BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have crashed through another barrier to commercially viable biofuels with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The group’s work builds on results from 2011 in which researchers reported on the first genetically engineered microbe to produce […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are using advances in magnet technology to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor. It’s one that might be realized in as little as a decade, they say. They suggest the era of practical fusion power, which could offer a nearly inexhaustible energy resource, may […]

Argonne National Laboratory scientists have identified a new material to make methanol from carbon dioxide. With its unique structure, the new catalyst can capture and convert carbon dioxide in a way that ultimately saves energy. The Argonne scientists are working on the ‘capture and convert’ motto of carbon dioxide reduction, a process that stops the […]

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) researchers have built a palladium- magnesium oxide core-shell combination catalyst for fuel cells. The palladium nanoparticle cores are not sintered together and maintain spaces between each another because of the magnesium oxide shells. The development maximizes their ability to react with chemicals. The OIST team offers that fuel […]

Ohio State University researchers announced the world’s first solar air battery last fall and now are reporting reaching a new milestone. They’re reporting their patent-pending design that combines a solar cell and a battery into a single device now achieves a 20 percent energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries. The details of the research have […]

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