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Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Use Solar to Power Our Devices Indoors?

Solar or photovoltaic (PV) cells fixed to roofs convert sunlight into electricity. An October Tech Brief highlighted a spin on this traditional idea of solar.

Blog: Energy
A NASA expert explains why the Artemis mission will rely on a fascinating orbit known as the "Gateway."
Blog: Aerospace
A NASA expert explains the big difference between the lunar south pole and the Moon's equator.
Blog: Propulsion
Before human explorers can head to the Moon and beyond, they need to tackle these three important tasks.
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: Power

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

Briefs: Energy
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Briefs: Materials
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Energy
This invention enables improved carrier mobility for solar cells and other electronic devices.
NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
NASA’s need to contain hazardous lunar dust led to technology that senses other pollutants.
Briefs: Propulsion
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Briefs: Materials
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
Briefs: Energy
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
Briefs: Energy
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
Learn about the properties of each capacitor option, and their ideal applications.
5 Ws: Materials
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Learn about the benefits of SWIR imaging, from food inspection to surveillance.
Special Reports: Nanotechnology
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Q&A: Energy
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Briefs: Lighting
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

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

Briefs: Energy
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Q&A: Energy
USC researchers found a way to use idle oil and gas wells for energy storage.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Energy
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Energy
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
INSIDER: Energy

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...

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.

Blog: Electronics & Computers
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.

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