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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)
Thought experiment: Switzerland without fossil fuels. Can that succeed?
A new Empa study shows how much work still lies ahead of us if Switzerland is to do without fossil fuels in the future. (2019-07-08)
Picturing access to energy for all in sub-Saharan Africa
Satellite images showing nighttime lights on different continents have long been recognized as an indicator of the availability and use of electricity around the world. (2019-07-03)
Current pledges to phase out coal power are critically insufficient to slow climate change
The Powering Past Coal Alliance, or PPCA, is a coalition of 30 countries and 22 cities and states, that aims to phase out unabated coal power. (2019-07-01)
Rutgers researchers identify the origins of metabolism
A Rutgers-led study sheds light on one of the most enduring mysteries of science: How did metabolism -- the process by which life powers itself by converting energy from food into movement and growth -- begin? (2019-07-01)
Applying pressure is way toward generating more electricity from waste heat
The ability of a thermoelectric material to produce electricity from waste heat was improved more than twofold by a Japan-based research team led by Osaka University. (2019-06-27)
Solar energy could turn the Belt and Road Initiative green
The region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, researchers report n the journal Joule. (2019-06-27)
More energy needed to cope with climate change
A new study published today in Nature Communications by researchers from IIASA, Boston University, and the Ca' Foscari University of Venice found that by mid-century climate change will increase the demand for energy globally, even with modest warming. (2019-06-24)
Researchers report new understanding of thermoelectric materials
Researchers reported a major step forward in the search for new thermoelectric materials Friday, the discovery of a new explanation for asymmetrical thermoelectric performance. (2019-06-21)
Clarifying the economic value of adjusting the power consumption
The economic value of demand response that adjusts the power consumption has not been clarified. (2019-06-10)
Modelling reveals new insight into the electrical conductivity of ionic liquids
New research shows the key role of thermal fluctuations in sustaining the 'relay race' of charges needed to maintain electrical current in room temperature ionic liquids. (2019-06-07)
UBC researchers find ways to hackproof smart meters
Cybersecurity researcher Karthik Pattabiraman, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia, has developed an automated program aimed at foiling smart meter hacking and boosting security in the smart grid. (2019-06-06)
Augmenting microgrid technology: A new way for reliable power
A group of American and Chinese researchers has designed and tested a microgrid system that is both robust and reliable -- and therefore capable of delivering energy safely and without interruptions. (2019-06-05)
Microgrids can help maximize efficiency of renewable energy consumption
A group of Italian researchers has developed a method that enables more efficient use of energy by smart homes that are connected to a microgrid -- a web of individualized units that are connected to one another and one common energy source. (2019-06-05)
New approach optimizes use of future wave electricity generators during disaster
When hurricanes strike, electricity loss ranks as one of the top concerns. (2019-06-04)
Researchers develop superconducting quantum refrigerator
University of Rochester researchers harnessed superconductivity to conceive of a quantum refrigerator that could cool atoms to nearly absolute zero temperatures. (2019-06-04)
Organic laser diodes move from dream to reality
Researchers from Japan have demonstrated that a long-elusive kind of laser diode based on organic semiconductors is indeed possible, paving the way for the further expansion of lasers in applications such as biosensing, displays, healthcare, and optical communications. (2019-05-31)
Researchers introduce novel heat transport theory in quest for efficient thermoelectrics
NCCR MARVEL researchers have developed a novel microscopic theory that is able to describe heat transport in very general ways, and applies equally well to ordered or disordered materials such as crystals or glasses and to anything in between. (2019-05-28)
Release of solar panel dataset helps cities make power grids more safe, reliable
Solar power researchers have traditionally used the power measurements from single residential solar photovoltaic systems to estimate the power generated within a city. (2019-05-28)
New organic flow battery brings decomposing molecules back to life
After years of working on an organic aqueous flow battery, Harvard researchers found that their ground-breaking, organic anthraquinone molecules were decomposing over time, reducing the long-term usefulness of the battery. (2019-05-28)
NYS winters could pose solar farm 'ramping' snag for power grid
By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6 percent in some places. (2019-05-28)
100% renewables doesn't equal zero-carbon energy, and the difference is growing
While 160 companies around the world have committed to use '100% renewable energy,' that does not mean '100% carbon-free energy.' The difference will grow as power grids become less reliant on fossil power, according to a new Stanford study. (2019-05-23)
Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage
One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that's generated from wind, solar and waves. (2019-05-23)
Charging into the future -- novel rock salt for use in rechargeable magnesium batteries
By synthesizing novel material for electrode that facilitates reversing of the chemistry of ions, a group of researchers led by Professor Idemoto from Tokyo University of Science combat the wasteful aspects of energy sources by laying an important foundation for the production of next-generation rechargeable magnesium secondary batteries. (2019-05-22)
Scientists break record for highest-temperature superconductor
University of Chicago scientists are part of an international research team that has discovered superconductivity -- the ability to conduct electricity perfectly -- at the highest temperatures ever recorded. (2019-05-22)
Researchers gain key insight into solar material's soaring efficiency
In collaboration with partners at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, researchers at CSU's National Science Foundation-supported Next Generation Photovoltaics Center have reported a key breakthrough in how the performance of cadmium telluride thin-film solar cells is improved even further by the addition of another material, selenium. (2019-05-22)
IU researchers develop electric field-based dressing to help heal wound infections
Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have found a way to charge up the fight against bacterial infections using electricity. (2019-05-17)
Electric car switch on for health benefits
Could the health benefits and reduced costs to healthcare systems be enough to justify subsidizing charging infrastructure to allow society to switch from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles faster than current trends predict? (2019-05-16)
Energy-free superfast computing invented by scientists using light pulses
The invention uses magnets to record computer data which consume virtually zero energy, solving the dilemma of how to create faster data processing speeds without high energy costs. (2019-05-15)
Clean fuel cells could be cheap enough to replace gas engines in vehicles
Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles. (2019-05-08)
Campus energy advances can be optimized and replicated
With a few changes to its existing energy operations, Stanford could further reduce its carbon footprint and costs in a model that other large campuses, towns and even cities can benefit from, a new study finds. (2019-05-08)
Solar-powered hydrogen fuels a step closer
A cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable way of making hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight is step closer thanks to new research from the University of Bath's Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. (2019-05-08)
Experimental device generates electricity from the coldness of the universe
A drawback of solar panels is that they require sunlight to generate electricity. (2019-05-06)
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