Energy

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

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Robotic Assembly of Photovoltaic Arrays
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Printable Light Sensors Can See Colors
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using Silicon for Battery Anodes
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Bio-Inspired Wing Design for Small Drones
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Drawing Electronics on Human Skin
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
The response time of kinetic inductance bolometers can be greatly enhanced by electrothermal feedback for devices that are both sensitive and speedy.
The new battery technology could improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
This technology makes it possible to save extensive data in objects such as shirt buttons, water bottles, or the lenses of glasses and then retrieve it years later.
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
This method integrates 3D plasmonic nanoarrays onto stickers that adhere to any surface.
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
A remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of trees in the wind.
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Automotive
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.

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Machine Vision for Industrial Inspection

Upcoming Webinars: Materials

Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

Upcoming Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Vehicle Electrification

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Evolution of SOSA

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

Tech Talks: Medical

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

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Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Here's an Idea: A Bug-Inspired Building Material for Mars

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Modern Industrial Workhorse: PID Controllers

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Woodworking, Simplified: New Software Aids in Design

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