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Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis holds up his device that can harvest 14 percent of waste heat as usable electricity.  (Source: Northwestern University)
New lead-based compound could see a variety of scenarios -- including helping power the machines in the absence of sunlight

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By ddopson on 1/20/2011 12:05:58 AM , Rating: 2
In case it isn't clear, the use case for the 11-watt device is to slap it on the side of a wood-burning stove. Such stoves are much more common than many of us city-people realize. My girlfriend's parents in New Zealand have one. They are in the country and don't have access to piped natural gas. On the other hand, they have lots and lots of free trees.

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