Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a material for a chemical heat ‘battery’ that could release its energy on demand. The new phase-change material provides a way to store heat in a stable chemical form, then release it later, on demand, using light as a trigger. A good example for its use is that […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab experiments help scientists shed light on fuel-cell physics. Scientists looking for the right balance of moisture and temperature in a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell have used X-rays to explore the inner workings of its components at tiny scales. Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel […]

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) researchers have designed a new system that reduces the energy gains and losses of buildings through their façade, managing to reduce the energy consumption due to air flow. Two researchers from School of Building Engineering at UPM have developed a ventilated façade with a double chamber and flow control device […]

Osaka University researchers have created a catalyst for refining chemicals in plant waste, allowing a green way to produce valuable raw materials. The research team has discovered how to create valuable chemicals from clean sources. They used biomass, essentially waste from plant materials. Biomass is rich in organic molecules – long chains of carbon atoms […]

A Sandia National Lab team has developed a new optical device that helps researchers image pollutants in combusting fuel sprays that might lead to clearer skies in the future. The optical setup can now quantify the formation of soot – particulate matter consisting primarily of carbon – as a function of time and space for […]

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