Waste heat generator
Waste heat is MTPV's friend. The company is developing chips which can convert infrared energy into electricity. Its manufacturing process is an improvement over existing technologies, making the chips more efficient, according to the company. One of its investors is French buildings giant Saint Gobain where these heat generators are being beta-tested in glass factories. Over time, MPTV wants to design chips that can work with lower temperatures. The photovoltaic chips would fit over the four squares seen here. Water flows through the two tubes under the copper heat sinks to remove the heat.
March 3, 2011 9:31 AM PST
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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