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How can i generate electricity from heat? Answered

I've got a water heater that runs on fire, plenty of heat escaping through the chimney, is there any way that i can harness some of it?
I'll be happy if i could run a light or something small


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rickharris (author)2011-09-12

A thermoelectric junction will generate electricity when heater/cooled. Just as they heat cool when electricity is passed through them.

To generate significant amounts of electricity is different and you may be better looking at producing steam to run a turbine/generator or a more traditional steam engine.

Of course there is my fav way to convert heat to mechanical effort the Stirling engine.

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