Energy

Stanford researchers recommend changes to U.S. solar policies, encourage collaboration with China

Stanford researchers recommend changes to U.S. solar policies, encourage collaboration with China

The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically...
Left: Ultra-thin material on a glass slide, prepared by casting the gel-like slurry on copper foil and transferring the film. Right: An electrode coated with a layer of the new material.

A new, gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries

Yale scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve the efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, one...
This is an illustration of a perovskite solar cell.

Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells

Five years ago, the world started to talk about third-generation solar cells that challenged the traditional silicon cells with a cheaper and simpler manufacturing...
Making sodium-ion batteries that last

Making sodium-ion batteries that last

Lithium-ion batteries have become essential in everyday technology. But these power sources can explode under certain circumstances and are not ideal for grid-scale energy storage. Sodium-ion...
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass

Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both...
Cheaper battery for solar made with pee ingredient

Cheaper battery for solar made with pee ingredient

A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power...
Oceans hold ‘endless’ uranium for nuclear power

Oceans hold ‘endless’ uranium for nuclear power

Trace amounts of uranium exist in seawater, but efforts to extract it for nuclear power haven’t produced enough to make it a viable source...
Space energy technology restored to make power stations more efficient

Space energy technology restored to make power stations more efficient

Scientists use graphene to reinvent abandoned heat energy converter technology Satellite-powering technology that was abandoned decades ago has been reinvented to potentially work with traditional...
New nanofiber marks important step in next generation battery development

New nanofiber marks important step in next generation battery development

One of the keys to building electric cars that can travel longer distances and to powering more homes with renewable energy is developing efficient...
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories

Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories

There have been many attempts to modify this stubborn little enzyme, but none have succeeded. Until now. With new findings from Chalmers University of Technology,...