What if you could turn waste heat into power? Now you can

Go ahead, turn up the heat. Alphabet Energy can take it and then use it to reduce your power consumption.

The firm wants to harvest wasted energy found in the heat given off by mechanical and electrical processes, using thermoelectric semiconductors that can convert heat into electrical power. Wrap their proprietary materials around factory pipes, exhaust flues, or even server racks and you could covert up to 7% of that wasted heat into electricity.

Currently, Americans consume about 100 quadrillion BTUs of energy a year — a BTU is equivalent to the energy produced by a single match — and wastes around 60 quadrillion of those. That means widespread adoption of heat-capture technology like Alphabet's could see a dramatic increase in energy efficiency and big drops in electricity bills.

Via Alphabet Energy