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Nano-Membrane Generates High Yield of Electricity from Salt & Water

Written by , on July 19, 2016

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne have developed an osmotic power generation system that delivers high yields of electricity. Their innovation lies in a three atoms thick membrane used to separate salty and fresh water.   Read more »

The Return of the Incandescent Lightbulb?

Written by , on January 18, 2016

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to modify old-fashioned tungsten-filament lightbulbs to potentially make them far more efficient than current LEDs.  Read more »

Coating Improves Solar Panels at Multiple Angle

Written by , on December 17, 2015

Engineers from King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan’s National Central University have developed a a glass coating which they say enables panels to absorb sunlight from multiple angles, significantly boosting the cell’s overall efficiency.  Read more »

New Roof Coating Keeps Roofs Much Cooler

Written by , on June 10, 2015

Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a coating which keeps roofs significantly cooler than the ambient air temperature, even under the most intense summer conditions. Dr Angus Gentle and Emeritus Professor Geoff Smith reported that a roof with a “coated polymer stack” – a combination of specially chosen polyesters on a silver […]  Read more »

Hybrid Supercapacitors Promise Large Storage and Fast Charging

Written by , on April 20, 2015

Scientists at UCLA have developed hybrid supercapacitors that can store as much charge as a lead acid battery, yet can be recharged in seconds compared with hours for conventional batteries.  Read more »

Atmospheric CO2 Used for Energy Storage Products

Written by , on December 20, 2014

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products.  Read more »

New Process Triples Biogas Production from Waste

Written by , on November 5, 2014

Researchers in Spain have developed the new “BiogàsPlus” technology which increases the production of biogas by 200% with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment.  Read more »

Light Panels a Hundred Times More Efficient Then LEDs

Written by , on October 15, 2014

Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source based on carbon nanotubes that has about one hundredth of the power consumption of an LED.  Read more »

Used Cigarete Butts Make Better Supercapacitors

Written by , on August 30, 2014

A group of scientists reported that a material made from used cigarette butts has superior performance compared to commercially available carbon, graphene and carbon nanotubes.  Read more »

Pure Lithium Anode Battery

Written by , on July 30, 2014

Researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades – a pure lithium anode.  Read more »