The material was developed by a team from Michigan State University, led by Prof. Donald Morelli (pictured)
A test of the new material, being conducted at Michigan State University's Center for Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion
The production process involves grinding “very common materials” into a powder, then using a combination of heat and pressure to compress them into the sizes needed
Wherever there’s enough of a temperature gradient between two surfaces, thermoelectric materials can be used to generate an electric current. If a coat were made with thermoelectric felt, for instance, a current could be generated by exploiting the difference between the wearer’s body heat and the cold outdoor air. Now, scientists have developed an inexpensive new type of thermoelectric material, that could make the technology more commercially viable.
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