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Nanoparticle innovation promises cheaper, lighter solar cells

Solar cells could, one day, be painted onto surfaces, thanks to new nanoparticles

Energy June 11, 2014

Nanoparticles advancement makes for cheaper solar cells

New kind of nanoparticle could bring solar power to millions at an affordable cost. Technology could have other uses as well, Canadian researchers say.

Energy June 10, 2014

California, NY among states that want 3.3 million electric cars on the road by 2025

We’ll be seeing more electric cars on the roads of California and New York. The two states are joining six others in an effort to bring more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles to roads within 11 years.

Energy May 31, 2014

Volvo wants to build electric roads that can charge city buses

A future where cars, trains and buses are charged while running on the road may happen very soon, thanks to Volvo’s plan to build a public electric road slated for 2015.

Energy May 30, 2014

Forget power cords, batteries. This supercapacitor is the future of energy storage

The supercapacitor, developed by a team from Vanderbilt University, could make power charging cords and batteries obsolete.

Energy May 27, 2014

AT&T will install more solar charging stations in New York

AT&T beefs up its environmental-friendly solar-powered Street Charge units around New York. Here's a short list of places in NYC where you can charge your devices for free.

Energy May 20, 2014

Turn light into matter. This 80-year-old theory can be a reality in 12 months.

An experiment physically proving the Breit-Wheeler theory in 1934 could even unlock two of physics' greatest unsolved mysteries: the first 100 seconds of the universe and the composition of gamma ray bursts.

Energy May 21, 2014

Elon Musk: 200 gigafactories must be built to lower lithium battery prices

The world needs hundreds of massive battery factories to meet the demand for more energy-efficient vehicle battery packs in the future, according to Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.

Energy May 15, 2014

Tin-made solar cells are cost effective alternative to lead

Solar cells made of tin could revolutionize the renewable energy industry. This is the story of how they work.

Energy May 7, 2014

Scientists develop greener solar cells using tin instead of lead

Solar cells are not a thing of the past. A recent study discovered an environment-friendly version of the solar cell. Find out why it is dubbed as "the next big thing."

Energy May 6, 2014

Oak Ridge researchers develop battery that can last 50 years. Low batt? What's that?

Low battery can soon be a thing of the past. Oak Ridge researchers have developed a battery than can last even for 50 years.

Energy April 30, 2014

Graphene and carbon nanotube ultracapacitors boast high performance and low cost

Two different carbon nanostructures when combined make for efficient energy-storage devices, researchers say. Result could be smaller, more powerful electronic devices.

Energy April 23, 2014

Floating nuclear plants may withstand dangerous tsunamis

Nuclear power plants built on floating ocean platforms could survive earthquakes and tsunamis, researchers say. Surrounding seawater could cool fuel rods and prevent any meltdowns.

Energy April 17, 2014

Flat surface that transforms into spherical antenna? Possible!

A new material has been developed that could make it possible to create a new generation of flat antennas. What could it be?

Energy April 16, 2014

Solar power without sunshine? MIT, Harvard scientists made it possible!

Solar facilities can still be a source of power even when the sun is not shining, thanks to a new "wonder" material developed by U.S. researchers.

Energy April 15, 2014

New IPCC report on climate change suggests solutions: Are renewable energy sources up to the task?

A climate report from the IPCC calls for three to four times as much energy production from renewable energy sources as today. Is the technology up to the task?

Energy April 14, 2014

Desert-friendly crops grown on solar energy farms could yield 'win-win' energy solution

Biofuel crops planted within solar energy farms could bring 'two-for-the-price-of-one' energy bounty.

Energy April 12, 2014

NIST-F2 atomic clock will be super accurate for 300 mn years: What purpose will it serve?

NIST scientists have unveiled a new atomic clock that will provide the new time and frequency standard in the U.S. and revealed uses for a clock that will show the perfect time for the next 300 million years.

Energy April 6, 2014

Scientists genetically engineer 'designer' trees to make production of paper and biofuel easier

Genetically modified trees will yield more paper while reducing energy and chemicals needed to produce it.

Energy April 10, 2014

U.S. experimental facility could bring fusion energy one step closer

Department of Energy QUASAR fusion research experiment puts science on the hunt for abundant, clean fusion power.

Energy April 1, 2014

Artificial yeast chromosome created from scratch could revolutionize biofuel and medical industries

The birth of the synthetic chromosome may herald the coming of revolutionary innovations in biofuel development and medicine. The team was successful in creating the first fully synthetic eukaryote chromosome.

Energy March 30, 2014

Future rockets could be powered by high-energy biofuel from engineered bacteria

Scientists are using tree enzymes to modify bacteria in the search for alternate high-energy fuels for aerospace uses.

Energy March 29, 2014

Siemens invests $264 mn in UK wind turbine production and installation facilities

A new investment has given high hopes to a local economy beset by high unemployment rate that in turn has been brought about by recession in the UK.

Energy March 25, 2014

Breakthrough: Living materials created by MIT scientists can sense and respond to surrounding

E. Coli can produce tiny fibers that can conduct electricity and emit light. Here is why this development blurs the line between living and mechanical systems.

Energy March 25, 2014

MIT researchers engineer 'living materials:' E. coli minicyborgs that produce biofilm for energy application?

MIT researchers have successfully turned bacteria into tiny cyborgs with a new type of “living material.” This new material could have a variety of technical applications in solar power and energy.

Energy March 24, 2014

Harvesting solar energy from Earth's infrared radiation? Possible!

Harvard physicists believe it is possible to build a type of solar cell that would work at night. If it proves practical, this idea could revolutionize the energy industry.

Energy March 5, 2014

New catalyst transforms CO2 to methanol: Solution to energy problem?

A new catalyst could make methanol the fuel of the future. The development could also affect several other products.

Energy March 4, 2014

Scientists discover cheaper way to make hydrogen fuel

Thanks to an interesting new development, people may soon be able to enjoy affordable hydrogen fuel to power their vehicles and other machines. Scientists have discovered a cheaper way of obtaining hydrogen from water by harnessing the power of the sun.

Energy February 25, 2014

Scientists discover cheaper way to make hydrogen fuel

Thanks to an interesting new development, people may soon be able to enjoy affordable hydrogen fuel to power their vehicles and other machines. Scientists have discovered a cheaper way of obtaining hydrogen from water by harnessing the power of the sun.

Energy February 25, 2014

Nanoscale pillars may make solar panels and other thermoelectric materials more efficient

Scientists have discovered a way to improve the efficiency of thermoelectric materials using nanoscale pillars. This new development could radically improve solar panels and convert excess heat generated by power plants into electricity.

Energy February 24, 2014

Hydrogen-producing artificial leaf may soon end our search for cheap hydrogen

By looking at how photosynthesis occurs in plants, scientists have identified why the process is so efficient. This small change could revolutionize renewable energy.

Energy February 20, 2014

Hydrogen-producing artificial leaf may soon end our search for cheap hydrogen

By looking at how photosynthesis occurs in plants, scientists have identified why the process is so efficient. This small change could revolutionize renewable energy.

Energy February 20, 2014

New light harvesting technique by Stanford team may revolutionize solar industry

By studying the way photosynthesis works in bacteria, researchers hope to create a new generation of highly versatile solar cells.

Energy February 18, 2014

Silicon nanoparticles designed to mimic seed arrangement of pomegranate may lead to lighter, better batteries

Scientists have come up with a novel design for lithium-ion batteries. The new battery has electrodes designed in a manner similar to the seeds of pomegranate fruit, and can be used to create more compact and more powerful batteries.

Energy February 19, 2014

Methane gas leak worse than diesel for climate change

Natural gas may be leaking tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases into the environment. A new study shows new buses running on natural gas may not be as eco-friendly as once believed.

Energy February 18, 2014

Giant laser brings nuclear fusion power one step closer to reality

Fusion experiments at the National Ignition Facility has reached the point where the energy generated exceeds the energy expended.

Energy February 13, 2014

Plastic shopping bags to diesel fuel? Possible, say scientists

Plastic bags are filling up landfills, choking animals and forming islands in the oceans. Wouldn't it be nice if they could be used to power our homes and automobiles? That is now possible. Here's how its done.

Energy February 14, 2014

Thermal flow control now a step closer to reality

Scientists have proposed a new heat flow technology to manage heat in electronic devices.

Energy January 29, 2014

MIT develops hot carbon nanotubes that lets solar panels draw more sun

MIT researchers are currently testing a new type of solar cell using carbon nanotubes to increase efficiency.

Energy January 20, 2014

MIT develops hot carbon nanotubes that lets solar panels draw more sun

MIT researchers are currently testing a new type of solar cell using carbon nanotubes to increase efficiency.

Energy January 20, 2014

Scientists harness power of sound waves to levitate and move objects in air

Scientists from the University of Tokyo have succeeded in creating a rig that can levitate as well as move around small objects in mid-air.

Energy January 4, 2014

SolarCity offering Tesla battery-powered energy storage systems

SolarCity has announced the availability of DemandLogic, which is a Tesla battery-powered energy storage system, for commercial use.

Energy December 5, 2013

Snap-on Copenhagen Wheel miraculously turns bicycle into mean machine

The wheel and the bike get smarter with the Copenhagen Wheel by MIT and Cambridge-based Superpedestrian.

Energy December 4, 2013

Scientists make breakthrough in waterproof technology

Scientists have made a breakthrough discovery in waterproof technology, which can now repel water from the surface better than before. The new technology could be deployed in aircraft engine to reduce icing or turbine blades in electric power plants to prevent water build up.

Energy November 26, 2013

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