Humans have moved one step closer to creating a device that could convert heat into a potential source of electricity.
Now, a new study
has made heat a more realistic solution, making the advances in
solid-state thermodynamics required to turn the science fiction into
, said: “Over half of the energy we use is wasted and enters the atmosphere as heat.”
able to create a thicker material – that more closely resembles what a
future device would look like – to amplify the voltage output ten times
from a few nanovolts to tens or hundreds of nanovolts – meaning it can
be readily scaled up for industry
real world device, the team are confident that the proof-of-principle
established by this study will inspire further research.