupling heat flux to build an electric current. Understanding such phenomena is important in order to leave the door open for discovering novel manifestations of them. Even today physicists […]






Researchers at MIT have come up with a new alternative system for generating electricity, which harnesses heat and uses no metals or toxic materials. The new approach is based on a discovery announced in 2010 by Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT, and his co-workers. At the time a […]






Researchers at Utrecht University, the Netherlands reveal in a new study a novel mechanism for controlling the energy transfer between electrons and the bismuth crystal lattice. Mastering this effect could, ultimately, help convert waste heat back into electricity. At the atomic level, bismuth displays a number of quirky physical phenomena. Piotr Chudzinski from Utrecht University […]






Northwestern University researchers are reporting that doping tin selenide with sodium boosts its performance as a thermoelectric material. The newly devised material produces a significantly greater amount of electricity than the undoped material, given the same amount of heat input. The researchers can confidently suggest the material pushes thermo electric technology closer to commercial usefulness. […]






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