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Thermo-electric power production facilitated by ionic liquid [Registered]

Harvesting waste heat from various sources such as power stations and even vehicle exhaust pipes could soon provide a valuable supply of electricity. Researchers at Monash University, Australia have developed an ionic liquid-based thermocell. Thermocells are based on harnessing the thermal energy from the difference in temperature between two surfaces and converting that energy into electrical energy. Led by Laureate Fellow Professor Doug MacFarlane, the thermocell device developed is claimed to have the highest power outputs yet reported and no carbon emissions. The device could be used to generate electricity from low grade steam in coal fired power stations at…

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