Compliant materials with a strong impact
The recent Empa spin-off Monolitix AG specialises in compliant mechanisms. These are frictionless and wear-free and are also lighter, more hygienic and cheaper than conventional joint mechanisms. They have ...
Producing your own power in post-Fukushima Japan
A remote Toyota plant in northeastern Japan bears few scars from the devastating quake-tsunami more than two years ago that completely shut it down.
Air, water and sun: The ingredients of 'green gasoline'
(Phys.org) —Mimicking a natural process perfected over billions of years to capture solar energy, researchers are creating artificial photosynthetic systems that will turn air and water into transport fuel.
Arizona solar plant achieves six hours after sun goes down
Ivanpah solar plant in California starts energy feed to grid
World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency
German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin announced today that they have achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity ...
Sandia Labs harnessing the sun's energy with tiny particles
Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with partner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are using a falling particle receiver ...
The grid of the future
The outlet in your living room doesn't know a lot—yet. Unaware of whether they are drawing power from wind, solar, gas, or coal plants, the electrical lines that bring us power in many ways still resemble ...
Research determines financial viabililty of solar power plants
Concentrated solar power technology is an emerging, environmentally friendly way to produce electricity.
Report firms up land-use requirements of solar: 1,000 homes would require 32 acres
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on the land use requirements of solar power plants based on actual land-use practices from existing solar facilities.
Technology to suppress the degradation of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules that causes output decline
Atsushi Masuda of Collaborative Research Team and Kohjiro Hara of Collaborative Module-Reliability Research Team, the Research Center for Photovoltaic Technologies of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial ...
More sustainable gas turbines thanks to ut research
The new generation of gas turbines is more reliable, produces less harmful emissions and generates less vibrations and pressure fluctuations. Thanks to the European Limousine Project, in which six different universities (18 ...
Study shows wind and solar plant benefits vary by location
Volcanoes cause climate gas concentrations to vary
Trace gases and aerosols are major factors influencing the climate. With the help of highly complex installations, such as MIPAS on board of the ENVISAT satellite, researchers try to better understand the ...