'Virtual batteries' could lead to cheaper, cleaner power
Mar 24, 2017
In the power grid, supply and demand need to match exactly. If consumers demand more power than producers can supply, or if producers provide more power than consumers need, the result can be rolling blackouts.
Renewable energy initiative moving to turn wastewater into fuel
Mar 24, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Environment watchers in Europe are looking at activities surrounding the LIFE+ Methamorphosis project funded by the European Commission.
Living 'BioWall' of plants could clean household air, lower energy bills
Mar 23, 2017
Homes of the future could have cleaner air and lower energy bills due to a Purdue team's BioWall innovation involving the use of a living wall of air-cleaning plants.
Efficiency of silicon solar cells climbs past 26 percent
Mar 21, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—A team of researchers working at Kaneka Corporation has broken the record for silicon-based solar cell efficiency by producing a cell that was tested to be 26.3-percent efficient—an increase of 0.7 percent ...
A new, gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Mar 21, 2017
Yale scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve the efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, one of the most promising areas of energy research today.
Sony patent application talks about method for wirelessly juicing up devices via NFC
Mar 17, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Wirelessly charging your phone using your friend's phone? You have to hand it to Sony for bright ideas. James Milne, True Xiong and Charles McCoy are named as the inventors on a Sony patent application published ...
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Mar 13, 2017
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from ...
Researchers develop organic solar cells with increased transparency and efficiency
Mar 08, 2017
Researchers developed a semi-transparent organic solar cell that achieves better efficiency and transparency than existing ones, according to a recent study in the Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM).
Electronic energy meters' false readings almost six times higher than actual energy consumption
Mar 06, 2017
Some electronic energy meters can give false readings that are up to 582% higher than actual energy consumption. This emerged from a study carried out by the University of Twente (UT), in collaboration with the Amsterdam ...
Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries
Mar 01, 2017
Scientists have found adding a pinch of something new to a battery's electrolyte gives the energy storage devices more juice per charge than today's commonly used rechargeable batteries.