Apple to use heat recovery technology?

“Apple is purportedly talking to small development company Eneco, which has developed a chip that converts heat into electricity. If it works, it could have a big impact on how IT equipment, and in particular laptops and other mobile devices, are designed and powered. However, there are still several technological issues to be resolved,” Dennis Sellers reports for Macsimum News.

Sellers reports, “According to articles at Green Business News and Macworld UK, Dr Lew Brown, president and CEO of Eneco, told investors that its new chip technology ‘will revolutionize the way we generate electricity.'”

Sellers reports, “Eneco is a development stage company that claims to have invented and patented a ‘solid state energy conversion/generation chip’ that will convert heat directly into electricity or alternatively refrigerate down to -200 degrees celsius when electricity is applied.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]

40 Comments

  1. > I dream of wireless AC and DC current to eliminate all those terrible power cords. Not holding my breath. The guy who invents that will be able to buy the state of Hawaii.

    I don’t think so. There have apparently been MANY such technologies invented over the years, only to be bought up and shelved by oil companies, hidden from the public for reasons of “national security”, or whatever. The real trick doesn’t seem to be inventing this stuff, but getting it into the pulic’s hands. Long live capitalism!

    MDN word: This is just ANOTHER amazing, planet-saving technology that’ll be lucky to see the light of day while oil companies keep getting richer.

  2. That is not econo invention, that is called “Termoelectric Chip” you can find it on ebay or JAMECO, it is a simple ceramic chip that “Pumps” heat from one way to athoner depending on the polarity, for that reason, is colds the other side, so you use it as a heater or as a cooler, but if you apply heat, you can produce electricity. I put one of those in may old PowerMac dual G4 on the heat sink in order to cool it.

  3. >>>I don’t think so. There have apparently been MANY such technologies invented over the years, only to be bought up and shelved by oil companies, hidden from the public for reasons of “national security”, or whatever. The real trick doesn’t seem to be inventing this stuff, but getting it into the pulic’s hands. Long live capitalism!>>>

    Name some? Electricity already exist. why would an oil company want to rid of someone that just takes the cords away?

  4. “I dream of wireless AC and DC current to eliminate all those terrible power cords. Not holding my breath. The guy who invents that will be able to buy the state of Hawaii.”

    I think it was invented by Nikola Tesla. Tha capability to beam power from one source to another. Just don’t stand in the stream.

    I dont think this is what you are referring to Des Gusting. The original poster was merely commenting on a way to get rid of power cords, not to generate cold fusion, which is what I think you may referring to.

  5. Concur with other posters on this thread – thermoelectric and thermionic power generation has been around for a while. NASA has used this power conversion technology for space missions using a radioactive material as the thermal power source (RTG’s). You can buy thermoelectric coolers at the sporting goods store that heat/cool using solid state technology. The issue is that the conversion efficiency is very low (few percent). Unless an efficiency breakthrough has been made, that is state of the art to the best of my knowledge.

    It is not clear to me how Apple could effectively employ this technology on mobile electronics. The power generation aspect seems next to useless to me unless you can locate a thermal source (it would be simpler to find an electrical outlet). As far as cooling goes, it takes a lot of electrical power to get a little cooling due to the efficiency issue. I can’t see this working in a power-constrained mobile device. Besides, the extra power creates more thermal energy which must also be dissipated.

    I just don’t see any technical merit in this approach.

  6. macromancer:
    you stole my thunder. Tesla is the inventor of transmitting energy wirelessly. Even though Marconi was originally credited with the invention of the radio, Tesla held the patent on which that technology is based. So the credit of the radio now belongs to Tesla. There is a you tube story on Tesla that runs about an hour, if you have the time.

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