New Carbon Nanotube-Based Thermoelectric Material Could Be a Game Changer

A new thermoelectric material has been invented at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at wake Forest University. It's been called Power Felt,...
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Japanese Thermoelectric Generator Yields Record Efficiency

Nowadays we can notice that a lot of devices and objects we use daily are becoming smarter every day. We can see this trend...

New MIT Thermoelectric Device Pushes Efficiency to Its Theoretical Limit

The Carnot Limit, calculated in the 19th century, demonstrates and sets the maximum efficiency that any device can achieve in converting heat into work. Theoretically and practically, you can't go over that limit. So, the devices constructed up to now only get a tenth of Carnot's limit.

GM to Research Shape Memory Alloy for Heat Recovery Systems

GM's R&D has to build a prototype of a thermo-mechanical waste heat recovery system using a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) heat engine to generate electricity from the heat in exhaust. Noticeable is the fact that GM was between the 37 other candidates that received the ARPA-E award.

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.

New Thermoelectric Tube by Panasonic Recovers Lost Heat Energy

The latest technology by the giant Panasonic, a "thermoelectric tube," is being tested at their Northeastern Clean Center in Kyoto City for its power...

Thermophotovoltaic Solar Cells Produce Electricity in the Dark

Scientists developed a new nanomaterial that can make solar cells generate electricity in the dark. "Solar power generation in the dark? How is this possible?"...

Newly Discovered Nanoscale Structural Displacements Lead the Way to More Efficient Thermoelectrics

A team of scientists from important US research institutes such as the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia University, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, while studying lead chalcogenides (lead paired with tellurium, selenium or sulfur), have discovered how these behave at an atomic scale and how they could offer great thermoelectric properties.

New Multiferroic Alloy Magnetizes When Heated, Transforms Waste Heat Into Electricity

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota has discovered a new alloy that can transform heat into electricity. The approach is new and uses a coil to transform the magnetic field generated by the alloy.

Thermoelectric Generator: How to Build One

A thermoelectric generator is a semiconductor device that transforms the heat difference between its two layers into electricity. It belongs to a class of materials called...