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SICCAS-Corning lab set up to find 'green car' materials

SHANGHAI Institute of Ceramics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) and Corning Inc of the United States yesterday launched a joint laboratory in Jiading District to search for high-performance materials for electric vehicles and to convert emissions to electricity.
Their new materials can convert the heat of emissions, at 500-600 degrees Celsius, into electricity based on a thermoelectric technology. These materials will be widely introduced in five years, scientists said.
The lab will cooperate with the world's leading automobile manufacturers who hope heat cycling can provide additional electricity to run some car equipment.
However, the conversion efficiency of these materials still needs improvement and scientists said the new materials will become very promising if they can convert more than 10 percent of the heat into electricity.
"Over the past few decades, SICCAS has developed into a comprehensive inorganic, non-metallic materials institute capable of integrating fundamental research into technology innovation and application," said Luo Hongjie, director of SICCAS.
"The joint laboratory will become a platform for SICCAS and Corning to solve technical challenges and help accelerate the growth of China's new energy industry," Luo said.


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