Energy

Solar Cells More Efficient Thanks to New Material Standing on Edge

Solar Cells More Efficient Thanks to New Material Standing on Edge

Researchers have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks...
Alga's Dictionary of Genes Could Lead to Advances in Biofuels and Medicine

Alga’s Dictionary of Genes Could Lead to Advances in Biofuels and Medicine

Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of...
Could this battery keep your phone on longer

Could This Battery Keep Your Phone on Longer?

Researchers have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries. The new battery stores lithium in a unique anode,...
China Extracts Combustible Ice in South China Sea

China Extracts Combustible Ice in South China Sea

China has succeeded in collecting samples of combustible ice in the South China Sea, a breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution,...
Fuel cell microbes

Fuel Cell Microbes Turn Methane into Electricity

Researchers have created a microbial fuel cell that can convert methane directly to electricity. The fuel cell could help to solve the problem of moving...
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign

Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign

Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution. Solar cells harness...
Your motion of checking smartwatch can charge it

Your motion of checking smartwatch can charge it

New research from Samsung explores the possibilities of using everyday movement to support motion-powered TENG devices. Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) are small devices that convert movement...
Solar energy can help combat national security risks in the power grid

Solar energy can help combat national security risks in the power grid

Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of...
New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its...
Scientists find more efficient way to make oil from dead trees

Scientists find more efficient way to make oil from dead trees

The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size...