Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have a plan underway for a 1-gigawatt space-based solar power generator within just 25 years. JAXA is working directly on the main problems. Orbital solar power’s main problem is once the energy is harvested all the huge reservoir of energy is still out there in space. Early […]

Rice University chemist James Tour and his colleagues have developed a battery made of a flexible material in a thin film for energy storage. The flexible material is a made from nanoporous nickel-fluoride electrodes layered around a solid electrolyte. The design delivers battery-like supercapacitor performance that combines the best qualities of a high-energy battery and […]

PNNL researchers have captured a view of a catalyst inspired by the inside structure of a natural protein called a hydrogenase enzyme holding onto the two halves of its hydrogen food. The research benefit goes to a fuel cell catalyst that converts hydrogen into electricity that must tear open a hydrogen molecule. The PBBL results […]

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are analyzing the new material, perovskite, using the lab’s unique testing capabilities and broad spectrum of expertise to uncover the secrets and potential of the semiconducting cube-like mineral. The NREL material is synthetic version of a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839. […]

Northwestern University (NU) scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity. An interdisciplinary team led by inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis found the crystal form of the chemical compound tin selenide conducts heat so poorly through its lattice structure that it is the […]

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