Power to the batteries
Better solar panels and wind turbines are important to helping ensure a low-carbon future. But they are not enough. The energy from these intermittent sources must be stored, managed, converted and accessed ...
Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries
Most people see defects as flaws. A few Michigan Technological University researchers, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries—which are small, symmetrical defects in materials—may present ...
Wearables may get boost from boron-infused graphene
A microsupercapacitor designed by scientists at Rice University that may find its way into personal and even wearable electronics is getting an upgrade. The laser-induced graphene device benefits greatly ...
The $9 computer wants you. CHIP heats up on Kickstarter
Chemistry student makes sun harvest breakthrough
The sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour, Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year, if only we knew how to harvest and save it. But storing ...
GoSun solar grill offers a greener way to barbecue
For batteries, one material does it all
Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it.
GM cuts 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid car price by almost $1,200
General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.
Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system
Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.
The history and development of batteries
Batteries are so ubiquitous today that they're almost invisible to us. Yet they are a remarkable invention with a long and storied history, and an equally exciting future.
Fonkraft modular smartphone makes crowdfunding debut
Inspired by humans, a robot takes a walk in the grass (w/ Video)
In a rolling, outdoor field, full of lumps, bumps and uneven terrain, researchers at Oregon State University last week successfully field-tested for the first time the locomotion abilities of a two-legged ...
Better batteries to break dependence on fossil fuels
By 2050 world population is projected to reach 10 billion people, and energy needs will double from what we require today. "We are nowhere near ready," said Héctor D. Abruña at a Charter Day Weekend lecture, ...
Tracking exploding lithium-ion batteries in real-time (w/ Video)
What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging.