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 […]






The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is developing a new-generation, long-life fuel cell system offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. Working with Convion Ltd and Elcogen Ltd in the INNO-SOFC project, the effort is planned to result in new, energy-efficient and commercially viable fuel cells. The Finns look like they mean […]






Chalmers University researchers have discovered that a certain bed material improves the combustion efficiency of waste and biomass. The material decreases operating and maintenance costs significantly. In collaboration with the energy supplier Eon, the researchers have proven the concept in today‚Äôs commercial boilers. The Chalmers team’s findings make combined heat and power (CHP) technology much […]






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