Energy

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on energy, from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Ultrasonic System to Assess Compartment Syndrome
Applications include emergency medicine, combat casualty care, and sports injuries.
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape Memory Alloy Mechanisms for CubeSats
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
A wearable energy harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Circulating Liquid Stores Energy and Provides Power
This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Printing of Plastics with Electrical Circuits
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
A new method of estimating the optimal trailing aircraft position in a formation increases fuel savings.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery....

A combination of additives shows promise for boosting battery performance in very cold or hot weather.

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