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batteries

A Soft Solution to the Hard Problem of Energy Storage

It’s great in the lab, but will it actually work? That’s the million-dollar question perpetually leveled at engineering researchers. For a family of layered...
renewable energy

Can We Get 100% of Our Energy from Renewable Sources?

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesn't...
piezoelectric ceramic foam

Flexible, Highly Efficient Multimodal Energy Harvesting

A piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support provides a 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over...
Rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries

Keeping Tabs on Polysulfides in Batteries

The Science In the future, lithium-sulfur (Li-S) rechargeable batteries could hold more energy and cost less than lithium-ion batteries if they can be made to...
catalysts

Team Develops Equation for Designing Clean-Energy Catalysts

New guidelines laid down by Nebraska and Chinese researchers could steer the design of less costly, more efficient catalysts geared toward revving up the...
magnetic memory

New Material for Generating Energy-Efficient Spin Currents

Magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is emerging as next-generation memory. It allows information to be kept even without an external power supply and its...
sulfur

Microbes with a Reserve Pack of Sulfur

SUP05 bacteria are often found in places where there is really no basis for life for them. Researchers in Bremen have now discovered that...
polymer

New Polymer Manufacturing Process Saves 10 Orders of Magnitude of Energy

Makers of cars, planes, buses – anything that needs strong, lightweight and heat resistant parts – are poised to benefit from a new manufacturing...
tokamak’s magnetic field

Zero Tolerance in Tokamaks: Eliminating Small Instabilities Before They Become Disruptions

The Science One of the greatest obstacles to producing energy via fusion on earth is the formation and growth of small magnetic field imperfections in...
Atmospheric Whistles

Fusion Scientists Find Inspiration in Atmospheric Whistles

The Science The challenge of fusion energy is often equated to capturing—and holding—lightning in a bottle. The analogy is apt. Lightning and a fusion energy...
polymorphs

NREL Researchers Create New Materials With Unusual Properties

In Vonnegut's case, the "ice-nine" he wrote about in "Cat's Cradle" was a solid polymorph of water with a much higher melting point than...
Magnetized Plasma

Magnetized Plasmas That “Twist Light” Can Produce Powerful Microscopes and More

The Science To get the extremely high-resolution images vital to study new materials, microbes, and more, scientists often build microscopes based on optical vortices. Forming...
Solar-Powered Sea Slugsvideo

Solar-Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light on Search for Perpetual Green Energy

In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its...
Superconducting Crystals

Scientists Pinpoint Energy Flowing Through Vibrations in Superconducting Crystals

Manipulating the flow of energy through superconductors could radically transform technology, perhaps leading to applications such as ultra-fast, highly efficient quantum computers. But these...
nuclear and renewable energy

Balancing Nuclear and Renewable Energy

Nuclear power plants typically run either at full capacity or not at all. Yet the plants have the technical ability to adjust to the...
Superconductor

Ultrafast Atomic Snapshots Reveal Energy Flow in Superconductor

Manipulating the flow of energy through superconductors – materials that conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency – could radically transform technology, perhaps leading to...
wind and solar grid

Keeping the Balance: How Flexible Nuclear Operation Can Help Add More...

In the Southwestern United States, the country’s sunniest region, sunlight can shine down for up to 14 hours a day. This makes the location...
solar panels

How to Assess New Solar Technologies

Which is a better deal: an established, off-the-shelf type of solar panel or a cutting-edge type that delivers more power for a given area...
Redox Flow Battery

Redox Flow Battery: Storage System for the Energy Transition

The redox flow battery might be a key component in the future power grids: It can be scaled as desired, recycled, and it ensures...
inorganic perovskite solar cells

Bright Future for Solar Cell Technology

Harnessing energy from the sun, which emits immensely powerful energy from the center of the solar system, is one of the key targets for...