Keyword: Solar energy

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Briefs: Energy
Wireless power transfer was recently demonstrated by MAPLE — Microwave Array for Power-transfer Low-orbit Experiment — one of three key technologies being tested by the Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD-1), the first space-borne prototype from Caltech’s Space Solar Power Project (SSPP), which aims to harvest solar power in space and transmit it to the Earth’s surface.
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Briefs: Energy
A highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery generates, stores, and redelivers renewable electricity from the Sun in one device.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A team has installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size so that they can walk autonomously.
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Application Briefs: Aerospace
To open the Moon to continuous multi-year human and robotic operation, Astrobotic is developing LunaGrid™ — a commercial power system for the surface of the Moon.
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5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
Researchers at University of Cambridge have developed floating “artificial leaves” that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have designed a novel building-solar controller that optimizes solar energy with smart technology to keep microgrids operating for up to five days.
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Briefs: AR/AI
The system makes it possible to integrate data from prior experiments, and information based on personal observations by experienced workers, into the machine learning process.
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Briefs: Design
Over the course of their research, the team discovered that these anthraquinones decompose slowly over time, regardless of how many times the battery has been used.
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Articles: Energy
A solar thermal device mimics photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide emissions into a clean energy resource.
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Briefs: Energy
A simple change to the surface of perovskite removes a barrier to its functionality.
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Briefs: Energy
The device uses a thermoelectric module to generate voltage and current from the temperature gradient between the cell and the air.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is leading the development of new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery designs specific to the stationary storage requirements.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Carbon nanotubes are used to create solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery generates, stores, and redelivers renewable electricity from the Sun in one device.
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Briefs: Energy
The sulfolane-additive process yields easy fabrication, low cost, and long operating life.
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Application Briefs: Propulsion
The power and propulsion element of NASA’s Gateway is a high-power, 50-kilowatt solar electric propulsion spacecraft.
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Briefs: Lighting
Polymer cores redirect light from any source to solar cells.
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Briefs: Energy
The windows reduce the need for air conditioning and simultaneously generate electricity.
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Articles: Electronics & Computers
Metamaterial printing, high-efficiency solar cells, and a noise-reduction material.
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Briefs: Energy
An already ubiquitous material in outdoor photovoltaic modules could be repurposed for indoor devices with low-capacity batteries.
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Briefs: Energy
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
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Briefs: Energy
This invention enables improved carrier mobility for solar cells and other electronic devices.
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Briefs: Materials
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
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Briefs: Materials
The battery is smaller than a traditional lithium-ion battery due to the elimination of dendrites.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
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5 Ws: Energy
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
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Briefs: Materials
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
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Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
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