Mechanical engineers leading effort to detect defects that reduce efficiency
23 hours ago
As the world transitions to a low-carbon energy future, near-term, large-scale deployment of solar power will be critical to mitigating climate change by midcentury. Climate scientists estimate that the world will need 10 ...
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Feb 18, 2017
USC researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries—small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars.
Efficient power converter for internet of things
Feb 17, 2017
The "internet of things" is the idea that vehicles, appliances, civil structures, manufacturing equipment, and even livestock will soon have sensors that report information directly to networked servers, aiding with maintenance ...
New research removes a key barrier to large-scale manufacture of low-cost, printable perovskite solar cells
Feb 16, 2017
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively ...
Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep
Feb 09, 2017
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows ...
New engineered material can cool roofs, structures with zero energy consumption
Feb 09, 2017
A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial—an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature —to act as a kind of air conditioning system ...
Scientists design electricity generator that mimics trees
Feb 01, 2017
Money doesn't grow on trees, but electricity might someday.
Giant wind turbine breaks 24-hour power record
Feb 01, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—Turbines that can produce clean energy are always a point of interest and a Denmark-based company is in the news on two counts: a recent launch and the fact that it sets a new world record for wind power from ...
Startup brings solar-powered, phone-charging park benches and digital signs to cities worldwide
Jan 27, 2017
Equipped with high-tech versions of common city fixtures—namely, smart benches and digital information signs—and fueled by a "deploy or die" attitude, MIT Media Lab spinout Changing Environments is hoping to accelerate ...
Novel wind turbine flaps like a hummingbird
Jan 24, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—A Tunisian company called Tyer Wind has released details of a new type of wind turbine they have developed that is based on what the company describes as 3-D Aouinian kinematics—a wind turbine designed to ...