We’ve heard and many have experienced the lithium ion battery problems of overheating and sometimes breaking out into fires. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) led by Nitash Balsara, a faculty scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division have discovered what is going on. Over the course […]

University of Houston (UH) scientists have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight’s solar power.  The new technique involves the use of cobalt oxide nanoparticles to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The research paper has just been published online in Nature Nanotechnology, behind a paywall. Professor Jiming Bao, lead […]

Zhong Lin Wang a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) is using what’s technically known as the triboelectric effect to create surprising amounts of electric power by rubbing or touching two different materials together, also known as static electricity. With one stomp of his foot Wang illuminates a thousand LED bulbs – with […]

Muriel Andreani, Isabelle Daniel, and Marion Pollet-Villard of University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 have discovered a quick recipe for producing hydrogen.  The university press release suggests the breakthrough would be a “better way of producing the hydrogen that propels rockets and energizes fuel cells. In a few decades, it could even help the world meet […]

A Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany has a group that can claim high efficiency thermionic conversion of heat energy.  The heat source could be light from the sun, heat from burned fossil fuels, nuclear or any of the fuel sources that yield energy with heat. Because of its thermionic energy’s […]

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