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2011-06-06 20:13:20

Neutron analysis of the atomic dynamics behind thermal conductivity is helping scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory gain a deeper understanding of how thermoelectric materials work. The analysis could spur the development of a broader range of products with the capability to transform heat to electricity. Researchers performed experiments at both of ORNL's neutron facilities -- the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor -- to learn why...

2011-05-05 05:30:00

MIT researchers have found a way to make solar power perform more efficiently. The team's system produces power using the sun's heat with about eight times the power than previously reported for a solar thermoelectric device. Gang Chen, MIT's Carl Richard Soderberg Professor in Power Engineering and director of the Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories, said on MIT's website that the concept "is very radical." The new system uses flat, stationary panels similar to traditional...

2011-03-17 09:19:00

GENEVA, GRENOBLE, France and FREIBURG, Germany, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), ARaymond and Micropelt today announced that they are jointly presenting thermal-energy harvesting-based solutions to power 'smart sensors' and 'smart microsystems' at the Hannover Fair under the common theme of 'Green Solutions.' The three companies are partnering to exhibit the entire value chain of self-sustaining wireless systems in a joint booth (Hall 8, D26). Wireless...

2010-06-08 12:38:00

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensors Expo and Conference, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center -- An innovative self-powered, wireless, temperature-sensing proof-of-concept was unveiled today at Sensors Expo and Conference with an integrated demonstration of their respective technologies by Dexter Research [www.dexterresearch.com] and Tellurex Corporation [www.tellurex.com]. The integrated display at the show operates as a truly autonomous sensing system. The demonstrator...

2010-05-18 03:00:00

GENEVA and FREIBURG, Germany, May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world's number one supplier of semiconductors for power and power management applications, and Micropelt GmbH, a young German company specializing in novel thin film thermoelectric devices, have announced a jointly-developed autonomous wireless sensor evaluation kit. The TE-Power NODE evaluation kit combines Micropelt's Thermogenerator and ST's EnFilm(TM) solid-state thin-film battery as...

2008-08-24 15:00:30

General Motors is working on an exhaust gas regeneration system that will capture waste heat and convert it, through a thermoelectric generator, to charge the alternator and save fuel. (c) 2008 Press, The; Christchurch, New Zealand. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-24 14:40:00

Researchers have invented a new material that will make cars even more efficient, by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity. In the current issue of the journal Science, they describe a material with twice the efficiency of anything currently on the market. The same technology could work in power generators and heat pumps, said project leader Joseph Heremans, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology at Ohio State University. Scientists call such materials thermoelectric...

2008-06-30 12:03:07

Nextreme Thermal Solutions, the leader in microscale thermal and power management products for the electronics industry, has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Green Business Fund to enhance the efficiency of thin-film thermoelectrics used to convert waste heat into electricity. Efficiency of power conversion is becoming increasingly important across all market segments, including IT, automotive, and industrial manufacturing. As energy costs continue to skyrocket, the...

2008-06-03 14:55:00

Researchers are working on a thermoelectric generator that converts the heat from car exhaust fumes into electricity. The module feeds the energy into the car's electronic systems. This cuts fuel consumption and helps reduce the CO2 emissions from motor vehicles.In an age of dwindling natural resources, energy-saving is the order of the day. However, many technical processes use less than one-third of the energy they employ. This is particularly true of automobiles, where two-thirds of the...

2007-02-15 14:00:00

Berkeley -- Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have successfully generated electricity from heat by trapping organic molecules between metal nanoparticles, an achievement that could pave the way toward the development of a new source for energy. The discovery, described in a study published today (Thursday, Feb. 15) in Science Express, an electronic publication of the journal Science, is a milestone in the quest for efficient ways to directly convert heat into electricity....

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