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New approach to waste-heat energy harvesting: pyroelectric energy conversion

  • Author(s): Pandya, S
  • Velarde, G
  • Zhang, L
  • Wilbur, JD
  • Smith, A
  • Hanrahan, B
  • Dames, C
  • Martin, LW
  • et al.

Harvesting waste heat for useful purposes is an essential component of improving the efficiency of primary energy utilization. Today, approaches such as pyroelectric energy conversion are receiving renewed interest for their ability to turn wasted energy back into useful energy. From this perspective, the need for these approaches, the basic mechanisms and processes underlying their operation, and the material and device requirements behind pyroelectric energy conversion are reviewed, and the potential for advances in this area is also discussed.

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