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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.

Latest Briefs & News

Question of the Week: Energy
Will ‘Sweat Power’ Make Wearables Mainstream?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it. (Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.)

Question of the Week: Energy
Will Better Sensors Lead to Greater Adoption of Hydrogen Power?

One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for spotting hydrogen leaks. A sensor, featured in the June issue of Sensor Technology, has a greater sensitivity than other detectors.

Blog: Photonics/Optics
Researchers from CU Boulder gave their optical "rectennas" a ghost-like way to turn wasted heat into power.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Energy
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Briefs: Energy
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
Briefs: Energy
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
INSIDER: Design

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

INSIDER: Wearables

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

Briefs: Energy
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
INSIDER: Design

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...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Articles: Energy
A new process can turn bulk quantities of just about any carbon source into valuable graphene flakes.
Blog: Energy
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
Briefs: Energy
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Energy
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
Facility Focus: Automotive
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

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

Q&A: Transportation
A new system from Oak Ridge National Laboratory enables electric vehicles to be charged while on the road.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
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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INSIDER: Materials

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...

Blog: Energy
"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...

Briefs: Energy
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.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.

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