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October 9, 2015

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October 9, 2015

Organics Energize Solar Cell Research

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists are using a new supercomputer to advance next-generation solar energy technologies by probing the functional interfaces found in organic and hybrid solar ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Over time, the electrodes inside a rechargeable battery cell can grow tiny, branch-like filaments called dendrites, causing short circuits that kill the battery or even ignite it in flames. But ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — In an effort to help develop a domestic supply of rare earth elements, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a novel method of chemically separating these materials -- ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Micro-supercapacitors are a promising alternative to micro-batteries because of their high power and long lifetime. They have been in development for about a decade but until now they have stored ... read more

Nanomachines: Pirouetting in the Spotlight

Sep. 29, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new class of molecular motors that rotate unidirectionally at speeds of up to 1 kHz when exposed to sunlight at room temperature. This unique combination of features opens ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — The United States has fallen behind on offshore wind power, experts say. Their findings show that while offshore wind turbines have been successfully deployed in Europe since 1991, the U.S. is ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — An alloy first made nearly two decades ago by the U. S. Navy could provide an efficient new way to produce electricity. The material, dubbed Galfenol, consists of iron doped with the metal gallium. ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Biomass burning has positive environmental and public-health effects, A new study documents. Co-firing oat hulls with coal reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and heavy metals, ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Scientists have designed a new hybrid roofing system which could halve energy bills in new ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Fusion energy may soon be used in small-scale power stations. This means producing environmentally friendly heating and electricity at a low cost from fuel found in water. Both heating generators and ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — To provide a means for both comparing and selecting energy-harvesting nanogenerators for specific applications, the research group that pioneered the triboelectric nanogenerator technology has now ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — The inventor of the lithium-ion battery, and his team of researchers, have identified a new cathode material made of the nontoxic and inexpensive mineral eldfellite for sodium-ion ... read more

Water Pathways Make Fuel Cells More Efficient

Sep. 23, 2015 — Researchers have developed a coating technique in the laboratory that could raise the efficiency of fuel cells. The scientists have already applied to patent the technique, which is suitable for mass ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Asimple approach to synthesize novel environmentally friendly manganese dioxide ink by using glucose has been developed by a group of ... read more

Method Could Make Hydrogen Fuel Cells More Efficient

Sep. 23, 2015 — With the growth of wind and solar energy and the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, many people in the US may have forgotten about the promised 'hydrogen economy.' But in research ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — An experiment in 2008 laid the foundations for research on 'spin caloritronics' -- a field that aims to develop more effective and energy-saving data processing in information technology. ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots, are tiny, nanometer-sized particles with the ability to absorb light and re-emit it with well-defined colors. With low-cost fabrication, long-term ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Theoretical physicists have discovered that so-called 'frustrated magnets' can produce skyrmions, tiny magnetic vortices that may be used in memory storage. This discovery opens up a new ... read more

Energy Use Feedback Key to Unlocking Savings, If Used Wisely

Sep. 22, 2015 — Using feedback that incorporates goals or incentives and leverages new media and technology appears to be the best way to get people to cut back on their energy use, according to researchers who ... read more

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