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Thermal to electricity conversion using thermal magnetic properties

United States Patent

April 27, 2010
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A system for the generation of Electricity from Thermal Energy using the thermal magnetic properties of a Ferromagnetic, Electrically Conductive Material (FECM) in one or more Magnetic Fields. A FECM is exposed to one or more Magnetic Fields. Thermal Energy is applied to a portion of the FECM heating the FECM above its Curie Point. The FECM, now partially paramagnetic, moves under the force of the one or more Magnetic Fields. The movement of the FECM induces an electrical current through the FECM, generating Electricity.
West; Phillip B. (Idaho Falls, ID), Svoboda; John (Idaho Falls, ID)
United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
11/ 859,916
September 24, 2007
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Battelle Energy Alliance LLC.