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New alloy converts heat directly into electricity [Registered]

University of Minnesota engineering researchers in the College of Science and Engineering have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity. This revolutionary energy conversion method is in the early stages of development, but it could have wide-sweeping impact on creating environmentally friendly electricity from waste heat sources. The research is led by professor Richard James and is published in the first issue of the new scientific journal Advanced Energy Materials. Researchers say the material could potentially be used to capture waste heat from a car’s exhaust that would heat the material and produce electricity for…

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