posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 08:06 PM
Scientist has discovered more efficient way to generate electricity based on proven theory of dissimilar metals property of electron flow.
Gone would be the noisy compressors, the environmentally dubious coolants, and the dust bunnies under the cooling coils. Instead, says the chemistry
professor at Michigan State University, the unit would rely on electricity flowing through specially designed semiconductors to keep the inside of the
icebox chilled. Those same semiconductors also could be used to convert wasted heat in auto exhaust pipes, power-plant smokestacks, or other sources
into valuable electricity.
In principle, if semiconductors can be formed with sufficiently high ZTs, it might be possible to build self-powering devices or to augment
More immediately, it may be possible to wring more electricity out of every ton of coal, cubic foot of gas, or barrel of oil burned. If 10 percent of
that energy could be harnessed using semiconductors to convert heat to electricity, it could outstrip the contribution from the renewables, he
If this were brought to fruition and marketed imagine how much less dependent we would be on oil.
[Edited on 6-2-2004 by Phoenix]