Energy

World's first solar fuels reactor for night passes test

World’s first solar fuels reactor for night passes test

Solar powered chemistry has one downfall -- reactions stop at night. Now scientists have a solution Scientists have successfully tested CONTISOL, a solar reactor that...
Scientists discover new lead-free perovskite material for solar cells

Scientists discover new lead-free perovskite material for solar cells

Perovskite solar cells are a promising new low-cost photovoltaic technology, but most contain toxic lead. A team led by Brown researchers has introduced solar cells...
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...
Your gadget’s next power supply

Your gadget’s next power supply? Your body

Searching for a power outlet may soon become a thing of the past. Instead, devices will receive electricity from a small metallic tab that, when...
An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn't shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis. The...
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy

A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy

Scientists have long searched for the next generation of materials that can catalyze a revolution in renewable energy harvesting and storage. One candidate appears to...
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...
New Air-breathing battery can store electricity for a fifth the current cost

New Air-breathing battery can store electricity for a fifth the current cost

“Air-breathing” battery can store electricity for months, for about a fifth the cost of current technologies. Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for...
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 solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance

Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance

Rechargeable batteries based on magnesium, rather than lithium, have the potential to extend electric vehicle range by packing more energy into smaller batteries. But unforeseen...