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August 13, 2020

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Upcycling Plastic Waste Toward Sustainable Energy Storage

Engineering professors and their students have been working for years on creating improved energy storage materials from sustainable sources, such as glass bottles, beach sand, Silly Putty, and ...

Storing Energy in Red Bricks

Red bricks -- some of the world's cheapest and most familiar building materials -- can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new ...

Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Chemists report a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product and low ...

Incorporating Solar Harvesting Into the Side of Buildings Could Enhance Energy Sustainability

If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may ...
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Efficient Low-Cost System for Producing Power at Night

Researchers have designed an off-grid, low-cost modular energy source that can efficiently produce power at night. The system uses commercially available technology and could eventually help meet the ...

Countries Transitioning to Zero Carbon Should Look at More Than Technology Cost

A 'one-size-fits-all' approach to producing cleaner energy based on cost alone could create social inequalities, finds a new ...

Novel Approach Improves Graphene-Based Supercapacitors

An efficient in situ pathway to generate and attach oxygen functional groups to graphitic electrodes for supercapacitors by inducing hydrolysis of water molecules within the gel ...

Harnessing Wind Data to Help Meet Energy Needs in Florida

A new study shows how upcoming technological advances could make wind energy a hot commodity in the Sunshine ...

New Fabric Could Help Keep You Cool in the Summer, Even Without A/C

Air conditioning and other space cooling methods account for about 10% of all electricity consumption in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Now, researchers have ...

Metal-Breathing Bacteria Could Transform Electronics, Biosensors, and More

When the Shewanella oneidensis bacterium 'breathes' in certain metal and sulfur compounds anaerobically, the way an aerobic organism would process oxygen, it produces materials that could ...

Origami Metamaterials Show Reversible Auxeticity Combined With Deformation Recoverability

New research expands the understanding of origami structures, opening possibilities for mechanical metamaterials to be used in soft robotics and medical ...

Offshore Wind Power Now So Cheap It Could Pay Money Back to Consumers

The latest round of offshore wind farms to be built in the UK could reduce household energy bills by producing electricity very ...

New Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Power Outages

Researchers have designed a smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities affected by power outages. The researchers said their single device works by improving energy ...

Scientists Develop New Material for Longer-Lasting Fuel Cells

New research suggests that graphene -- made in a specific way -- could be used to make more durable hydrogen fuel cells for ...

Diamonds Shine a Light on Hidden Currents in Graphene

A new diamond-based quantum sensing technique gives researchers a map of the intricate movement of electricity on a microscopic scale. New results demonstrate the potential of the technique by ...

While Birds Chirp, Plasma Shouldn't: New Insight Could Advance Fusion Energy

Scientists have furthered understanding of a barrier that can prevent doughnut-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks from operating at high efficiency by causing vital heat to be lost from ...

Battery Breakthrough Gives Boost to Electric Flight and Long-Range Electric Cars

Researchers have developed a new battery material that could enable long-range electric vehicles that can drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, and electric planes called eVTOLs for fast, ...

Researchers Create a Roadmap to Better Multivalent Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but demand is growing for less expensive and more readily available alternatives. The top ...

The Secret to Renewable Solar Fuels Is an Off-and-on Again Relationship

Copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting CO2 into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen, according to ...

New Cobalt-Free Lithium-Ion Battery Reduces Costs Without Sacrificing Performance

Researchers say they've cracked the code to a cobalt-free high-energy lithium-ion battery, eliminating the cobalt and opening the door to reducing the costs of producing batteries while boosting ...

Scientists Build High-Performing Hybrid Solar Energy Converter

Scientists have developed a hybrid solar energy converter that generates electricity and steam with high efficiency and low ...

Space Station Motors Make a Robotic Prosthetic Leg More Comfortable, Extend Battery Life

A new robotic prosthetic leg prototype offers a more natural gait while also being quieter and more energy efficient than other ...

Renewable Energy Transition Makes Dollars and Sense

Ne research has disproved the claim that the transition to renewable electricity systems will harm the global ...

Twisting Magnetic Fields for Extreme Plasma Compression

A new spin on the magnetic compression of plasmas could improve materials science, nuclear fusion research, X-ray generation and laboratory ...

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