Rough silicon nanowires demonstrated high performance thermoelectric properties Image: Berkely Lab
From left, MIT electrical engineering graduate students Yogesh Ramadass, Naveen Verma and Joyce Kwong, along with Professor Anantha Chandrakasan. Photo / Donna Coveney
February 12, 2008 The huge potential for utilizing the heat from the human body and other sources to generate electrical power is beginning to be realized on several fronts. Recently we encountered plans to capture and use human body heat in building design and now news of research breakthroughs at MIT and Berkeley that promise to advance the widespread application of thermoelectric power generation in our daily lives.
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