New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source

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09/08/2017 09:13 PM EDT

Yi Gu's research group

A new device being developed by Washington State University physicist Yi Gu could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source. The device is a multicomponent, multilayered composite material called a van der Waals Schottky diode. It converts heat into electricity up to three times more efficiently than silicon–a semiconductor material widely used in the electronics industry.

Full story at https://news.wsu.edu/2017/08/30/heat-to-energy-fuel-source/

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Washington State University

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