Energy

Researchers charge ahead to develop better batteries

Batteries die at the most inconvenient times. Cellphones go dark during important conversations because a battery hasn't been recharged. Or the automotive industry revs up with...

Army research rejuvenates older zinc batteries

Army scientists, with a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, have created a water-based...
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

New microbial fuel cell could be integrated into wearable electronics A research team has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be...

Nanoscale coating enables solar cells to absorb 20 percent more sunlight

Trapping light with an optical version of a whispering gallery, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a nanoscale...

Future electric cars could recharge wirelessly while you drive

Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road...
Compound could transform energy storage for large grids

Compound could transform energy storage for large grids

In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide...

Thin film converts heat from electronics into energy

Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States each year is wasted as heat. Much of that heat is less than...
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality

Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality

UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to...

How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry

The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at a rapid clip, driven by declining prices and supportive government policies. Based on...

Light ‘relaxes’ crystal to boost solar cell efficiency

Some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform a lot better. A collaboration led by...