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Li-ion Batteries Last Three Times Longer with SiO2 Anode

Li-ion Batteries Last Three Times Longer with SiO2 Anode

Researchers at the University of California have developed a new way to make lithium-ion batteries, using a common material, that will last three times longer between charges compared to the current industry standard.  Read more »

New Way of Generating Electricity from Heat

New Way of Generating Electricity from Heat

Researchers at MIT and Stanford demonstrated a new way to transform waste heat into electricity, particularly in situations where the temperature gradient is small.  Read more »

Dual-carbon Battery – Safer, Longer Life & Charges Faster

Dual-carbon Battery – Safer, Longer Life & Charges Faster

The Japanese company Power Japan Plus has announced that it has development a carbon battery that can be charged 20 times faster than an ordinary lithium-ion cell, is cheap to manufacture, safe and environmentally friendly. The company says that it is planning to mass-produce its “dual-carbon” battery which would be ideal to improve the range and charging times of electric cars.  Read more »

Aviation Fuel from CO2, Water and Sunlight

Aviation Fuel from CO2, Water and Sunlight

The Solar-Jet project has successfully demonstrated the entire production chain for renewable kerosene obtained directly from just sunlight, water and carbon dioxide captured from the air. The process also has the potential to produce other types of fuel, such as diesel, gasoline or pure hydrogen, for transport applications in a more sustainable way. The project […]  Read more »

Fracking Boosts New Water Treatment Technologies

Fracking Boosts New Water Treatment Technologies

The growth of fracking, with its high demand for water, is increasing the demand for ways to reuse and recycle water – which, in turn, is leading to the development of new water treatment technologies with potential aplication in other areas.  Read more »

Electric Demonstrator Aircraft by Airbus

Electric Demonstrator Aircraft by Airbus

AIrbus has demonstrated what is believed to be the first aircraft developed from the ground-up an electric-powered aircraft.  Read more »

Efficient New Solar Cell Material Can Also Emit Light

Efficient New Solar Cell Material Can Also Emit Light

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University have developed a solar cell material which can emit light as well as converting light to electricity. The new cells not only glow when electricity passes through them but they can also be customised to emit different colours.  Read more »

New Wind Turbine Design Based on Bird Wings

New Wind Turbine Design Based on Bird Wings

The German industrial automation and control company, Festo, has developed a dual wing generator. In contrast to conventional small wind power stations, the system uses two pairs of opposing wings instead of rotor blades to generate power.  Read more »

Energy Dense “Biobattery” Runs on Sugar

Energy Dense “Biobattery” Runs on Sugar

A research team at Virginia Tech university, led by Professor Y.H. Percival Zhang, has developed a sugar-powered fuel cell that stores ten times as much energy as the equivalent-size lithium-ion battery. The new sugar-powered cell has an energy density an order of magnitude higher than previous “”biobatteries” – allowing it to run longer before needing to […]  Read more »

Storing Energy in Silicon Cells

Storing Energy in Silicon Cells

Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have devised a way to store electricity on a silicon-based supercapacitor that potentially would let mobile phones recharge in seconds and continue to operate for weeks without recharging. Whereas batteries store energy in chemical reactions, supercapacitors store electricity by assembling ions on the surface of a porous material. As […]  Read more »