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Find the latest technologies and applications being used in alternative fuels that impact design engineering in the commercial and government, aviation, and automotive sectors.

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Blog: Materials
Researchers have developed a battery that uses hemoglobin as an electrochemical reaction facilitator, functioning for around 20-30 days.
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Briefs: Energy
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are researching solutions to these Li-ion battery issues by testing new materials in battery construction. One such material is sulfur.
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Briefs: Materials
An international research collaboration led by UCLA has developed a way to use perovskite in solar cells while protecting it from the conditions that cause it to deteriorate.
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Briefs: Energy
Researchers at Texas A&M University have discovered a 1,000 percent difference in the storage capacity of metal-free, water-based battery electrodes.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Researchers have been exploring how to turbocharge a passive cooling technique — known as radiative or sky cooling — with sun-blocking nanomaterials that emit heat away from building rooftops.
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Blog: Energy
The oxygen-ion battery can be extremely durable, does not require rare elements, and thwarts fire hazards.
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Briefs: Energy
The commercially relevant approach opens a potential pathway to improve charging speeds for electric vehicles.
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Briefs: Energy
Scientists created a zinc battery with a biodegradable electrolyte from an unexpected source — crab shells.
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Briefs: Materials
An international research collaboration led by UCLA has developed a way to use perovskite in solar cells while protecting it from the conditions that cause it to deteriorate.
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Briefs: Energy
Sodium-Ion Battery Anode for Energy Storage
The high cost and limited supply of lithium necessitate the development of alternative energy storage systems.
Briefs: Design
The invention consists of several NTAC layers arranged in a radially concentric series separated by a vacuum gap space.
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Briefs: Energy
NASA’s System-Wide Safety (SWS) project is developing innovative data solutions to assure safe, rapid, and repeatable access to a transformed National Airspace System.
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Briefs: Materials
Manufacturing on Mars with 3D Printing
High-Martian content materials would be useful in making coatings to protect equipment from rust or radiation damage.
Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
Scientists say that such oil-rich duckweed could easily be harvested to produce biofuels or other bioproducts.
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Articles: Power
Research and development work continue to deliver cleaner, more efficient, and more diverse ways of generating the energy we need to power modern society.
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Articles: Medical
Betterfrost’s solution defrosts and defogs electric vehicles’ windshields with 20 times less power than current technology and extends the range of an EV by 38 km on an average commute in winter.
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Blog: Energy
Engineers have created new high-power electronic devices that are more energy efficient than their predecessors.
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Briefs: Power
The biofilm has the potential to revolutionize the world of wearable electronics, powering everything from personal medical sensors to personal electronics.
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Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
A new, highly sensitive system for detecting the production of hydrogen gas may play an important role in the quest to develop hydrogen as an environmentally friendly and economical alternative to fossil fuels.
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Briefs: Power
An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.
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Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
A solar thermal device mimics photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide emissions into a clean energy resource.
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Briefs: Energy
Have we found a better alternative to lithium-ion batteries?
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Briefs: Energy
Additional applications include defogging/defrosting, wearable devices, industrial heat systems, sensors, thermochromic displays, and microfluidic chips.
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Briefs: Energy
Scientists have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The design could someday enable a fully decarbonized power grid.
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Briefs: Energy
A highly sensitive system for detecting the production of hydrogen gas can foster the development of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels.
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Briefs: Energy
Hydrogen has emerged as an important carrier to store energy generated by renewable resources, as a substitute for fossil fuels used for transportation, in the production of ammonia, and for other industrial applications.
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Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
Aviation is emerging aggressively from the pandemic to turn setbacks into comebacks.
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