Energy

New technique bends light, pushing the limit of thin-film absorption in solar and water-splitting applications.
by Mary L. Martialay, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
12:51pm
10.19.2017
To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, methane has to be separated from CO2. This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let the CO2 pass through. Researchers have developed a new membrane that makes the...
by KU Leuven
12:48pm
10.18.2017
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Novel two-dimensional, metal organic hybrids efficiently conduct charge, eventually storing renewable energy.
by Ian Chaffee, USC
11:11am
10.16.2017
The researchers’ technique is an important step toward producing clean fuels that can help solve global energy challenges.
by Joan Koka, Argonne National Laboratory
10:49am
10.13.2017
We have come a long way from leaky sulfur-acid automobile batteries, but modern lithium batteries still have some down sides. Now, engineers have discovered a different type of lithium sulfur battery that could be more efficient, less expensive, and...
by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State
9:31am
10.12.2017
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It’s possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. Now, a researcher has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and...
by University of Central Florida
1:18pm
10.5.2017
For the first time, self-organized, soft machines powered by molecular motors propelled fluid for hours across meters.
by U.S. Department of Energy
11:28am
10.4.2017
The process sets free protons and electrons that can be used to make fuels.
by Brookhaven National Laboratory
11:31am
10.3.2017
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Researchers find asphalt-nanoribbon anode more efficient, resistant to dendrites.
by Mike Williams, Rice University
1:06pm
10.2.2017
With the discovery and development of much more efficient algal strains, commercial-scale production of biofuel from algae may finally be a realistic promise.
by Alexa M. Schmitz, Boyce Thompson Institute
11:17am
9.29.2017
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Nano-scale modeling of piezoelectric energy harvester offers a new nano-scale sensor design and demonstrates important design elements for efficient implementation.
by American Institute of Physics
11:56am
9.28.2017
Researchers have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials. The new technology improves power conversion efficiency of up to 0.7 percent — the highest value for solar...
by Tohoku University
11:50am
9.26.2017
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Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion efficiency.
by St. John’s College, Cambridge
10:19am
9.25.2017
A research group has developed two promising energy storage technologies in its work with sustainable energy systems.
by University of Central Florida
12:05pm
9.20.2017
Today’s rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are good, but they could be much better in the future.
by University of Illinois at Chicago
10:13am
9.12.2017
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Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites—a material which could revolutionize the solar cell industry—can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity.
by University of Cambridge
12:39pm
9.6.2017
Making a biocell that is as effective as a platinum fuel cell.
by CNRS
10:03am
9.5.2017
Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics.
by Mark Shwartz, Stanford University
9:46am
9.1.2017
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Members of the D. V. Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physic and colleagues from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have developed a new silicon- and germanium-based material that could significantly increase specific...
by Lomonosov Moscow State University
1:54pm
8.31.2017
Photovoltaic conversion is regarded as the ultimate solution to the mankind's ever growing demand for energy, yet the traditional silicon-based solar cells are expensive to produce, and the production itself involves intensive energy consumption.
by Science China Press
10:38am
8.29.2017
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Researchers reported Aug. 24 in the journal Nature Communications the discovery of a new design for the cathode of magnesium batteries, drastically increasing the storage capacity and upending conventional wisdom that the magnesium-chloride bond...
by University of Houston
2:42pm
8.28.2017
An international research team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea has developed high-tech yarns that generate electricity when they are stretched or twisted.
by University of Texas at Dallas
11:38am
8.28.2017
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The work has implications for engineering and climate science.
by NYU Tandon School of Engineering
9:10am
8.23.2017
Queen Mary University of London researchers have developed a prototyped polymer electrode, which resembles a candy cane usually hung on a Christmas tree, that achieves energy storage close to the theoretical limit, but also demonstrates flexibility...
by Queen Mary, University of London
1:33pm
8.16.2017
Researchers are using polystyrene particles rather than expensive polymers to make the next generation of solar cells, which are used to make solar panels, more stable and even cheaper.
by University of Manchester
10:50am
8.15.2017
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Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): a battery activated by spit that can be used in extreme conditions where normal batteries don't function.
by Binghamton University
9:43am
8.9.2017
In order to reduce the cost of next-generation polymer electrolyte fuel cells for vehicles, researchers have been developing alternatives to the prohibitively expensive platinum and platinum-group metal (PGM) catalysts currently used in fuel cell...
by Los Alamos National Laboratory
11:21am
8.4.2017
Researchers from KIT present sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cells applied onto lenses that supply a microprocessor and two displays with electric power. This paves the way for other future applications such as the integration of...
by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
1:35pm
8.2.2017
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A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles, and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers.
by Walt Mills, Pennsylvania State University
10:03am
8.1.2017
Experiments with a powerful “electron camera” at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered that light whirls atoms around in perovskites, potentially explaining the high efficiency of these next-generation solar...
by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
1:51pm
7.27.2017
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A zinc-based battery that delivers a high voltage and substantial energy capacity could be set to rival conventional lithium-ion batteries, A*STAR researchers have found.
by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
12:53pm
7.26.2017
Engineers at the University of Maryland have invented an entirely new kind of battery. It is bio-compatible because it produces the same kind of ion-based electrical energy used by humans and other living things.
by University of Maryland
1:42pm
7.24.2017
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Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cellphone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt...
by Vanderbilt University
1:19pm
7.24.2017
A Rice University professor's method to "upconvert" light could make solar cells more efficient and disease-targeting nanoparticles more effective. Experiments combined plasmonic metals and semiconducting quantum wells to boost the frequency of...
by Rice University
1:17pm
7.17.2017
Smooth surfaces may prevent harmful deposits from working their way into a solid electrolyte.
by MIT
10:17am
7.13.2017
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The future cost of energy storage technologies can now be predicted under different scenarios, thanks to a new tool.
by Hayley Dunning, Imperial College London
10:29am
7.11.2017
A research team from Carnegie Mellon University recently published a paper on their new approach to optimizing photocatalysts. With the new photocatalytic method, they can use visible light—instead of UV light—which is much safer.
by Carnegie Mellon University
12:23pm
7.6.2017
Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Researchers have now managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process.
by Technical University of Munich
10:41am
6.30.2017
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Scientists have fabricated a durable catalyst for high-performance fuel cells by attaching single ruthenium atoms to graphene.
by Rice University
11:51am
6.29.2017
Fusion power has the potential to provide clean and safe energy that is free from carbon dioxide emissions. However, imitating the solar energy process is a difficult task to achieve. Two young plasma physicists have developed a technology model...
by Chalmers University of Technology
10:05am
6.23.2017
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