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In the heat of the light

August 6, 2019

Scientists at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories are drawing on decades of nuclear research on salts to…
How can we design electronic devices that don’t overheat?

November 19, 2018

You’ve felt the heat before — the smartphone that warms while running a navigation app or the laptop that…
Heat transfer surprise could lead to thermal transistors

September 10, 2018

As much as 100 times more heat than predicted by the standard radiation theory can flow between two…
Solar tower exposes materials to intense heat to test thermal response

June 22, 2018

Sandia National Laboratories is using its solar tower to help assess the impact of extreme temperature changes on…
Raising the heat to lower the cost of solar energy

May 22, 2018

Sandia will compete to build a high temperature concentrating solar power pilot plant Sandia National Laboratories will receive…
Novel Circuit Design Boosts Wearable Thermoelectric Generators

October 10, 2017

Using flexible conducting polymers and novel circuitry patterns printed on paper, researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept wearable thermoelectric generators…
Using Heat to Power Computers

April 20, 2017

Ever since the invention of computers, researchers and engineers have been trying to figure out how to manage…
Researchers harness heat to power computers

April 19, 2017

One of the biggest problems with computers, dating to the invention of the first one, has been finding…
Dial-a-fire test complex ignites huge blaze

April 30, 2016

Though researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories Thermal Test Complex study a variety of fires, they focus on…
‘Underground battery’ could store energy, CO2

January 7, 2016

Meeting the Paris Climate Agreement goal of limiting the increase in the global average temperature to well below…
‘Star Wars’ Science: Risk Analysis Gone Wrong

December 16, 2015

Engineers behind the Death Star infamously slapped a series of “thermal exhaust ports” — glorified holes — across…
SunShot Initiative Award Funds Scaleup of Argonne’s Leading-Edge Thermal Energy Storage System

September 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative program announced funding awards to several research projects that aim to…
Microchannel systems could boost future of solar thermal electricity

September 17, 2015

Microchannel technology pioneered at Oregon State University has demonstrated in laboratory experiments that it can significantly improve the…
New technology to turn waste heat into electricity

June 11, 2014

Researchers at DTU have developed a thermoelectric module made of ceramic materials with the capacity to utilize waste…
Thermal conductance can be controlled like waves using nanostructures

March 24, 2014

Thermal conduction is a familiar everyday phenomenon. In a hot sauna, for instance, you can sit comfortably on…
Solar cells that utilize thermal radiation

November 12, 2013

Thermal radiation from the sun is largely lost on most silicon solar cells. Up-converters transform the infrared radiation…
Carbon nanotubes lead to strikingly large contrasts in the thermal conductivity of phase change materials

July 23, 2013

Being able to fabricate materials that allow a reversible tuning of their electrical and thermal properties near room…
A Quantum Dot Energy Harvester: Turning Waste Heat into Electricity on the Nanoscale

February 14, 2013

A new type of nanoscale engine has been proposed that would use quantum dots to generate electricity from…
‘Invisible’ particles could enhance thermoelectric devices

February 7, 2013

New approach could improve the efficiency of devices that harness power from temperature differences. Thermoelectric devices — which…
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