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Browse key developments, news, and technical briefs for renewable energy sectors. Design engineers will discover insights to the advantages and integration of renewable power technologies.

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The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.

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.
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
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.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Laser Spark Distribution and Ignition System
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have created next-generation solar modules with high efficiency and good...

A new system from Oak Ridge National Laboratory enables electric vehicles to be charged while on the road.
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Ever See Humidity Panels Alongside Solar Panels?

Our lead INSIDER story featured an experiment from Tel Aviv University that supports the idea of water vapor as an alternative energy source.

What do you think? Will We Ever See Humidity Panels Alongside Solar Panels?

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Although perovskites are a promising alternative to silicon for solar cells, new manufacturing processes are needed to make them practical for commercial production. To help...

"Who knows? Maybe one day we will have roofs covered with humidity panels together with solar panels," TAU professor Colin Price told Tech Briefs.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will On-Demand Octane Improve Fuel Economy?

A video on Tech Briefs TV this month demonstrated a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory technology that enables on-demand octane by portioning ethanol from gasoline. PNNL researchers believe their invention could increase fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Do you agree? Watch the video...

This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
'Artificial Leaf' Produces Clean Gas
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method Turns Trash Into Graphene
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Q&A: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Q&A: Simple Solar-Powered Desalination
Lenan Zhang and his team at MIT developed a small, economical, highly efficient device to provide fresh drinking water using only the Sun for its energy input.
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Maximizing Safety in Advanced Battery Systems
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.

Materials called perovskites show strong potential for a new generation of solar cells, but they’ve had trouble gaining traction in a market dominated by...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Ever Recharge Electric Batteries As Quickly As We Get Gas?

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning-based method that cuts battery testing times by 98 percent. The team says that their A.I. technique could lead to a future where an electric battery is recharged in the time it takes to stop at a gas station. Watch...

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