Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) scientists demonstrated that breaking open the trade-off problem between thermopower and conductivity improves thermoelectric performance. Energy consumption in developed countries has been rather wasteful. Nearly two-thirds of the total energy is typically discarded as “waste heat,” which ends up simply dumped into the atmosphere. Lately, finding a way to productively […]

Researchers led by Shanhui Fan from Stanford University have designed an off-grid, low-cost modular energy source that can efficiently produce power at night. The system uses commercially available technology and could eventually help meet the need for nighttime lighting in urban areas or provide lighting in developing countries. Although solar power brings many benefits, its […]