New thermocell could harvest 'waste heat'

17 July 2013

Thermocell photo
A new, carbon-neutral thermocell could harvest waste heat from power stations and convert it into electricity. Credit: Doug MacFarlane and Theodore Abraham.

Harvesting waste heat from power stations and even vehicle exhaust pipes could soon provide a valuable supply of electricity.

A small team of Monash University researchers working under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) has developed an ionic liquid-based thermocell. Thermocell technology is based on harnessing the thermal energy from the difference in temperature between two surfaces and converting that energy into electricity.

See the full story, as well as a link to a video, at http://monash.edu/news/show/new-thermocell-could-harvest-waste-heat-1