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Harvest thermal energy

  1. Jan 27, 2015 #1
    hello

    is there a good article or reference to outline the available methods to harvest ambient or solid thermal energy and their efficiency and limitations?

    thanks!
     
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  3. Jan 27, 2015 #2

    Quantum Defect

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    Look up "thermoelectric materials".

    Also look at what you can find on the DOE website. I recall DOE being interested in projects with molten salts as thermal storage materials.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2015 #3
    what's the DOE website?
     
  5. Jan 27, 2015 #4

    Quantum Defect

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    doe.gov -- Department of Energy (Department of Energy)
     
  6. Jan 27, 2015 #5

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  7. Jan 27, 2015 #6

    Khashishi

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    A well known limitation is the Carnot efficiency. You can't beat that with a cycle powered by temperature differences.
     
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