Friday, Oct 20 2017 | Updated at 05:42 PM EDT

Stay Connected With Us F T R

Mar 21, 2017 09:33 AM EDT

Engineers at the University of Utah have discovered a new material that could generate electricity through body heat collected from a person's jewelry. It is said that the electricity is enough to power a body sensor, a cooking pan or could charge a phone in just a few hours.

The study was led by Ashutosh Tiwari, a University of Utah materials science and engineering professor. The team found that a combination of calcium, cobalt and terbium can be used to create an efficient, affordable and bio-friendly material that can generate electricity through a thermoelectric process that involves heat and cold air, EurekAlert reported.

The team's findings were published in the latest issue of "Scientific Reports." Shrikant Saini, a materials science and engineering postdoctoral researcher in the University of Utah, is the first author of the paper.

It was noted that the thermoelectric effect is a process involving temperature difference in a material and how it generates an electrical voltage. If one end of the material is cold while the other one is hot, charge carriers from the hot end flow through the material to the cold end. This generates an electrical voltage. The material requires less than one degree of difference in temperature to produce a detectable voltage.

While there are other materials that can generate power this way, these materials are toxic to humans. The new material is affordable to produce and is bio-friendly as well as eco-friendly while still being efficient at generating electricity.

Phys.org noted that the material has a lot of applications. It can be created into jewelry that uses body heat to power implantable medical devices like blood-glucose or heart monitors.

It can also be used to charge mobile devices through cooking pans or in cars, using the heat drawn from the engine. It can be used in airplanes as well by generating extra power using heat from the cabin and the cold air outside.

Follows science, University of Utah, engineering, engineers, Material, Body Heat, electricity
© 2017 University Herald, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Must Read

Here is NASA’s Take On Anonymous Hackers Alien Claims [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTNASA official says no alien has been found until today.

International Cyber Attack Strikes Again: Ransomware Hits Companies Worldwide [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTOver 2,000 computers in about a dozen countries were affected.

The Magic of Celebrity Involvement: How Projects and Concepts Get Public Nod When Icons Get Involved [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTDo celebrities really affect marketing?

Student Loans In Focus: How Much Do Students Really Borrow To Attend The Top 10 Schools [VIDEO]

Jun 26, 2017 AM EDTFor most students, going into the Top 10 schools is a dream come true. But is the expense in studying in these schools worth it?