Energy

MIT researchers devise new way to make light interact with matter

MIT researchers devise new way to make light interact with matter

This could lead to more efficient solar cells someday A new way of enhancing the interactions between light and matter could someday lead to more...
New ways to stabilize record-high capacity lithium-ion battery

New ways to stabilize record-high capacity lithium-ion battery

Advancement could pave the way for less expensive, longer-lasting batteries for electric vehicles A Northwestern University research team has found ways to stabilize a new...

Confined light could lead to cheaper and more efficient lasers, solar cells

Cheaper and more efficient photonic devices, such as lasers, optical fibers, and other light sources may be possible with confined light that is unaffected...
New discovery paves the way for safer, smaller batteries and fuel cells

New discovery paves the way for safer, smaller batteries and fuel cells

Fuel cells and batteries provide electricity by generating and coaxing positively charged ions from a positive to a negative terminal which frees negatively charged...
Prototype nuclear battery packs 10 times more power than ordinary chemical batteries

Prototype nuclear battery packs 10 times more power than ordinary chemical batteries

Russian researchers have optimized the design of a nuclear battery generating power from the beta decay of nickel-63, a radioactive isotope. Their new battery prototype...
Lego-like chemical building blocks self-assemble into catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Lego-like chemical building blocks self-assemble into catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

What's better than platinum? In hydrogen fuel cells, the answer is cofacial cobalt porphyrins. It's a mouthful to say, and if you're not a chemist, you've...
Better, faster, stronger Building batteries that don't go boom

Better, faster, stronger: Building batteries that don’t go boom

Understanding how lithium reacts to pressure developed from charging and discharging a battery could mean safer, better batteries There's an old saying: "You must learn...
Polymer crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

Polymer crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

Scientists from the universities of Bristol and Cambridge have found a way to create polymeric semiconductor nanostructures that absorb light and transport its energy...
What does the future of energy look like

What does the future of energy look like?

Fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas supply 80 percent of the world’s energy to warm homes, charge devices and power transportation. They are...
Energy harvesting capability could increase 10-fold with this new tech

Energy harvesting capability could increase 10-fold with this new tech

A 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam...