Physicists hunt for room-temperature superconductors that could revolutionize the world's energy system
June 19, 2020
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(THE CONVERSATION) Waste heat is all around you. On a small scale, if your phone or laptop feels warm, that's because some of the energy powering the device is being transformed into unwanted heat.
On a larger scale, electric grids, such as high power lines, lose over 5% of their energy in the process of transmission. In an electric power industry that generated more than US$400 billion in 2018, that's a tremendous amount of wasted money.
Globally, the computer systems of Goog...