Australian National University (ANU) physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team has demonstrated a new artificial material, or metamaterial, that glows in an unusual way when heated. The metamaterial opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells.
The teams from the Australian National University (ARC Centre of Excellence CUDOS) and the University of California Berkeley research paper has been published in Nature Communications.
The findings could drive a revolution in the development of cells which convert radiated heat into electricity, known as thermophotovoltaic cells.
Dr Sergey Kruk from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering said, “Thermophotovoltaic cells have the potential to be much more efficient than solar cells. Our metamaterial overcomes several obstacles and could help to unlock the potential of thermophotovoltaic cells.”
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