James' bond: A graphene / nanotube hybrid
(Phys.org)—A seamless graphene/nanotube hybrid created at Rice University may be the best electrode interface material possible for many energy storage and electronics applications.
Energy storage of the future
Personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops could get a boost from some of the lightest materials in the world.
Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought
In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs ...
Hycopter stores energy in form of hydrogen, not air
New imaging techniques track lithium-ion reactions in real-time, potential for more powerful, longer-lasting batteries
(Phys.org)—The cherished portability of many popular electronics, from smart phones to laptops, mostly comes courtesy of lithium-ion batteries. Unfortunately, these dense and lightweight energy storage ...
Chemists discover key reaction mechanism behind the highly touted sodium-oxygen battery
Chemists at the University of Waterloo have discovered the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries that could pave the way for development of the so-called holy grail of electrochemical energy ...
Carbon-based nanomaterials could lower cost of solar energy
When Mike Arnold thinks about solar energy, he thinks big, as in the "more than one-hundred-million-billion watts of sunlight that the Earth continuously bathes in." But he also thinks very, very small, exploring ...
A revolutionary 'nuclear battery' a step closer
(Phys.org) —Experts in nuclear physics at the University of Surrey have helped develop research towards a 'nuclear battery', which could revolutionize the concept of portable power by packing in up to a million times more ...
Graphene to make large scale electricity storage a reality
(Phys.org) —Graphene – the world's thinnest material isolated at The University of Manchester – could make batteries light, durable and suitable for high capacity energy storage from renewable generation.
New research could lead to more efficient electrical energy storage
Lawrence Livermore researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored.
Has consumer capitalism hit a Powerwall?
The enormous amount of press that Tesla received last month over the announcement of its battery storage system – the Powerwall – cannot be put down to just clever marketing. There are so many reasons why it has grab ...
A novel liquid metal battery for grid-level storage
The challenge of selling any new idea is that it has to compete with every other new idea. The process is more difficult when the idea's technology hasn't existed and addresses an issue that some industries ...
Chemists develop new way to make cost-effective material for electricity storage
University of British Columbia researchers have found a new way to make state-of-the-art materials for energy storage using a cheap lamp from the hardware store.