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New Onboard Converter Technology Harvests Auto Engine Exhaust to Generate Electricity

November 30, 2010

Purdue University researchers are working with General Motors to build thermoelectric generators, which produce an electric current when there is a temperature difference. Starting in January, the team will install an initial prototype behind a cars catalytic converter, where it will harvest heat from exhaust gases that can reach 1,300 degrees F. The prototype involves small metal chips a few inches square.
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