BioSolar announces first sale of BioBacksheet—solar panel part made from cotton and beans
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.
Battery system will be able to light 2,500 homes
One of the largest, most environmentally-friendly, battery-based energy storage systems in the nation will be installed at the University of California, San Diego the campus announced today (Sept. 29).
Stronger black solar coating that retains original color and absorption properties
(Phys.org) —Solar thermal panels developed at EPFL are are dressed up in unique and patented new materials. Researchers created a stronger black coating that retains its original color and thereby its absorption ...
Blackening copper opens new applications
(Phys.org)—Copper is one of the world's most widely used metals. Now researchers at the University of Dundee have found that blackening copper using industry-standard lasers could make it even more adaptable and efficient.
Bio-inspired design may lead to more energy efficient windows
University of Toronto Engineering professor Ben Hatton is turning to nature to find a way to cut down on the energy leaks from windows.
Partnership to build world's largest OTEC plant off China coast
(Phys.org)—In ytterbium nickel phosphide there is a quantum critical point between the ferromagnetic and non-magnetic states that was previously not thought possible.
Team demonstrates new hybrid nanomaterial for power generation
A University of Texas at Arlington physics professor has helped create a hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert light and thermal energy into electrical current, surpassing earlier methods that used either light ...
Planetary 'runaway greenhouse' more easily triggered, research shows
(Phys.org) —It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable "runaway greenhouse" stage, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and ...
Lifelike cooling for sunbaked windows: Adaptable microfluidic circulatory system could cut air-conditioning costs
Sun-drenched rooms make for happy residents, but large glass windows also bring higher air-conditioning bills. Now a bioinspired microfluidic circulatory system for windows developed by researchers at the ...
US, European nuclear and coal-fired electrical plants vulnerable to climate change: study
Warmer water and reduced river flows in the United States and Europe in recent years have led to reduced production, or temporary shutdown, of several thermoelectric power plants. For instance, the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant ...
Bottom-up approach provides first characterization of pyroelectric nanomaterials
By taking a "bottom-up" approach, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have observed for the first time that "size does matter" in regards "pyroelectricity"—the current/voltage developed in response ...
The sun is a star when it comes to sustainable energy
At a national scientific meeting last week where biofuels - principally ethanol - were uniformly trashed as an environmental train wreck, one bright, carbon-free light gleamed in our energy future: the sun.