Thermoelectric Material May Help Cars Turn Heat Into Electricity

Thermoelectric Material May Help Cars Turn Heat Into Electricity 

 Thermoelectric Material

Researchers have invented a new material that will make cars even more efficient, by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity. In the current issue of the journal Science, they describe a material with twice the efficiency of anything currently on the market.

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Ottawa To Build The First Gasification Plant In North America

Ottawa To Build The First Gasification Facility In North America

First gasification facility in North America to make energy from waste.

This week, city counselors in Ottawa, Ontario, unanimously approved a new waste-to-energy facility that will turn 400 metric tons of garbage per day into 21 megawatts of net electricity–enough to power about 19,000 homes. Rather than burning trash to generate heat, as with an incinerator, the facility proposed by Ottawa-based PlascoEnergy Group employs electric-plasma torches to gasify the municipal waste and enlist the gas to generate electricity.

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Solar-Powered TV By Sharp Unveiled

Solar-Powered TV By Sharp Unveiled 

 Sharp´s 26-inch low-power TV prototype paired with a solar module.

For the 1.6 billion people living in areas without utility-supplied electricity, Sharp has designed a TV that can get 100% of its power from the sun. The company plans to exhibit the 26-inch LCD prototype at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit, or G8 Summit, in Hokkaido, Japan, on July 7-9.

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