UNIVERSITY OF UTAH ENGINEERS DEVELOP CHIP THAT CONVERTS WASTED HEAT TO USABLE ENERGY
It’s estimated that as much as two-thirds of energy consumed in the U.S. each year is wasted as heat. Take for example, car engines, laptop computers, cellphones, even refrigerators, that heat up with overuse.
Imagine if you could capture the heat they generate and turn it into more energy.
University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor Mathieu Francoeur has discovered a way to produce more electricity from heat than thought possible by creating a silicon chip, also known as a “device,” that converts more thermal radiation into electricity. His findings were published in the paper, “A Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer Device,” in the newest issue of Nature Nanotechnology. (More)