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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
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
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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
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
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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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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
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
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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
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, has received a U.S. patent for a self-assembling, self-repairing, and self-contained microbial photoelectrochemical solar cell driven entirely by sunlight and...
by Naval Research Laboratory
9:58am
6.23.2017
Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a ‘clean’ process using solar energy.
by University of Adelaide
10:03am
6.21.2017
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A floating membrane that uses sunlight to evaporate water shows potential for water purification.
by KAUST
1:27pm
6.19.2017
In a world of growing energy needs, and a global imperative to halt carbon emissions, a tiny "quasiparticle" called an exciton could provide the answer to our problems. Excitons could help us harness solar energy more efficiently, and drastically...
by University of Melbourne
1:21pm
6.19.2017
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Engineers have developed a breakthrough in electrolyte chemistry that enables lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance -- in comparison, today's lithium-ion batteries stop working at -20...
by University of California, San Diego
11:24am
6.16.2017
The power grid's physical components are continuously improving, with the integration of renewable power sources and advances in physical technology. The software underlying the safe function of the upgraded grid, however, isn't keeping up.
by Chinese Association of Automation
10:20am
6.13.2017
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In the ongoing effort to improve solar cell energy conversion efficiencies, researchers have begun digging deeper—in some cases to the atomic level—to identify material defects that can undermine the conversion process.
by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
10:18am
6.9.2017
Scientists have now developed an Earth-abundant catalyst based on copper-oxide nanowires modified with tin oxide.
by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
9:52am
6.6.2017
System is designed to mimic key functions of the photosynthetic center in green plants to convert solar energy into chemical energy stored by hydrogen fuel.
by Brookhaven National Lab
1:25pm
6.2.2017
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Fossil fuels still power transportation, heating and cooling, and manufacturing, but a team of scientists has come one step closer to inexpensive, clean hydrogen fuel.
by Walt Mills, Penn State
1:17pm
6.2.2017
Researchers explore “artificial leaf” system for solar fuel production.
by Shelly Preston, Florida Institute of Technology
11:45am
5.24.2017
Method uses renewable catalysts to functionalize bonds between carbon and hydrogen atoms.
by Katherine Kornei, UCLA
10:07am
5.24.2017
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Tomorrow’s computers will run on light, and gold nanoparticle chains show much promise as light conductors. Now scientists have demonstrated how tiny spots of silver could markedly reduce energy consumption in light-based computation.
by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
9:32am
5.18.2017
Engineers have invented tiny structures inspired by butterfly wings that open the door to new solar cell technologies and other applications requiring precise manipulation of light.
by Australian National University
9:49am
5.17.2017
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New technique charges up performance for silicon-containing battery anodes.
by Lois E. Yoksoulian, University of Illinois
10:40am
5.16.2017
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution.
by Hayley Dunning, Imperial College London
12:32pm
5.15.2017
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Engineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds — the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly.
by Lois E. Yoksoulian, University of Illinois
11:41am
5.10.2017
Researchers propose how bubbles form, which could lead to smaller, more stable lithium-air batteries.
by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1:15pm
4.28.2017
Internal short-circuit method (ISC) is also called direct contact (DC) method. The pre-lithiated can achieved through direct physical contact between negative electrode and lithium metal with electrolyte in pressure.
by World Scientific
9:35am
4.24.2017
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With the depletion of nonrenewable energy sources and the increase of pollution, researchers have turned to finding ways to harness clean energy from cheap alternative sources.
by Ashley Diel, University of Toledo
11:08am
4.20.2017
Lab to work with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system.
by Julie Chao, Berkeley Lab
10:01am
4.18.2017
A new material has been shown to have the capability to double the efficiency of solar cells.
by Steve Tally, Purdue University
12:09pm
4.11.2017
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The natural structure found within leaves could improve the performance of everything from rechargeable batteries to high-performance gas sensors.
by University of Cambridge
11:24am
4.7.2017
Seaweed, the edible algae with a long history in some Asian cuisines, and which has also become part of the Western foodie culture, could turn out to be an essential ingredient in another trend: the development of more sustainable ways to power our...
by American Chemical Society
11:16am
4.6.2017
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