University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center has shown that a voltage can be generated by harnessing differences in spin populations on a metal contact attached to a ferromagnetic material through a mechanism known as the Spin Hall effect. The researchers used supercomputers to identify various forms of cobalt oxide combined with nickel […]

Sweden’s KTH The Royal Institute of Technology researchers are using thermoelectric generation to save vehicles hundreds of liters of fuel and reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 1,000 tons per year. Working with automotive manufacturer Scania, the researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have been testing semi trucks equipped with a […]

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 […]

Tetsuo Nozawa of Nikkei Electronics saw a demonstration of thermoelectric conversion while interviewing people at Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc. in the US. In the rig a candle is used to heat a thermoelectric converter. What might be a surprise is that the process of burning the candle -> on to heating the thermoelectric converter -> […]

With all the believers in the face of the best facts still pushing for global warming doomsdays, coal is having a difficult time as a fuel for the exploding need for electrical power generation. Now I fully agree that burning coal and sending clouds of effluents rich in nasty metals, sulfur compounds and an array […]

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