Waste silicon gets new life in lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at Rice University and the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, have developed a way to make flexible components for rechargeable lithium-ion (LI) batteries from discarded silicon.
Researchers find ordinary pen ink useful for building a supercapacitor
Progress made in building rechargeable lithium-air battery
New ultracapacitor delivers a jolt of energy at a constant voltage
Chemical batteries power many different mobile electronic devices, but repeated charging and discharging cycles can wear them out. An alternative energy storage device called an ultracapacitor can be recharged hundreds of ...
New lithium ion battery strategy offers more energy, longer life cycle
(Phys.org) -- Lithium ion batteries drive devices from electric cars to smartphones. And society is demanding more batteries with more capacity from each battery.
Startup creates new type of electrolyte for better and cheaper lithium ion battery
Nanopower: Avoiding electrolyte failure in nanoscale lithum batteries
(PhysOrg.com) -- It turns out you can be too thin -- especially if you're a nanoscale battery. Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Maryland, College Park, ...
Fuel cells show potential
National Physical Laboratory scientists have developed an innovative fuel cell reference electrode that has been used to map changes in electrode potential inside a working polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) ...
Charging up the auto industry
This year's iconic North American International Auto Show featured a wave of new hybrid and electric cars that suggest the vehicles have truly come into their own. But what's the future for the technology needed to power ...
Researchers find energy storage 'solutions' in MetILs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Sandia researchers have developed a new family of liquid salt electrolytes, known as MetILs, that could lead to batteries able to cost-effectively store three times more energy than todays ...
Liquid batteries could level the load
The biggest drawback to many real or proposed sources of clean, renewable energy is their intermittency: The wind doesnt always blow, the sun doesnt always shine, and so the power they produce ...
Team models ionic conductivity in doped ceria for use as a fuel cell electrolyte
(PhysOrg.com) -- Optimizing the conductivity of ceria based oxides, or doped ceria, is crucial to their use as electrolytes in future solid oxide fuel cells.
Novel device removes heavy metals from water
An unfortunate consequence of many industrial and manufacturing practices, from textile factories to metalworking operations, is the release of heavy metals in waterways. Those metals can remain for decades, even centuries, ...
Electrochemistry controlled with a plasma electrode
Engineers at Case Western Reserve University have made an electrochemical cell that uses a plasma for an electrode, instead of solid pieces of metal.