The puzzle that bedevils renewables in electrification is storage. We usually think of batteries as the obvious solution and that is an excellent answer in small quantities and short periods of time. The problem lies in renewables needing daylight or wind to generate power and when the base energy source sets or dies down the […]

Aalto University scientists have taken a close look at how lignocellulose – or plant biomass such as wood – can be used for optical applications, potentially replacing commonly used materials like sand and plastics. A digital, urbanized world consumes huge amounts of raw materials that could hardly be called environmentally friendly. One promising solution may […]

For years, researchers believed that the smaller the domain size in a ferroelectric crystal, the greater the piezoelectric properties of the material. However, recent findings by Penn State researchers have raised questions about this standard rule. Piezoelectricity is a material property where a crystal generates electrical charge under an applied mechanical force. This capability enables […]

University of Basel researchers continue to improve the performance dye sensitized solar cells with sensitizers using iron – a commonly available and environmentally friendly metal. Solar energy plays an important role in the fight against climate change as a substitute for fossil fuels. Dye-sensitized solar cells promise to be a low-cost supplement to the photovoltaic […]

Researchers at Dalian Maritime University, Marine Engineering College reported they have developed flexible power generators that mimic the way seaweed sways to efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices. Ocean waves can be powerful, containing enough energy to push around sand, pebbles and even boulders during storms. These waves, as […]

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