Researchers generate pressurised 'supercritical' steam, at the highest temperatures ever achieved using solar energy
(Phys.org) —Supercritical steam is a breakthrough for solar energy and means that one day the sun could be used to drive the most advanced power stations in the world, currently only driven by coal or gas.
New super waterproof surfaces cause water to bounce like a ball
(Phys.org) —In a basement lab on BYU's campus, mechanical engineering professor Julie Crockett analyzes water as it bounces like a ball and rolls down a ramp.
'Home-made' electricity creating buzz in Germany
Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany's southern city of Freiburg—"cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection".
AMD reveals plans for 25x efficiency gains by 2020
Physicists propose a device to capture energy from Earth's infrared emissions to outer space
(Phys.org) —When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night? A battery, perhaps, or an old diesel generator? Perhaps something ...
Nanomolecular origami boxes hold big promise for energy storage
(Phys.org) —If you think your origami skills can't be beat – try this: (1) use the world's thinnest material, (2) make the origami fold and unfold itself, and (3) pack into your miniscule origami box ...
High-flying turbine produces more power
For Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT, the sky's the limit when it comes to wind power.
Researchers build world's most powerful terahertz laser chip
(Phys.org) —University of Leeds researchers have taken the lead in the race to build the world's most powerful terahertz laser chip.
Flexible battery, no lithium required
(Phys.org) —A Rice University laboratory has flexible, portable and wearable electronics in its sights with the creation of a thin film for energy storage.
Improved supercapacitors for super batteries, electric vehicles
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a novel nanometer scale ruthenium oxide anchored nanocarbon graphene foam architecture that improves the performance of supercapacitors, ...
Converting waste heat into electricity
Bruce White worked with semiconductors and transistors at Motorola and Texas Instruments. But when he left industry for a position on Binghamton University's faculty, the materials scientist decided to take ...
Switchable material could harness the power of the sun—even when it's not shining
It's an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn't shine.