Looks like this experiment demonstrates a process which converts heat energy
into electrical energy. This has already been observed when thermal radiation
is emitted by a warm body. Also, electrical energy can be captured from a
resistor surrounded by a heat sink.
I am not sure why the report you refer to claims to be a first.
From: Jones Beene <jone...@pacbell.net>
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Sent: Tue, Jul 11, 2017 12:08 am
Subject: [Vo]:2nd Law proved not valid, ignored by West
In the disclosed Maxwell's demon type of experiment from 2012, heat from
ambient air was converted completely into electric energy, using a
static magnetic field without producing any other effect.
The phenomenon proves clearly that the second law of thermodynamics is
not universally valid, even though the output was tiny.
"Realization of Maxwell’s Hypothesis" A heat-electric conversion in
contradiction to Kelvin’s statement by Xinyong Fu, Zitao Fu Shanghai
Jiao Tong University