For all of the modern man’s time, our world has been slowly degrading with our use of crude oils and combustion. The expanding rate of our ecological footprint has been rapidly increasing year after year. Scientists proposed a solution to this problem by discovering new methods of renewable energy that comes with little to no environmental consequence. Whether it is powered by wind, solar rays, or water, we have found new processes that create usable electricity without the pollution and ozone damage that fossil fuels entail. Yet, one method of renewable and clean energy has been left in the dust, this method being thermoelectric power. Over thirty years ago, researchers were franticly exploring this uncharted method, and attempted to create a large variety of ways to utilize it properly. After they exhausted every theory, the field of thermodynamics was declared dead (Wu, 1997). It lie to collect dust and live to only a fraction of its potential. Now, it has been recently rediscovered, and the possibilities of this new source are endless.
In a society that uses such a vast variety of devices and appliances that create waste heat, it would only be practical to create a way to use this excess as energy. Researchers are meticulously working to use thermoelectricity in cars, refrigerators, and boilers, all with the power of excess heat. They envision a world that does not have excess, and in its place, has a recycling closed system. While some scientists are adamant about the wonders that thermoelectricity hold, others question its environmental integrity, and whether the efficiency is great enough to even bother implementing. But, the underlying question still exists, is
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