When we think of using electricity one of the prevalent uses is to provide a heat source. We see this in our everyday lives as ranges and ovens, microwaves, kettles, hot water tanks, baseboard heaters, as well as other applications. So how about reversing the process and capturing heat and directly converting to electricity, is this possible? As it happens there is a classification of materials which have a property called a thermoelectric effect.
Boosting energy efficiency is an important element of the transition to a sustainable energy system. There are big savings to be made. For example, less than half the energy content of diesel is actually used to power a diesel truck. The rest is lost, mostly in the form of heat. Many industrial processes also deal with the prob…..