Creating power from wasted heat
February 27th, 2007

Today, about 90 percent of the world’s electricity is created through an indirect and inefficient conversion of heat. It is estimated that two thirds of the heat used by thermoelectric converters are wasted and released. But now, researchers from the University of California at Berkeley have found a new way to convert this wasted heat into electricity by trapping organic molecules between metal nanoparticles. So far, this method of creating electricity is in its very early stage, but if it can scale up to mass production, it may lead to a new and inexpensive source of energy.

Links: Primidi, ZDNet


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