Energy

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

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.
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.

Rectennas convert electromagnetic fields at optical frequencies directly to electrical current. Optical rectennas operate by coupling light’s electromagnetic field to an...

The material could help protect both civilian and military personnel in earthquakes.
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitor Based on Manganese Oxide
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Generating Renewable Hydrogen Fuel from the Sea
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Lithium Metal Battery Allows Cold Charging
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.
The chip could provide low-voltage power for small devices or sensors.
This device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, and other portable electronics.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
The device enables ultra-fast wireless communications at low cost.
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.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Sunlight Converts Emissions into Useful Materials
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: Semiconductors & ICs
Using Silicon for Battery Anodes
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
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.

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