Physicists find enhanced fluctuations in nanomagnets
NYU physicists have discovered that nanomagnets—a billionth of a meter in size—with a preferred up or down magnetization are sensitive to heating or cooling, more than expected.
Clay key to high-temperature supercapacitors
Clay, an abundant and cheap natural material, is a key ingredient in a supercapacitor that can operate at very high temperatures, according to Rice University researchers who have developed such a device.
NREL quantifies significant value in concentrating solar power
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid.
Research uses mirrors to make solar energy cost competitive
If the current national challenge to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of this decade is met, Ranga Pitchumani, the John R. Jones III Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia ...
Concentrated solar power with thermal energy storage can help utilities' bottom line, study shows
(Phys.org)—The storage capacity of concentrating solar power (CSP) can add significant value to a utility company's optimal mix of energy sources, a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy ...
Effective thermal energy storage system: Concrete layer in tanks will increase safety and production, cut costs
(Phys.org)—Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a thermal energy storage system that will work as a viable alternative to current methods used for storing energy collected ...
Compact and flexible thermal storage
Biogas plants, combined heat and power plants don't just generate electricity, they also produce heat. However, unlike the electricity they yield, the heat generally dissipates unused. A new technology is ...
Clemson engineers to create model underground energy-storage facility
With a new twist on an old idea, two Clemson University environmental engineers are developing ways to store "waste" energy underground to cut heating and cooling costs and reduce carbon emissions.
Researchers study salt's potential to store energy
(PhysOrg.com) -- When the wind blows, it blows — sometimes to a fault. The same is true for the sun: It can beat down relentlessly, scorching everything — and everyone-beneath its intense rays.