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Recycled tailpipe heat may power car electronics

January 9, 2013

It may soon be possible to use wasted heat from your vehicle’s tailpipe to power electronics in your car, thanks to a new thermoelectric material developed by researchers in Michigan. The development of such compounds was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and Office of Science. Partners in the project include Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Stephanie Brock, a professor of chemistry at Wayne State, said that these new materials could be used wherever heat is a byproduct. “If you have a plug-in cooler for your car, for example, that’s a thermoelectric material but it isn’t very efficient,” she said. “Automobile exhaust is a different story. General Motors is looking at ways to use waste heat from a car to run peripheral electronics.”


Read the full Great Lakes Echo article by Celeste Bott.



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