VW Equipping Future Cars With Heat Recovery Systems

The International Thermoelectric Society website reported that Volkswagen showed a prototype vehicle equipped with a thermoelectric generator, recovering the dissipated heat energy and converting it into electricity. The prototype has been shown at the "Thermoelektrik - Eine Chance Für Die Atomobillindustrie?" meeting held in Berlin in October 2008.

Lead Telluride-Based Thermoelectric Device Breaks Efficiency Record Barrier

Just like a savior knight, energy recovery comes to help the industries that pollute most and that waste large quantities of heat. A 14% efficiency has been reported for a newly-invented thermoelectric nanomaterial by the researchers of Northwestern University in Illinois. So far, efficiency values in this field didn't exceed 10%.

Energy Dept: Geothermal Power Has “Enormous Untapped Potential”

A new report by the U.S. Department of Energy identifies geothermal energy — in which heat from beneath the Earth’s surface is used to...
3D Printed Thermoelectric Generator Material is Flexible Enough to Install Practically Anywhere

3D Printable Thin Film Thermoelectric Generator is Flexible Enough to Install Anywhere

Most energy systems are extremely inefficient, but flexible thermoelectric generators could recover some of that lost energy and put it back into the system. If...

Fire-Powered Wifi Router in a Stone Aims to Take You Online in the Wild

A Wi-Fi router embedded in a 1.5-ton rock and powered by fire could keep you connected even in the deepest of forests. Wireless networks are everywhere...

Organic Thermoelectric Conversion Material to Be Used in Human Health Monitoring Devices

Using an organic polymer, Fujifilm Corp developed an organic thermoelectric conversion material and claims the material demonstrates the highest thermoelectric conversion efficiency in the...

Body Heat Harvesting Wearable Patch Better than Batteries

There is a new hope for keeping wearable gadgets hooked as long as you like, without even minding of charging them. An NSF sponsored nanoengineering...

After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Japan Moves toward Coal and Gas Power

In wake of Tokyo’s struggles with moving away from costly oil, Japan is planning to build 14 new gas and coal-fired power plants by...
Ikea electric table concept

Thermoelectric Table from Ikea Turns Heat Into Electricity

You may not realize how much heat everyday objects give off. Your computer, television, or even your cup of tea – all of these...

MIT Researchers Invent Solar Cells That Transform Heat Into Electricity

If you thought photovoltaics can only get energy from the Sun, then you were wrong. An MIT team of researchers have invented a device that produces electricity from heat. The process uses the photovoltaic effect as the middleman and is three times more efficient than the most efficient lithium ion batteries on market today.