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Leaky microwaves can power your kitchen gadgets

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 09/20/2013 @ 9:38 pm In Diversions | No Comments

(New Scientist) If you are fed up with replacing the batteries in your kitchen gadgets why not use the energy that leaks from your microwave oven to power them instead? Engineers in Japan have managed to scavenge enough energy to run low-power devices such as oven thermometers, cooking timers and digital scales this way.

Electronics engineer Yoshihiro Kawahara at the University of Tokyo says he was inspired by the notion of “space solar power”, – in which colossal solar panel farms placed in orbit will one day beam energy down to Earth in the form of microwaves that are converted to electricity.


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