Любопытная статья Э. Бормашенко про "entropy harvesting".
"Mankind produces an increasingly ordered environment, possessing decreased entropy. Sustaining this low-entropy environment requires more and more energy. This is the so-called “energy crisis”, which is actually an “entropic crisis”. However, the decreased entropy could be harvested by special devices, such as stretched polymers, human muscles and osmotic membranes. The harvested entropy may be released as mechanical work. Such devices are called in this paper “entropy harvesters”, in contrast to widespread energy harvesters capturing the ambient energy and converting it into usable electrical energy. Thus, an alternative approach to “energy harvesting” is proposed."