Ohio State University researchers have figured out how to convert heat into electricity in a form more suitable for industry. This is the research group that pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity. The engineers describe in Nature Communications how they used magnetism on a composite of nickel and […]






University of Houston researchers are reporting that they have demonstrated a step forward in converting waste heat – from industrial smokestacks, power generating plants or even automobile tailpipes – into electricity. With energy conservation expected to play a growing role in managing global demand, materials and methods that make better use of existing sources of […]






Purdue University researchers with an international team of collaborators have used a ‘thermal metamaterial’ to control the emission of radiation at high temperatures. The advance that could bring about devices able to efficiently harvest waste heat from power plants and factories. Generally, its known that about 50 to 60 percent of the energy generated in […]






North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics. The experimental thermoelectric generator prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far more electricity than previous lightweight heat harvesting technologies. The researchers also believe they […]






MIT engineers have invented a bubble-wrapped, sponge-like device that soaks up natural sunlight and heats water to boiling temperatures, generating steam through its pores. Bubble wrap and a sponge? The design the researchers call a ‘solar vapor generator’ requires no expensive mirrors or lenses to concentrate the sunlight, but instead relies on a combination of […]






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