Penn State scientists have designed a new flexible thermoelectric generator that can wrap around pipes and other hot surfaces and convert wasted heat into electricity more efficiently than previously possible. The energy systems that power our lives also produce wasted heat – like heat that radiates off hot water pipes in buildings and exhaust pipes […]

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 […]

Hokkaido University researchers have more than doubled the ability of a material to convert heat into electricity. With progress in development it could help reduce the amount of wasted heat, and thus wasted fossil fuel, in daily activities and industries. The researchers and their colleagues in Japan and Taiwan have improved the ability to transform […]