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Nat Mater. 2009 Feb;8(2):83-5. doi: 10.1038/nmat2361.

An inconvenient truth about thermoelectrics.

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Abstract

Despite recent advances, thermoelectric energy conversion will never be as efficient as steam engines. That means thermoelectrics will remain limited to applications served poorly or not at all by existing technology. Bad news for thermoelectricians, but the climate crisis requires that we face bad news head on.

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19165205
DOI:
10.1038/nmat2361

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