Researchers at Temple University and the University of Maryland has discovered a new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting. The researchers, Harsh Deep Chopra, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Temple, and Manfred Wuttig, professor of materials […]






Researchers at Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, in Lublin, Poland have demonstrated the importance of thermoelectric effects in nanostructures. For about 200 years physicists have sought the efficient turning of heat into electricity in the field called thermoelectrics. Scientists have long known that in conducting materials the flow of energy in the form of heat is also […]






Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) research shows heat pump water heaters can reduce an entire home’s energy use if they’re connected to the appropriate ducting. The added ducting improves an already energy-efficient alternative to conventional electric resistance water heaters. PNNL researchers found in their example that a fully ducted a heat pump water heater reduce […]






A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has reported a discovery of an entirely new form of crystalline order that simultaneously exhibits both crystal and polycrystalline properties. The newly found crystalline order is being described as “interlaced crystals”. The interlaced crystal arrangement has properties that make it ideal for […]






A multidisciplinary engineering team at University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering (UCSD) has developed a new nanoparticle-based material designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90% of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700º C (1292º F) and survive many years outdoors in […]






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