Iowa State University researchers have demonstrated a proof-of-concept three-dimensional paper-based microbial fuel cell (MFC) that could take advantage of capillary action to guide the liquids through the MFC system and eliminate the need of external power. The research team’s study paper has been published in the current issue of the journal TECHNOLOGY. The paper-based MFC […]

Harvard researchers have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of fuel cells to make them even more robust and efficient. The discovery provided a new observation of a new type of phase transition in an oxide material. Solid oxide fuel cells, which rely on low- cost ceramic materials, are among the most efficient […]

Researchers at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) de Lyon report that introducing a plasticizer into “electrostrictive polymers” materials offers an efficient way to improve their mechanical energy harvesting performance. The group of smart materials known as “electrostrictive polymers” have been explored for their potential mechanical energy harvesting abilities as a viable method for […]

University of Delaware researchers are reporting a breakthrough that promises to bring down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells by replacing expensive platinum catalysts with cheaper ones made from metals like nickel. The transport sector – which includes passenger cars, trucks, buses, and rail, marine, and air transport – accounts for more than 20% of […]

Georgia Institute of Technology scientists announced a two-stage power management and storage system could dramatically improve the efficiency of triboelectric generators. Triboelectric generators harvest energy from irregular human motion such as walking, running or finger tapping. The system uses a small capacitor to capture alternating current generated by the biomechanical activity. When the first capacitor […]

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