July 16, 2018
A team from Stanford University, including Hertz Fellow Ian McKay, is proposing continuous electrochemical heat conversion as a direct method of harvesting heat to electricity. Using flow cells and solid-oxide cells respectively, they have built proof-of-principle heat harvesters operating both near ambient conditions, and at high temperatures.
In a paper in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science, they report experimentally demonstrating continuous electrochemical heat engines based on two redox-active working fluids separated by ion-selective membranes.
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