Boost for Energy Storage Systems
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power, Smart Grid on Monday, 12 September 2011
Batteries could get an upgrade from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovery that increases power, energy density, and safety while reducing charge time. The results could also have significance for applications in stationary energy storage systems for solar and wind power, and for smart grids.
Human Gait to Power Portable Electronics
Posted in Pollution, News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Renewable Energy on Friday, 26 August 2011
Engineering researchers Tom Krupenkin and J. Ashley Taylor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new energy-harvesting technology that could reduce our dependence on batteries and instead capture the energy of human motion to power portable electronics.
New Supercapacitor Offers Robust, Versatile Energy Storage
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage on Monday, 22 August 2011
Rice University researchers have created a solid-state, nanotube-based supercapacitor that combines the best qualities of high-energy batteries and fast-charging capacitors in a device suitable for extreme environments. Potential uses span on-chip nanocircuitry to entire power plants.
Hybrid Solar System For Rooftop Hydrogen
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Alternative Fuels on Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Instead of systems based on standard solar panels, Duke University engineer Nico Hotz proposes a hybrid option in which sunlight heats a combination of water and methanol in a maze of glass tubes on a rooftop. After two catalytic reactions, the system produces hydrogen that can be stored and used on demand in fuel cells.
Solar Battery Charger
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar Power on Friday, 12 August 2011
Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduces the bq24210, a Li-ion linear charger targeted at space-limited portable applications. The high input voltage range with input over-voltage protection supports low-cost unregulated adapters.
Making Durable Synthetic Catalysts for Energy Storage
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power, Alternative Fuels on Thursday, 11 August 2011
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers have used a common protein to guide the design of a material that can make hydrogen gas. The synthetic material works ten times faster than the original protein found in water-dwelling microbes - clocking in at 100,000 molecules of hydrogen gas every second.
Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Alternative Fuels on Thursday, 30 June 2011
A team of students from Virginia Tech University won EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol). Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition.

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