Web Date: November 3, 2011
Turning Heat Into Energy
A thin-film device turns an annoying optical effect into a means to convert infrared radiation directly into electricity (Nano Lett., DOI:10.1021/nl203196z). The device is still in its early stages, but researchers hope it will lead to inexpensive, flexible films that could recoup wasted energy when they are wrapped around hot machines such as industrial generators or car engines.
The hotter an object is the more infrared radiation it produces. Harvesting energy from . . .
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