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Exploring the future of coal power in water scarce Asia
Many aspects of modern energy systems necessitate access to reliable water resources. (2019-09-23)
A new way to turn heat into energy
An international team of scientists has figured out how to capture heat and turn it into electricity. (2019-09-23)
Chinese scientists develop novel biophotovoltaics system
Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reported a novel biophotovoltaics (BPV) system based on a synthetic microbial consortium with constrained electron flow. (2019-09-20)
Lighting the path to renewable energy
Professor Mahesh Bandi of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has co-developed a novel, standardized way of quantifying and comparing these variations in solar power. (2019-09-19)
Electric tech could help reverse baldness
Reversing baldness could someday be as easy as wearing a hat, thanks to a noninvasive, low-cost hair-growth-stimulating technology developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (2019-09-19)
Device generates light from the cold night sky
An inexpensive thermoelectric device harnesses the cold of space without active heat input, generating electricity that powers an LED at night, researchers report Sept. (2019-09-12)
Since cooling demand is primarily driven by the sun, could it also be powered by the sun?
The International Energy Agency has dubbed increased global cooling demand as one of the most critical blind spots in today's energy debate. (2019-09-11)
Conductivity at the edges of graphene bilayers
For nanoribbons of bilayer graphene, whose edge atoms are arranged in zigzag patterns, the bands of electron energies which are allowed and forbidden are significantly different to those found in monolayer graphene. (2019-09-11)
Solving the longstanding mystery of how friction leads to static electricity
A Northwestern University team developed a new model, which shows that rubbing two objects together produces static electricity, or triboelectricity, by bending the tiny protrusions on the surface of materials. (2019-09-11)
Smithsonian scientists triple number of known electric eel species
South American rivers are home to at least three different species of electric eels, including a newly identified species capable of generating a greater electrical discharge than any other known animal, according to a new analysis of 107 fish collected in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname in recent years. (2019-09-10)
A decade of renewable energy investment, led by solar, tops US $2.5 trillion
A UN-backed report shows global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade -- 2010 to 2019 inclusive -- is on course to hit USD 2.6 trillion, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology. (2019-09-05)
Europe's future is renewable
Europe has enough solar and wind resources to meet its electricity demand entirely from renewable sources. (2019-09-03)
Artificial muscles bloom, dance, and wave
Researchers from KAIST have developed an ultrathin, artificial muscle for soft robotics. (2019-08-21)
Scientists extract H2 gas from oil and bitumen, giving potential pollution-free energy
Scientists have developed a large-scale economical method to extract hydrogen (H2) from oil sands (natural bitumen) and oil fields. (2019-08-19)
Materials that can revolutionize how light is harnessed for solar energy
Columbia scientists designed organic molecules capable of generating two excitons per photon of light, a process called singlet fission. (2019-08-19)
Stanford builds a heat shield just 10 atoms thick to protect electronic devices
Atomically thin materials developed by Stanford researchers could create heat-shields for cell phones or laptops that would protect people and temperature-sensitive components and make future electronic gadgets even more compact. (2019-08-16)
How buildings can cut 80% of their carbon emissions by 2050
Energy use in buildings -- from heating and cooling your home to keeping the lights on in the office -- is responsible for over one-third of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States. (2019-08-15)
Growth of wind energy points to future challenges, promise
Advances in adapting the technology and better methods for predicting wind conditions have fanned significant growth of the use of wind turbines for electricity in the last 40 years. (2019-08-13)
Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical properties
Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. (2019-08-09)
New perovskite material shows early promise as an alternative to silicon
CsPbI3 is an inorganic perovskite, a group of materials gaining popularity in the solar world due to their high efficiency and low cost. (2019-08-08)
How much energy storage costs must fall to reach renewable energy's full potential
The cost of energy storage will be critical in determining how much renewable energy can contribute to the decarbonization of electricity. (2019-08-07)
In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings in metropolitan areas
Engineers designed a new system to help cool buildings in crowded metropolitan areas without consuming electricity, an important innovation as cities work to adapt to climate change. (2019-08-05)
Machine learning helps predict if storms will cause blackouts
Summer thunderstorms that knock out power grids are common around the world, and can be a problem in Finland. (2019-08-02)
Physicists make graphene discovery that could help develop superconductors
When two mesh screens are overlaid, beautiful patterns appear when one screen is offset. (2019-08-01)
Researchers produce electricity by flowing water over extremely thin layers of metal
Scientists from Northwestern University and Caltech have produced electricity by simply flowing water over extremely thin layers of inexpensive metals, including iron, that have oxidized. (2019-07-31)
Scientists cook up new recipes for taking salt out of seawater
As populations boom and chronic droughts persist, coastal cities like Carlsbad in Southern California have increasingly turned to ocean desalination to supplement a dwindling fresh water supply. (2019-07-31)
Ultra-thin layers of rust generate electricity from flowing water
Tom Miller of Caltech and Franz Geiger of Northwestern University show that iron oxide layers can convert kinetic energy of saltwater into electrical power. (2019-07-29)
BU researchers predict global energy needs will increase 25% by 2050
BU researchers predict global energy needs will increase 25% by 2050, which could lead to more greenhouse gas emissions (2019-07-29)
Extraordinarily thick organic light-emitting diodes solve nagging issues
By combining thin organic layers with thick layers of hybrid perovskite, researchers at Kyushu University in Japan have developed micrometer-thick organic light-emitting diodes that could improve the affordability and viewing angles of high-performance displays and televisions in the near future. (2019-07-29)
Yellow is not the new black: Discovery paves way for new generation of solar cells
A study led by KU Leuven for the first time explains how a promising type of perovskites -- man-made crystals that can convert sunlight into electricity -- can be stabilized. (2019-07-26)
Developing technologies that run on light
Researchers are designing a nanoscale photon diode -- a necessary component that could bring us closer to faster, more energy-efficient computers and communications that replace electricity with light. (2019-07-24)
Exposure to air pollution among women in Mozambique greatly intensified by the use of kerosene lamps
Study shows that women living in the Manhiça region are breathing air with much higher concentrations of black carbon than those found in Europe. (2019-07-23)
A graphene superconductor that plays more than one tune
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a graphene device that's thinner than a human hair but has a depth of special traits. (2019-07-17)
Could the heat of the Earth's crust become the ultimate energy source?
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Sanoh Industrial developed a very stable battery cell that can directly convert heat into electricity, thus finally providing a way for exploiting geothermal energy in a sustainable way. (2019-07-17)
Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy
New study looks at how plastics can be recycled and could help reduce plastic waste. (2019-07-16)
Rice device channels heat into light
Rice University engineers use their carbon nanotube films to create a device to recycle waste heat. (2019-07-12)
Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, PSU study finds
Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but do so at the expense of increased inequality, according to a new Portland State University study (2019-07-12)
Fiber-based artificial muscles get new and powerful twists
Three papers in this issue demonstrate new fiber-based designs within the world of artificial muscles, showing how these twisted and coiled designs can be controlled via heat, electricity and chemistry. (2019-07-11)
Solar power with a free side of drinking water
An integrated system seamlessly harnesses sunlight to cogenerate electricity and fresh water. (2019-07-10)
Beat the heat
University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor Mathieu Francoeur has discovered a way to produce more electricity from heat than thought possible by creating a silicon chip, also known as a 'device,' that converts more thermal radiation into electricity. (2019-07-10)
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