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direct conversion of heat into electric energy, or vice versa. The term is generally restricted to the irreversible conversion of electricity into heat described by the English physicist James P.
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An array of thermocouples connected either in series to give higher voltage output or in parallel to give higher current output, used for measuring temperature or radiant energy or for converting radiant energy into electric power.
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