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Thermoelectric Generator

A photograph of a material.

Alan Overa, MSE PhD Student, and Pierre Ferdinand Poudeu-Poudeu, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, construct a stable copper selenide material in the H. H. Dow on North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI on September 29, 2017. The material is made from a combination of copper, selenium and idiom, and is the first material that can turn waste heat into electricity. Applied to a hot pipe in a glass factory or metal processing plant, it only requires about half as much heat as previous generators to begin pumping out electricity. Photo: Joseph Xu/Senior Multimedia Content Producer, University of Michigan - College of Engineering