University of California, Irvine (UCI) researchers have invented a nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times. Scaled up and marketable the tech would get us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. The breakthrough work could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers, smartphones, appliances, […]



Researchers at Tohoku University have announced a new thermoelectric device using cutting edge thermoelectric conversion technology. Thermoelectric conversion technology converts energy abandoned as waste heat back to electric power that could potentially save lost energy. The new technology, known as the spin Seebeck effect, has conversion efficiency 10 times higher than the conventional method. Although […]



Utah State University researchers have announced a light-driven process that uses photochemical energy to replace adenosine triphosphate to convert dinitrogen, the form of nitrogen found in the air, to ammonia fertilizer. All living things require nitrogen for survival, but the world depends on only two known processes to break nitrogen’s ultra-strong bonds to allow conversion […]



Australian National University (ANU) physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team has demonstrated a new artificial material, or metamaterial, that glows in an unusual way when heated. The metamaterial opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic […]



Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers have made an unexpected discovery leading to a rechargeable battery that’s as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density. The new battery could become a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative for storing renewable energy and supporting the power grid. The team identified this energy storage […]



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