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Iron-based solar cells on track to becoming more efficient
An international study led from Lund University in Sweden shows that 30% of the energy in a certain type of light-absorbing iron molecule disappears in a previously unknown manner. (2019-11-12)
Researchers find best classroom shapes for fish swimming in schools
A team of researchers has identified the best arrangements for fish swimming in schools -- formations that are superior in terms of saving energy while also optimizing speed. (2019-11-04)
To rid electric grid of carbon, shore up green energy support
Cornell and Northwestern University engineers, along with a federal economist, have created an energy model that helps to remove carbon-generated power from the US electric grid -- replacing it with a greener, financially feasible wind, solar and hydro energy system. (2019-10-28)
Computer models show clear advantages in new types of wind turbines
Researchers from Aarhus University and Durham University have modelled the fluid dynamics of multi-rotor wind turbines via high-resolution numerical simulations. (2019-10-16)
How preprocessing methods affect the conversion efficiency of biomass energy production
Research on energy production from biomass usually focuses on the amount of energy generated. (2019-10-11)
Modelling ion beam therapy
A group of physicists have used Monte Carlo modelling to produce a consistent theoretical interpretation of accurate experimental measurements of ion beams in liquid water, which is the most relevant substance for simulating interactions with human tissue. (2019-10-10)
Patented concept from Halle: novel, high-performance diodes and transistors
Today's computer processors are increasingly pushed to their limits due to their physical properties. (2019-10-08)
Creating a single phonon in ambient conditions
EPFL physicists have for the first time successfully observed a single quantum of vibrational energy at ambient conditions, involving the oscillation of more than 100 billion atoms. (2019-10-08)
Quantum vacuum: Less than zero energy
According to quantum physics, energy can be 'borrowed' -- at least for some time. (2019-10-02)
Estimating calorie content not clear-cut for all -- Otago study
We make food decisions several times a day - from what time we eat to how much - but a new University of Otago, New Zealand, study has found we are not very good at judging the energy-density of what we consume. (2019-10-01)
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)
Discovery of tanycytic TSPO inhibition as a potential therapeutic target for obesity treatment
Professor Eun-Kyoung Kim's team in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences discovered the mechanism underlying the regulation of energy metabolism by hypothalamic tanycyte. (2019-09-18)
More time spent standing helps combat effects of sedentary lifestyle
A study conducted by scientists from the University of Granada and published in the journal PLOS ONE recommends that people spend more time standing, to increase energy expenditure and thus avoid the negative health problems associated with a sedentary li (2019-09-06)
Why transporters really matter for cell factories
Scientists discover the secret behind some protein transporters' superiority. One transporter, MAE1, can export organic acids out of yeast spending close-to-zero energy. (2019-09-04)
Would a carbon tax help to innovate more-efficient energy use?
Taxing carbon emissions would drive innovation and lead to improved energy efficiency, according to a new paper published in Joule from Carnegie's Rong Wang (now at Fudan University), Harry Saunders, and Ken Caldeira, along with Juan Moreno-Cruz of the University of Waterloo. (2019-08-27)
New rechargeable CCNY aqueous battery challenges Lithium-ion dominance
A new rechargeable high voltage manganese dioxide zinc battery, exceeding the 2 V barrier in aqueous zinc chemistry, is the latest invention by City College of New York researchers. (2019-08-20)
Lab-based dark energy experiment narrows search options for elusive force
An experiment to test a popular theory of dark energy has found no evidence of new forces, placing strong constraints on related theories. (2019-08-19)
New discipline proposed: Macro-energy systems -- the science of the energy transition
In a perspective published in Joule on Aug. 14, a group of researchers led by Stanford University propose a new academic discipline, 'macro-energy systems,' as the science of the energy transition. (2019-08-18)
Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand
Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed. (2019-08-14)
Scientists discover potential path to improving samarium-cobalt magnets
Scientists have discovered a potential tool to enhance magnetization and magnetic anisotropy, making it possible to improve the performance of samarium-cobalt magnets. (2019-08-13)
Supercapacitors turbocharged by laxatives
An international team of scientists, including a professor of chemistry from the University of Bristol, has worked out a way to improve energy storage devices called supercapacitors, by designing a new class of detergents chemically related to laxatives. (2019-08-12)
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)
Simulations demonstrate ion heating by plasma oscillations for fusion energy
A research team of fusion scientists succeeded in proving that ions can be heated by plasma oscillations driven by high-energy particles. (2019-08-06)
New study reveals how TB bacteria may survive in human tissues
Associate Professor Chris Greening and his team of microbiologists from the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, have discovered that some pathogens depend on carbon monoxide to survive when other nutrients are not available. (2019-07-29)
Demonstration of alpha particle confinement capability in helical fusion plasmas
A team of fusion researchers demonstrated that ions with energy in mega electron volt range are superiorly confined in a plasma for the first time in helical systems. (2019-07-29)
Renewable and nonrenewable energy in Myanmar's economic growth
An international group of scientists including a researcher from Ural Federal University developed a mathematical model that describes the influence of regenerative and non-regenerative energy sources on the economic growth of Myanmar. (2019-07-23)
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)
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)
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)
Holes in the Universe sharpen cosmic measurements
Regions of the Universe containing very few or no galaxies -- known as voids -- can help measure cosmic expansion with much greater precision than before, according to new research. (2019-07-10)
No more trial-and-error when choosing an electrolyte for metal-air batteries
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a one-parameter measure that makes selecting the correct electrolyte for potassium-air batteries an exercise in rationality, rather than patience. (2019-07-10)
20 overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy
A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy -- from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. (2019-07-09)
Window film could even out the indoor temperature using solar energy
A window film with a specially designed molecule could be capable of taking the edge off the worst midday heat and instead distributing it evenly from morning to evening. (2019-07-08)
Development of 3D particle model for single particles in battery electrodes
DGIST Professor Yong Min Lee's team in the Department of Energy Science and Engineering succeeded in developing an electrochemical model that can predict and analyze the electrochemical phenomena of the single particles of electrode active materials. (2019-07-08)
The highest energy gamma rays discovered by the Tibet ASgamma experiment
The Tibet ASgamma experiment, a China-Japan joint research project, has discovered the highest energy cosmic gamma rays ever observed from an astrophysical source - in this case, the 'Crab Nebula.' The experiment detected gamma rays ranging from > 100 Teraelectron volts (TeV) to an estimated 450 TeV. (2019-07-03)
Danish researchers create worldwide solar energy model
For any future sustainable energy system, it is crucial to know the performance of photovoltaic (solar cell) systems at local, regional and global levels. (2019-07-01)
Discovery of a 'holy grail' with the invention of universal computer memory
A new type of computer memory to solve the digital technology energy crisis has been invented and patented by scientists. (2019-06-20)
The brain consumes half of a child's energy -- and that could matter for weight gain
In a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 'A hypothesis linking the energy demand of the brain to obesity risk,' co-authors Christopher Kuzawa of Northwestern University and Clancy Blair of New York University School of Medicine, propose that variation in the energy needs of brain development across kids -- in terms of the timing, intensity and duration of energy use -- could influence patterns of energy expenditure and weight gain. (2019-06-17)
Light energy and biomass can be converted to diesel fuel and hydrogen
A research group led by Professor WANG Feng at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently developed a method to produce diesel fuel and hydrogen by exploiting light energy (solar energy or artificial light energy) and biomass-derived feedstocks. (2019-06-10)
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