Device turns wasted heat into clean electricity, scientists say

TECHXPLORE | New matchbook-sized devices could convert wasted heat in our homes, offices and vehicles into an environmentally friendly source of electricity, according to a team of scientists.

"We can take advantage of sources of wasted heat all around us, for example the hot water lines in our homes," said Shashank Priya, associate vice president for research and professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State. "Normally all the residual heat coming off those pipes is lost into the atmosphere. Now we are able to trap some and convert it to useful electricity."

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