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Could the heat of the Earth crust become the ultimate energy source?

July 18, 2019

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Sanoh Industrial developed a very stable battery cell that can directly…
Device channels heat into light

July 15, 2019

The ever-more-humble carbon nanotube may be just the device to make solar panels – and anything else that loses energy…
Materials—Engineering heat transport

June 5, 2019

Scientists have discovered a way to alter heat transport in thermoelectric materials, a finding that may ultimately improve…
New study tracks fundamental movements in energy conversion

April 15, 2019

Energy conversion processes, from photosynthesis and respiration in living organisms to combustion and fuel cells used to power…
Researchers analyzed the oxygen structure (highlighted in red) found in a perovskite’s crystal structure at room temperature, 500°C and 900°C using neutron scattering at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source. Analyzing how these structures impact solid oxide fuel cells could lead to the development of new, improved materials. Credit: Kevin Huang/University of South Carolina
Neutrons—Fueling better power

February 5, 2019

A University of South Carolina research team is investigating the oxygen reduction performance of energy conversion materials called…
Brookhaven Delivers Innovative Magnets for New Energy-Recovery Accelerator

January 3, 2019

Test accelerator under construction at Cornell will reuse energy, running beams through multi-pass magnets that help keep size…
Full of energy

December 10, 2018

Electricity as a form of energy is not exactly efficient because much of it is lost as heat.…
Energizing heat for smart appliances

November 21, 2018

Scientists are getting closer to designing thermoelectric materials that efficiently harvest heat from the surrounding environment and convert…
New approaches to chemical and electrical energy conversions

July 17, 2018

For the second time, the U.S. Department of Energy renewed funding for a center designed to explore fundamental…
Thin film converts heat from electronics into energy

April 18, 2018

Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States each year is wasted as heat. Much…
Turning heat into electricity

January 17, 2018

What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun’s heat during…
It’s something in the water: LLNL scientists extract hydrogen as potential fuel source

August 1, 2017

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have developed a technique that helps extract hydrogen from water efficiently and…
One step closer to reality: devices that convert heat into electricity

December 23, 2016

The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have…
Mineral increases solar cell efficiency

November 16, 2016

A mineral found in nature may be the key to more efficient solar panels. New research by Lawrence…
Fuel from sewage is the future – and it’s closer than you think

November 4, 2016

It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn…
Spacecraft ‘Nuclear Batteries’ Could Get a Boost from New Materials

October 17, 2016

No extension cord is long enough to reach another planet, and there’s no spacecraft charging station along the…
Highest efficiency hydrogen production under natural sunlight

September 30, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Miyazaki University have produced hydrogen under natural sunlight at an energy…
First Optical Rectenna – Combined Rectifier and Antenna – Converts Light to DC Current

September 29, 2015

Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an…
Reshaping the Solar Spectrum to Turn Light to Electricity

July 29, 2015

When it comes to installing solar cells, labor cost and the cost of the land to house them…
DARPA Developing New Materials For Energy Transduction

January 8, 2015

Transduction involving the conversion of energy from one form into another is common in many military and space…
New catalyst paves the way for eco-friendly fuel

July 15, 2014

Fuel cells are an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel and gasoline engines. Unfortunately, fuel cells use a platinum…
UTS research makes desalination cheaper and greener

June 23, 2014

A new cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly method of desalination that could use up to 80 per cent less energy…
Sustaining our cities

May 30, 2014

Imagine a typical day in your city – the commute to work, a walk around the block on…
The incredible shrinking “power brick”

May 29, 2014

While laptops continue to shrink in size and weight, the “power bricks” that charge them remain heavy and…
A new way to harness waste heat

May 21, 2014

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the…
Strain enhances conversion efficiency from electrical to optical signal

May 19, 2014

The research group of Associate Professor Mitsuru Takenaka in the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering Department…
Sorption energy storage and conversion for cooling and heating

March 18, 2014

New materials and technologies are making it possible to utilize thermal energy more efficiently. Visit Hall 13 at…
Artificial Forest for Solar Water-Splitting

May 17, 2013

In the wake of the sobering news that atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at its highest level in…
Picking Apart Photosynthesis

March 29, 2013

Chemists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory believe they can now…
Researchers Solve Riddle of What Has Been Holding Two Unlikely Materials Together

March 15, 2013

For years, researchers have developed thin films of bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) – which converts heat into electricity or…
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