An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells: The new size-optimized catalysts are twice as good as the best process commercially available today. Fuel cells might well replace batteries as the power source for electric cars. They consume hydrogen, a gas which could […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) researchers have developed a method that uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors. Their method can cut the pumps’ power requirement by around 25%. In Switzerland, 50 to 60% of new homes are equipped with heat pumps. These systems draw in thermal energy from the surrounding environment […]

New research at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) shows that injecting air and carbon dioxide into methane ice deposits buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico could unlock vast natural gas energy resources while helping fight climate change by trapping the carbon dioxide underground. The study, published in the journal Water Resources Research, used […]

A new discovery from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals how sugars could be used to make almost indestructible cloth and other materials. Nature figured it out long ago, but the answer has been hidden away in bubbling baths of acid. The secret to making clothing practically indestructible could be the same thing […]

University of Houston (UH) researchers have reported a major step forward in the search for new thermoelectric materials. The discovery offers a new explanation for asymmetrical thermoelectric performance. The promise of thermoelectric materials as a source of clean energy drives the search for materials that can efficiently produce substantial amounts of power from waste heat. […]

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