Energy

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

Briefs: Transportation
Synapse-Like Phototransistor
The technology could help computers process visual information more like the human brain.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Medium Entropy Alloy
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
Bioinspired cellulose nanofibrils can be controlled by electricity.
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cobalt-Free Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Nanostructured Alloy for Battery Anodes
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Briefs: Materials
Turning Diamond into Metal
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitors for Wearable Devices
These robust supercapacitors still work when stretched to eight times their original size.
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Applications include spectroscopy and LiDAR.
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Printing Technology for Waterproof E-Textiles
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Adding polymers and fireproofing to a battery’s current collectors makes it lighter, safer, and about 20% more efficient.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Design Enables Safe Storage of Lithium Ions
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
A newly developed architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.
The improved rectennas could operate low-power devices such as temperature sensors.
The material could help protect both civilian and military personnel in earthquakes.

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