Penn State researchers believe they have developed a 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites. The new system may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support. In the search for ways to harvest small amounts of energy to run mobile electronic […]

Sweden’s Chalmers University researchers have developed new technologies that can be used to convert industrial plants to produce fossil-free heat, electricity, fuel, chemicals and other materials. The technical potential is enormous. By using only Sweden’s currently existing power plants, renewable fuels equivalent to 10 percent of the world’s aviation fuel could be produced. Now, after […]

University of Toronto engineers have designed a most efficient and stable process for recycling carbon dioxide into a key chemical building block for plastics – all powered using renewable electricity. The new technology takes a substantial step towards enabling manufacturers to create plastics out of two key ingredients: sunshine and pollution. Today, non-renewable fossil fuels […]

A joint research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and North Carolina State University has clarified the fundamental principles for achieving the synchronization of power generator groups in power networks. Synchronization is vital for the stable supply of alternating current electric power. Synchronization of generator groups means the phase angles (timing of the […]

Queen Mary University of London researchers have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of lithium ion batteries. They added salt to the inside of a supermolecular sponge and then baked it at a high temperature transforming the sponge into a carbon-based structure. Surprisingly, the salt reacted with […]

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