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Silicon Nanowires Turn Heat to Electricity

Thermoelectric converters could tap waste heat from power plants and microchips

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Silicon Nanowires Turn Heat to Electricity

nanowire thermoelectric converter

Image: Nature
Nanowire Thermoelectric converter The difference in temperature between two sides of a chip [red is hot, blue is cold] cause electrons to flow in a roughened silicon nanowire.

11 January 2008--Silicon nanowires may lead the way to converting waste heat into electricity, according to research reported yesterday in the journal Nature.

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Greg Mably


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