A University of Michigan (UM) team led by Professor Jinsang Kim and Associate Professor Kevin Pipe developed a new polymer plastic that disperses heat better than other polymers. The UM research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. While plastics are inexpensive, lightweight and flexible they […]

In an astonishing discovery Xinwei Wang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University found spider silk to be a top quality carrier of heat. Wang said, “This is very surprising because spider silk is organic material. For organic material, this is the highest ever. There are only a few materials higher – […]

The MSRP is $2749.00 Canadian.  One panel per 1000 square feet, more north than Maine’s northern tip.  The basic collector is made using recycled soda pop cans. Amazing.  This thermal panel works astonishingly well.  Note – don’t test the thermal conductivity of an aluminum can with a heat source that can burn skin – the […]

Researchers from Boston College, MIT, Clemson University and the University of Virginia have used a nanotechnology processing technology to achieve a 60 to 90 percent increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit of p-type half-Heusler, a common bulk semiconductor compound. The team’s paper has been published in the journal Nano Letters. Half-Heusler compounds and the […]

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