From Ames Labs: “New Material Provides 25 Percent Greater Thermoelectric Conversion Efficiency” 

The breakthrough reveals another example of the strategic importance of rare-earth elements

Evgenii Levin, Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory
Rama Venkatasubramanian, RTI International
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs

“Automobiles, military vehicles, even large-scale power generating facilities may someday operate far more efficiently thanks to a new alloy developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. A team of researchers at the Lab that is jointly funded by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, achieved a 25 percent improvement in the ability of a key material to convert heat into electrical energy.

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