Thermoelectrics May Improve Efficiency in Gasoline-Powered Cars

June 24, 2013 · Print This Article

For a car that runs on gasoline, just one third of each gallon of fuel actually powers its systems. The rest, turned into heat, is wasted. However, new applications of thermoelectric (TE) potential may allow automobiles with internal combustion engines to be built to run more efficiently. Transforming some of this unused heat into electrical energy could help potential everything from lights and windows of passenger cars to hydraulics and electric

doors of construction vehicles.

Published in the Energy Quarterly section of the June 2013 issue of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin, Philip Ball’s Thermoelectric heat recovery could boost auto fuel economy begins by acknowledging that, considering electric vehicles that run on batteries “remain a distant prospect for routine use, particularly for long-haul heavy transport and construction machinery,” internal combustion engines will likely stick with us for a […]

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