University of Rochester researchers have demonstrated how laser etching of metallic surfaces creates the ”perfect solar energy absorber”. This not only enhances energy absorption from sunlight, but also reduces heat dissipation at other wavelengths. The researchers also demonstrated solar energy harnessing with a thermal electric generator. The University of Rochester research lab that recently used […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… University of Tsukuba researchers in Japan have developed an improved thermocell design to convert heat into electricity. The thermocell contained a material that exhibited a phase transition from one arrangement of atoms to another when heated to 50° C (122° F).. The phase transition caused the output voltage of the thermocell to […]

University of California Davis researchers are asking, “What if solar cells worked at night?” They are not joking. In fact, their specially designed photovoltaic cell could generate up to 50 watts of power per square meter under ideal conditions at night, about a quarter of what a conventional solar panel can generate in daytime, according […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… A Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday to All! A University of Hong Kong team invented a Direct Thermal Charging Cell (DTCC) which can effectively convert heat to electricity, creating a huge potential to reduce greenhouse effects by capturing exhaust heat and cutting down primary energy wastage. Dr. Tony Shien-Ping Feng of the Department of […]

Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien,Vienna) scientists have now developed a completely new material with a ZT value of 5 to 6. It is so effective that it could be used to provide energy for sensors or even small computer processors. Thermoelectric materials convert heat into electrical energy. The amount of energy that can be […]

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