Originally published in Interiors & Sources

10/13/2010

Waste Heat Harvesting Eliminates CFCs, Increases PV Performance

 
Waste Heat Harvesting Eliminates CFCs, Increases PV Performance

A new method of harvesting waste heat could make CFCs obsolete and increase the performance of solar panels. University of Arizona physicists have discovered a new way to harvest waste heat and turn it into electrical power. Common heat wasters such as car engines, power plates, solar panels, and factories could all benefit from the potential of thermoelectricity.

Unlike current devices that take advantage of heat-conversion technology in steam turbines and refrigerators, these new devices require no mechanics or CFCs. A rubber polymer nestled between two metals acting like electrodes does the job.

Thermoelectric technology could prove especially useful regarding solar panels. Solar panels typically suffer from an efficiency decline after getting too hot. Thermoelectric technology could harvest the excess heat and use it to generate additional power, all while cooling down the solar panels.

 

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Mitsubishi Electric’s H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide 100% heating capacity down to 0° F and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F delivering year-round comfort, regardless of climate zone.

Connectrac wireways offer discrete power and technology connectivity in open interior spaces of all kinds; affordably, quickly and with long-term flexibility.



When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.

Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


Mitsubishi Electric’s H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide 100% heating capacity down to 0° F and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F delivering year-round comfort, regardless of climate zone.

 
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