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NASA licenses technology that converts waste heat into electricity


By David Schwartz
Published: April 15th, 2015

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, has licensed a set of patents on a technology that converts waste heat into electricity to Evident Technologies of Troy, NY.

Known as high-temperature thermoelectric materials, the patents could be applied to a range of settings, including high-temperature industrial processes such as ceramic and glass processing plants. For automobiles, the technology can feed waste heat from the exhaust back into the vehicle to generate electricity, for example.

Overall, the technology is meant to increase power efficiency and deliver low-cost solutions for harvesting waste heat. Evident Technologies aims to develop the NASA innovation into commercial modules within the next three months.

“We feel that there is an unmet need for customers who want to convert high-temperature heat into electricity,” says Clint Ballinger, CEO of Evident Technologies. “We are excited to capitalize on these NASA advances and plan to launch commercial products very soon.” There are currently no products on the market that convert waste heat into electricity.

Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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