Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Aug 17, 2017
The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag.
South Australia energy project to use solar thermal tech, integrated molten salt energy storage
Aug 16, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—A 150 megawatt solar thermal plant near the town of Port Augusta, South Australia, is in the news; the facility, known as Aurora, is from SolarReserve. This is a US-based company that is a developer, owner ...
Zinc-air batteries: Three-stage method could revolutionise rechargeability
Aug 15, 2017
University of Sydney researchers have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks preventing zinc-air batteries from overtaking conventional lithium-ion batteries as the power source of choice in electronic devices.
IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
Aug 10, 2017
Researchers in China have engineered bendable batteries that can run on body-inspired liquids such as normal IV saline solution and cell-culture medium. In their work, published August 10 in the journal Chem, the authors ...
Mazda announces gasoline engine using compression ignition
Aug 09, 2017
(Tech Xplore)—A new car engine will eventually come on the scene. This week's car watching sites have reacted to Tuesday's announcement from Mazda with interest. At a time when the total focus appears to be on electric ...
Smart windows that go from clear to dark in under a minute
Aug 09, 2017
Stanford University engineers have developed dynamic windows that can switch from transparent to opaque or back again in under a minute and do not degrade over time. The prototypes are plates of conductive glass outlined ...
Decades after developing technology, NREL sets new solar-to-hydrogen record
Aug 09, 2017
Innovation is forever marching forward, but sometimes it's necessary to take a small step backward in the interest of greater accuracy. Revisiting previous solar-to-hydrogen research enabled scientists at the Energy Department's ...
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Aug 08, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): a battery activated by spit that can be used in extreme conditions where normal batteries don't ...
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Aug 03, 2017
According to a prediction made by the U.S. Department of Energy, wind energy could provide 20 percent of electricity in the U.S. by the year 2030. This has motivated researchers from the University of Utah's Department of ...
How to extend your phone's battery life
Jul 31, 2017
As mobile phone users, all we want is enough battery life to last the day. Frustratingly, the older the device, the less power it seems to have.