When thinking about aluminium, most people would connect it with consumer electronics, plane or car parts, construction material or the ubiquitous aluminium can or foil. And for good reason, as these are among the most widespread uses of this recyclable and versatile metal. However, the SFP Institute for Solar Technology at the University of Eastern Switzerland has been awarded an innovation prize for developing a technology that uses aluminium as a power source for electricity and heat production. Researchers described their project as follows: “Aluminium is used as an energy carrier in the building technology required for buildings not connected to a heat or natural gas network, which can be completely heated and supplied with electricity with locally produced energy”.
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