Identifying Effective Carbon Capture Technologies

Approximately 75 percent of electricity used in the U.S. is produced by coal-burning power plants that expel carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Berkeley Lab researchers are searching for porous materials to filter out the CO2 before it reaches the atmosphere, but identifying these materials is easier said than done.

Posted in: Remediation Technologies, Greenhouse Gases, Materials, Mathematical/Scientific Software, News


Web Tool Analyzes Solar Cell Materials

An online tool developed by MIT researchers called “Impurities to Efficiency” - or I2E - allows companies or researchers exploring alternative manufacturing strategies to plug in descriptions of their planned materials and processing steps. After about one minute of simulation, I2E gives an indication of exactly how efficient the resulting solar cell would be in converting sunlight to electricity.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Software, Simulation Software, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, News, Videos


New Tool Appraises PV Systems

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, in partnership with Jamie Johnson of Solar Power Electric™, have developed PV Value™ - an electronic form to standardize appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations.

Posted in: Software, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, News


Sunflower-Inspired Pattern Increases Concentrated Solar Efficiency

There are only a handful of concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in the world. The technology could potentially generate enough renewable energy to power the entire U.S., provided that land and sunlight are in ample supply. Researchers have now come up with a design that reduces the amount of land required to build a CSP plant, while increasing the amount of sunlight its mirrors collect.

Posted in: Software, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, News


Atlas Maps Renewable Energy Resources

A new geospatial application developed by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) allows users to map potential renewable energy resources in the United States. The interactive tool is called RE Atlas, and is free to use and available online.

Posted in: Software, Biomass, Geothermal Power, Solar Power, Wind Power, Renewable Energy, Hydroelectric Power, News


A Search Engine for Clean Energy Materials

For everything from batteries to photovoltaics, new materials are crucial to building a clean energy economy. To speed up the development cycle, Berkeley Lab and MIT researchers have teamed up to develop a new tool - called the Materials Project - which launches this month.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Materials, Software, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Thermoelectrics, Energy, News, GDM


Manager's Guide to Productivity Gains with Multiphysics Simulation Part II: Speed Innovation & Reduce Costs

Discover how companies have saved time and money, and brought new products to market faster, by adopting COMSOL Multiphysics and simulation-led design. For example, learn how B&C Speakers used modeling to develop a novel acoustic lens and dramatically shortened the time needed to find the best design. In the medical industry, Continuum Blue was able to pinpoint a manufacturing problem using simulation, enabling them to bring a new implant to clinical trials. In the auto industry, General Motors used COMSOL to model advanced materials for their green automobiles, and Metelli saved design time and cost of producing auto parts. Learn how NASA is using simulation to save time and resources in developing equipment to extract water trapped below the moon's surface. Back on Earth, multiphysics modeling has helped Osram Sylvania develop energy-saving lamps. Also read how COMSOL helped Procter & Gamble save time and money in manufacturing and shipping household products.

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