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The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.

The pursuit of fusion as a safe, carbon-free, always-on energy source has intensified in recent years, with a number of organizations pursuing aggressive...

The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
Just like smartphones, the same trend of combining separate components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers working to maximize solar panel efficiency said layering advanced materials atop traditional silicon is a promising path to eke...

RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
A new process can turn bulk quantities of just about any carbon source into valuable graphene flakes.
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Terahertz Receiver for 6G Wireless Communications
The device enables ultra-fast wireless communications at low cost.
Application Briefs: Communications
Wave Energy Modeling for Safer Space Travel
What does wave energy have to do with space exploration? Plenty, it turns out.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Indoor Light Someday Power Our Smart Devices?

Our lead INSIDER story today looks at “perovskite-inspired” materials that can absorb indoor light at higher efficiencies than ever before.

A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

The soil microbial fuel cells produce energy to filter enough water for a person’s daily needs, with potential to increase scale.
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: Green Design & Manufacturing
Sunlight Converts Emissions into Useful Materials
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
On-Demand Webinars: Energy
How to Achieve Alternative Fuel ROI in Less Than 5 Years

This 30-minute Webinar examines how adsorbed natural gas (ANG) can bring operational benefits for fleets and pay for itself in less than five years. ANG is specifically suited to light-duty fleets and offers a simple, alternative fueling solution that costs a fraction of a...

Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.
A new composite from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.

Almost all satellites are powered by solar cells – but solar cells are heavy. While conventional high-performance cells reach up to three watts of electricity per gram,...

Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
A new system from Oak Ridge National Laboratory enables electric vehicles to be charged while on the road.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Nanotechnology Repairs Engine Damage in Cars
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
“Racetrack Memory” Digital Data Storage
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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