Electricity from waste heat with more efficient materials

He found that by adding organic layers between layers of zinc it is possible to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials. The organic layers are also believed to have a major effect in reducing thermal conductivity, which would be very useful in thermoelectric materials.

How to make skutterudites with your microwave

The key to saving vast amounts of energy? It's right there on your kitchen counter, say scientists at Oregon State University.

Eco-Helix turns waster heat into electricity

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, households in the United Kingdom use the equivalent of 7.6 million tons of oil per year to heat water. 

Multiferroic alloy turns waste heat to energy

Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new alloy capable of converting heat directly into electricity. 

How to convert waste heat into energy

Waste heat, the byproduct of all kinds of machinery and processes, has long been seen as a potential source of energy - if only the capture-and-convert process could be made more efficient.