Energy

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

Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
Briefs: Materials
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Energy
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Briefs: Transportation
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Briefs: Energy
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
Briefs: Aerospace
The response time of kinetic inductance bolometers can be greatly enhanced by electrothermal feedback for devices that are both sensitive and speedy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The new battery technology could improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Briefs: Materials
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.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technique could enable the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and robots.
Briefs: Internet of Things
This method integrates 3D plasmonic nanoarrays onto stickers that adhere to any surface.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
A remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of trees in the wind.
Briefs: Energy
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Briefs: Materials
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Briefs: Materials
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Materials
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Energy
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
This technology offers the possibility to both bolster computer power and create smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient computer memory technologies.

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