Keyword: On-board energy sources

Briefs: Aerospace
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Energy
This fuel cell could power a variety of transportation modes such as unmanned underwater vehicles, drones, and eventually electric aircraft.
Briefs: Energy
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Briefs: Energy
The tough circuits could withstand the grueling demands of energy production, space exploration, and more.
Briefs: Energy
This technology can be used for large production volumes such as fuel-cell-powered vehicles.
Briefs: Materials
High-quality coated components can be integrated into complex systems in a sustainable way.
Briefs: Energy
By introducing defects to a common material, a highly efficient capacitor offers dramatically increased energy density.
Briefs: Materials
The coating repels insects on aircraft wing surfaces and motor vehicles and reduces surface imperfections on other low-friction or non-stick surfaces.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
A NASA-developed technology for testing heat shields transforms garbage into reusable chemicals.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Briefs: Energy
Injection of air at the trailing edge of a winglet further reduces drag.
Briefs: Energy
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Recent advances could make it feasible to deploy networks of methane sensors to detect this greenhouse gas at large facilities.
Briefs: Propulsion
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Energy
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Energy
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
Briefs: Energy
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
Briefs: Software
A new machine learning algorithm could make smartphones charge faster and increase the time between charges for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Energy
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Briefs: Materials
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In the operating room, you can produce bioresorbable metal implants, such as screws for bone fractures.
Briefs: Transportation
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Briefs: Energy
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
Briefs: Software
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Briefs: Energy
The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These barrier coatings protect high-performance components in extreme environments.