Energy

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

Briefs: Automotive
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Briefs: Energy
Flywheels offer an environmentally and financially sound choice for protecting critical operations.
Briefs: Energy
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Injection of air at the trailing edge of a winglet further reduces drag.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Materials
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Energy
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Briefs: Energy
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Briefs: Transportation
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Energy
The technology could help computers process visual information more like the human brain.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
Briefs: Materials
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Briefs: Propulsion
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Propulsion
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Propulsion
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Briefs: Power
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Bioinspired cellulose nanofibrils can be controlled by electricity.
Briefs: Energy
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Briefs: Automotive
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Energy
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Energy
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
Briefs: Energy
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These robust supercapacitors still work when stretched to eight times their original size.

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