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Molten Silicon Offers Unprecedented Solar Energy Storage
10/14/2016  13 comments
The most abundant element in the Earth's crust can store up to 10 times more solar energy than existing solutions, and is uniquely suited for urban areas.
'Edible' Electronics Can Be Powered by Melanin
10/7/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that melanin is a viable basis for bio-batteries to power a new class of edible medical devices.
‘Typhoon Turbine’ Unbreakable in Japan’s Powerful Storms
10/6/2016  3 comments
A Japanese researcher has built a wind turbine he claims can withstand even the strongest typhoons to harvest the powerful potential for wind energy
Greener Solar Cell Developed Using Common Food Additive
10/5/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a plastic solar cell that replaces toxic halogen solvents with a common food additive to create a more environmentally friendly cell
Snails Inspire Faster-Acting Insulin for Diabetic Patients
10/5/2016  Post a comment
University of Utah researchers have discovered that the structure of an insulin molecule produced by cone snails could help develop faster-acting therapeutic insulin for diabetic patients
Bubble Wrap, Sponge Work Together to Clean Your Water
10/4/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT have designed a bubble-wrapped sponge that uses sunlight to boil water and create steam for potential use in water treatment/desalination.
Device Turns Body Heat Into Energy to Power Wearables
10/3/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics.
DoE Creates Thermal Storage System for Nighttime Solar Use
9/28/2016  2 comments
The Department of Energy has developed a new thermal-energy storage system for solar energy so it can be used at night.
Fabric Harvests Solar, Motion Energy to Power Wearables, Textiles
9/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.
DoE Launches $30M Effort to Develop Solar Modules
9/26/2016  4 comments
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
Designer, Chemist Team Up to Develop Fabric with Interwoven Solar Panels
9/23/2016  Post a comment
A fabric designer and chemical engineer have teamed up to design fabric woven with solar panels for the future of wearable, autonomously powered technology.
Food Waste Eyed as Storage for Alternative Energy
9/22/2016  Post a comment
A team at Eindhoven University of Technology has devised a way to combine food waste and nanotechnology for an alternative-energy storage system.
Fish Scales Used to Create Bio-Inspired Energy Harvester for Medtech
9/21/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in India have devised a way to use fish scales to develop a piezoelectric-based energy harvester that could potentially power medical and other small electronic devices.
SeaCharger Vessel Crosses Pacific Solely on Solar Power
9/16/2016  6 comments
An autonomous seacraft has become the first unmanned surface vehicle to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii solely on solar power.
German Startup Crowdfunds Solar-Powered Car
9/15/2016  19 comments
A German company has crowdfunded a new EV that uses solar power for charging during the day.
Eggshell, Bone Used to Develop Eco-Friendly Construction Material
9/14/2016  1 comment
A researcher at Cambridge University is working to develop construction material that emulates bone and eggshells in an effort to find more environmentally friendly ways to develop buildings for the cities of the future.
Solar Cell Uses New Materials to Harvest Energy from More of the Spectrum
9/13/2016  Post a comment
A cross-disciplinary team from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Technology have taken a layered-material approach to developing a solar cell that can harvest energy from different parts of the solar spectrum.
New Polymers Pave the Way for Innovation in Solar, Medical Fields
9/12/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT and Singapore University have developed shape-memory polymers that can spring back to their natural shapes even after being drastically bent and twisted.
Radio Technology Lets Wearables Piggyback on Power from Larger Devices
9/9/2016  Post a comment
New radio technology from researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst allows low-power devices to run by piggybacking on power from larger devices
Hybrid Solar-Energy Harvester Aims for 50% Efficiency
9/8/2016  3 comments
A research team from Purdue University has created a hybrid system that harvests light and heat from the sun and uses steam to create energy.
Mushrooms Make a Non-Toxic, Next-Gen Building Material
8/12/2016  2 comments
Faced with looming EPA regulations, manufacturers are turning to mycelium, a mushroom-based material, as a new, eco-friendly adhesive.
Inkjet Printer Produces Decorative Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Finland have for the first time used an inkjet printer to print a dye-sensitized solar cell, paving the way for the creation of new gadgets, decorative objects, and even photographs that can harvest solar energy.
Novel Solar Cell Uses Sun to Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Burnable Fuel
8/5/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel.
Researchers Advance Efforts to Harvest Energy From RF Signals
8/4/2016  4 comments
A team of researchers from The Australian National University has made a breakthrough in efforts to power sensors using energy harvested from signals emitted by television and cellular transmissions, such as those from mobile base stations.
Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy
8/3/2016  6 comments
Researchers in Switzerland have devised an osmotic power-generation system using two types of water and a nano-scale membrane.
Spiders Inspire Stronger Materials That Manipulate Sound, Heat
8/2/2016  Post a comment
Researchers are taking inspiration from how spider silk transmits sound to inspire stronger materials that manipulate both sound and heat.
Synthetic, 'Smart' Cells Can Remember, Respond to Events
8/1/2016  Post a comment
In a step forward for synthetic biology, researchers at MIT have programmed cells that can remember and respond to a series of events. The work allows for the engineering of cells within the human body that can sense disease and respond appropriately, as well as other next-generation medical applications.
Team Uncovers Way to Turn Carbon Monoxide Waste Into Biofuel
8/1/2016  Post a comment
Biological engineers at Cornell University have developed a way to make the biofuel ethanol through a fermentation process using carbon monoxide.
Graphene Used in Simple, Cheap Process to Make Dirty Water Potable
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to use graphene to cheaply and easily turn dirty water into drinking water.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
7/28/2016  5 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Fabrication Simplified for Medical Microrobots
7/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
3D Printing Helps Scale Nano-Materials in Unprecedented Way
7/27/2016  Post a comment
Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved the ability to scale nanotechnology for the development of super-strong, lightweight metal materials.
Vitamin B-Inspired Molecules Form Basis for Alt-Energy Storage
7/27/2016  Post a comment
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
7/26/2016  5 comments
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxins from Oceans
7/26/2016  2 comments
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
'Smart,' Sensor-Infused Thread Can Gather Diagnostic Data from Human Tissue
7/22/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
Nature's Way to Relieve Stress Inspires Designs for Nearly Indestructible Bridges
7/21/2016  5 comments
An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
Movement of Bacteria Used to Build Microscopic Wind Farm
7/21/2016  Post a comment
Recent wind-energy research has set its sights on scaling up, with the development of some of the largest-ever wind turbine technology to take advantage of this type of energy on a grand scale.
Users Are Bored with Wearables Due to Lack of Accuracy
7/20/2016  6 comments
Design flaws like lack of accurate information are causing early adopters of wearables to abandon the technology.
SolarSkin Gives Residential Rooftop Solar Panels a More Attractive Look
7/19/2016  Post a comment
A company called Sistine Solar makes rooftop solar installations more attractive with the design of solar panels that blend into their environment.
Nanogenerator Powers Implantable Heart Monitor in Live Animal
7/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have demonstrated an implantable triboelectric nanogenerator (iTENG) for biomechanical energy harvesting in a living adult swine.
Coconuts Inspire Materials to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings
7/15/2016  Post a comment
A German researcher is using the strength of coconut shells as inspiration for the design of concrete for earthquake-proof buildings.
Nanosculptures Can Create Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
7/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists now have a key to working with liquid metals to create nanosculptures they said could create longer-lasting battery electrodes as well as improve other energy-related applications.
Cyborg Bot Uses Rat Heart-Muscle Cells for Actuation
7/15/2016  Post a comment
A Harvard researcher has designed a bio-inspired swimming robot that uses rat cells for movement.
Mimicking Rose Petals Could Create a Better Solar Panel
7/14/2016  1 comment
Researchers in Germany have emulated the epidermis of a rose petal in a transparent layer and integrated it into a solar cell to make it more efficient.
SmartFlower Makes Solar Energy Easy in All-In-One System
7/13/2016  3 comments
SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar power system that can store, harvest, and generate solar power.
WaterCube Creates Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy
7/12/2016  4 comments
A Dutch inventor has invented WaterCube, which creates clean drinking water from the air using solar energy.
Ion ‘Traffic Jams’ Are to Blame for Inefficient Batteries
7/11/2016  2 comments
A newly-discovered phenomenon that explains why batteries lose efficiency has paved the way for better battery architectures and materials in the future.
Companies Unveil World's Longest Wind Turbine Blade
7/8/2016  1 comment
Adwen and LM Wind Power have teamed up to develop the longest wind turbine blade in the world, at 88.4 meters
Mistbox Makes Your AC Sweat Its Way to Better Efficiency
7/7/2016  5 comments
A new smart-home device takes inspiration from human perspiration to help people get more efficiency out of residential air conditioning units
Solar Paper Is Ultra-Thin for Charging on the Go
7/5/2016  Post a comment
As battery researchers work on improving the life of future batteries being developed for mobile devices, others are working on portable ways to charge devices on the go when their power sources go flat.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
Bionic Leaf Uses Photosynthesis-Like Method to Turn Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
6/29/2016  3 comments
A cross-disciplinary team of scientists at Harvard University have invented a bionic leaf that can turn solar energy into fuel.
Nanocavity Paves Way for Thinner Solar Panels, Optoelectronic Devices
6/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
Super-Sized Wind Turbine Can Improve Output While Saving Money
6/27/2016  5 comments
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios
6/24/2016  Post a comment
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
'SkinTrack' Tech Turns Human Arm Into a Smart-Watch Touchpad
6/21/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon university have taken “wearable” technology to the next level with an invention that turns the human arm into a touchpad for smart watches.
Researchers Team Up for Cheaper Solar Energy Battery Storage
6/20/2016  Post a comment
Three UK research entities have teamed up in a partnership to develop sodium-ion cells as a low-cost alternative to lithium-ion batteries for solar energy storage.
Origami Star-Inspired Biobattery Runs on Wastewater
6/17/2016  2 comments
Engineers have developed a biobattery in an origami ninja star-like design that runs using just a few drops of water.
Mantis Shrimp Inspire Next-Gen, Super-Strong Composites
6/15/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have identified a unique structure in the mantis shrimp's dactyl club that can inform the design of stronger materials.
New Energy-Carrying Particles Help Advance Solar-Cell Development
6/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists have designed new energy-carrying particles that improve the way electrons are transported and could be used to develop new types of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry.
The DoE's Quest to Improve Solar Cells
6/13/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed new techniques that could help them identify performance flaws in materials that form solar-energy-harvesting cells, leading to performance improvements in new cells.
Powering Smart Cities With Wind and Solar Energy
6/10/2016  Post a comment
As researchers work on advancements in technologies that harvest solar and wind energy, others are working on technology that can do both.
Bones & Seashells Inspire Sustainable Design for Concrete
6/9/2016  1 comment
Biomimicry is a popular research method these days, in particular in the quest for more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Researchers at MIT are among the latest to use biomimicry in this endeavor, with a new biologically inspired design of the world’s most common building material -- concrete.
Breaking New Ground in the Treatment & Prevention of Disease
6/8/2016  1 comment
The development of nanotechnology for the treatment and prevention of disease has evolved in leaps and bounds in recent years, with breakthroughs in treating cancer, heart disease, and superbugs among some of the forefront of research.
Solar-Energy Conversion Goes Through the Roof
6/8/2016  Post a comment
MIT researchers have demonstrated a device that leverages thermophotovoltaics to break through the predicted ceiling for solar-cell conversion.
Perovskite Solar Cells Are Just About Ready for Prime Time
6/7/2016  1 comment
Thin-film solar cells made of perovskite are poised to move from the lab to the commercial market in the next three years, according to a recent report by Lux Research.
Flow Battery for Renewable Storage Is Simple and Cheap
6/6/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT have developed one of the first liquid-flow batteries that reduces the cost and simplicity of the typical design.
Soft Robotic Actuators Inspired by Human Muscle
6/2/2016  1 comment
Researchers at Harvard University have developed soft robotic actuators inspired by human muscle.
Harvesting Energy in the Dark for Future Solar Technology
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Collaborating researchers in Australia and the United States have discovered nanotechnology for thermophotovoltaic cells that could boost solar-energy harvesting.
Hybrid Energy Harvester Eyed for Solar Cells Captures More of Light Spectrum
5/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
10 Military Robots of the Future
5/26/2016  1 comment
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
Band-Aid-Like Battery Pack Aimed at Wearables
5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
Li-Ion Components for High-Temperature Aerospace, Industrial Apps
5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a combined electrolyte and separator for lithium-ion batteries that won’t have performance issues or catch fire at high temperatures.
DoE-Backed Startup Puts a Twist on Offshore Wind Energy
5/20/2016  5 comments
Accio Energy has created a novel, turbine-less wind energy technology for offshore systems that uses electro-hydrodynamic charge separation principles.
These Energy-Harvesting Tiles Bank 200 Times More Power
5/19/2016  7 comments
Pavegen has significantly updated its energy-harvesting floor tile technology with improvements in its new V3 offering.
Drayson Takes RF Energy-Harvesting Tech from Lab to Market
5/18/2016  Post a comment
Drayson Technologies has developed technology called Freevolt that harvests radio frequency (RF) energy to power IoT sensors and devices.
Thin-Film Coating Boosts Lithium-Ion Battery Performance
5/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a process of simultaneously “doping” -- or adding an element or compound into a crystalline structure -- and coating lithium magnesium nickel oxygen (LMNO) with iron oxide using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique.
'Second Skin' Polymer Can Fight Wrinkles, Deliver Treatment
5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have developed a new polymer that’s like a “second skin” for wrinkle treatment or medical delivery
Secrets of Squid Could Bring Environment-Sensing Materials
5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have identified the pigments on the skin of squid and other cephalopods, work that could affect future development of materials.
Self-Healing Material Could Be Health Tech Breakthrough
5/12/2016  Post a comment
A new ultra-stretchy, self-healing material developed by researchers at Stanford University could be a breakthrough for artificial muscle technology.
Paper-Like Battery Electrode Aims at Space Exploration, Aero
5/12/2016  Post a comment
A novel paper-like battery electrode made out of silicon oxycarbide glass and graphene could meet the specific needs of aerospace applications, such as those used in space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles
Researchers Create Better Way to Boil Water, Controlling Bubbles
5/11/2016  Post a comment
University engineers have discovered a way to induce and control the formation of boiling-water bubbles, which could benefit electronics, as well as have applications in advanced lasers, radars, and solar energy.
Smart Printed Sensors Aim at Movement-Monitoring Wearables
5/10/2016  Post a comment
A transparent sensor material that can be printed with simple manufacturing aims to offer a cost-effective way to mass produce wearables.
Nanowires Boost Solar Panel Efficiency to Record Levels
5/10/2016  Post a comment
A Swedish startup is developing nanowire thin-film technology it said can boost solar-panel efficiency to record levels.
Don't Just Drink Your Tea ... Wear it!
5/6/2016  Post a comment
A researcher at the Iowa State University has developed biodegradable fabric from a byproduct of kombucha tea that is similar to leather and can be used to create textiles.
Offshore Power ... It's Not Just for Oil Rigs Anymore
5/5/2016  3 comments
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
Battery-Free IoT Computing Platform Draws Energy from Air
5/5/2016  Post a comment
Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.
This Mini Solid-State Battery Powers IoT Sensors, Devices
5/3/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based company called Ilika has developed a miniature solid-state battery to power the IoT.
Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
5/2/2016  1 comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
Consortium to Design, Build Integrated Photovoltaic Windows
5/2/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based consortium comprised of the Centre for Process Innovation, Merck, and Polysolar are working on a design for integrated photovoltaic windows.
Harvesting Energy from Swaying Buildings
4/29/2016  3 comments
A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.
Microbial Battery Eyed as Viable Storage for Renewables
4/27/2016  1 comment
Researchers in The Netherlands have developed a microbial-based battery they said could provide environmentally friendly and cost-effective storage for renewable energy.
Researcher Accidentally Develops Way to Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
4/26/2016  3 comments
Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
Researchers Tap Wood, Not Glass, for Solar Panels
4/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers in Sweden have developed a way to use wood as the transparent material in solar panels.
Biobots Powered by Muscle Cells See, Follow Light
4/25/2016  Post a comment
A biobot developed by researchers at the University of Illinois has an infrastructure of human muscle cells that can sense and follow light.
Photosynthesis Inspires New Method for Renewable Energy Storage
4/20/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Canada have made a breakthrough in the chemical process of storing energy, paving the way for more viable options for storing alternative energy sources on a larger scale.
Solar Cell Turns Raindrops Into Energy
4/19/2016  Post a comment
Chinese engineers have developed a solar panel that can harvest energy not only from the sun but also from raindrops. Researchers in Qingdao, China, achieved this by adding a layer of graphene over a dye-sensitized solar cell to react with compounds in rainwater to produce an electrical charge.

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