Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) envision a device that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space.   The idea is essentially new, even as we live live on an enormous natural nuclear fission reactor in the earth’s core.  In the midst of a very cold winter the [...]

A Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany has a group that can claim high efficiency thermionic conversion of heat energy.  The heat source could be light from the sun, heat from burned fossil fuels, nuclear or any of the fuel sources that yield energy with heat. Because of its thermionic energy’s [...]

In a completely unexpected finding, MIT researchers have discovered that tiny water droplets that form on a superhydrophobic surface, and then “jump” away from that surface, carry an electric charge. Initially the finding was that droplets could jump from a condenser surface – a component at the heart of most of the world’s electricity-generating power [...]

A small team of Monash University researchers working under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) has developed an ionic liquid-based thermoelectric cell. Thermoelectric cell technology is based on harnessing the thermal energy from the difference in temperature between two surfaces and converting that energy into electricity. The Aussie’s breakthrough [...]

A research team from the University of Michigan (UM) has found a way to nearly double the efficiency of a particular class of thermoelectric material.  Thermoelectric materials can be used to turn waste heat into electricity or to provide refrigeration without any liquid coolants and the new class of them is made with organic semiconductors. [...]

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