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Recycled tailpipe heat may power car electronics
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.