University of Tsukuba in Japan researchers have developed a way to recover environmental heat with a new type of thin-film thermoelectric cell, based on two different materials that show changes in their redox potential on cycling of temperature. The device is driven by differences in temperature and capable of recovering background heat energy at slightly […]

An Osaka University research team has created a thermoelectric material with promising performance at room temperature. The non-toxic, room-temperature thermoelectric material is competitive with conventional bismuth telluride, and could be used for power generation or refrigeration. Thermoelectric (TE) materials could play a key role in future technologies. Although the applications of these remarkable compounds have […]

Bielefeld University physicists have found a way called spin currents to use the energy electronic devices such as computers generate as heat that mostly goes to waste. They apply the heat to generate magnetic signals known as ‘spin currents’. In the future, these signals could replace some of the electrical current in electronic components. In […]

A new Washington State University thermoelectric generator device could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source. The device is a multicomponent, multilayered composite material called a van der Waals Schottky diode. It converts heat into electricity up to three times more efficiently than silicon – […]

VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and German company ZAE Bayern have built a pilot system emission-free, solar-powered chiller. Demand and the need for cooling are growing, the potential market is world-wide, particularly in warm countries. VTT and ZAE Bayern have developed a solar-powered 10 kW chiller. This absorption chiller works in the same way […]

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