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Renewable Energy

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.

INSIDER: Energy

Molten sodium batteries have been used for many years to store energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines. However, commercially available molten sodium-sulfur...

INSIDER: Energy

If we are to transition to a world powered by renewable energy, efficient long-distance transport of electricity is essential, since the supply — renewable...

Facility Focus: RF & Microwave Electronics
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Energy
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
Question of the Week: Wearables
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.)

Briefs: Energy
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
Briefs: Energy
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
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.

INSIDER: Energy

A sustainable, powerful micro-supercapacitor may be on the horizon. Until now, these high-capacity, fast-charging energy storage devices have been limited by the...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Energy

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
Researchers from CU Boulder gave their optical "rectennas" a ghost-like way to turn wasted heat into power.
Briefs: Aerospace
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Propulsion
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: Energy
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
Briefs: Energy
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
INSIDER: Materials

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: Design

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: Materials
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: Green Design & Manufacturing
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.
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