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Issue Archive: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Q&A: Physical Sciences
A new kind of optical concentrator can passively focus the sun onto a photovoltaic cell from any angle to reduce the amount of photovoltaic material needed for a given amount of power generation.
Articles: Energy
A solar thermal device mimics photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide emissions into a clean energy resource.
Special Reports: Automotive
Power Electronics - August 2022

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Briefs: Materials
A simple change to the surface of perovskite removes a barrier to its functionality.
Briefs: Energy
The material remains effective as an energy harvester or sensor at temperatures to well above 572°F.
Briefs: Energy
Scientists have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply.
Briefs: Energy
The device uses a thermoelectric module to generate voltage and current from the temperature gradient between the cell and the air.
Briefs: Energy
The design could someday enable a fully decarbonized power grid.
Briefs: Energy
Hydrogen has emerged as an important carrier to store energy generated by renewable resources, as a substitute for fossil fuels used for transportation, in the production of ammonia, and for other industrial applications.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

In a paper published in American Chemical Society’s ACS Photonics, a University of Surrey team detailed how they used characteristics of sunlight to design a disordered honeycomb layer...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Dropped by a drone, the battery-free devices hover 100 meters in the air.
Blog: Energy
An MIT team has a water-free way to charge up dust on solar panels and repel it away.
Q&A: Energy
An inexpensive, clear coating has reduced snow and ice accumulation on solar panels, enabling them to generate up to 85% more energy in early testing.
Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
Michigan engineers and collaborators are improving smart infrastructure, autonomous transportation, weather prediction, nuclear non-proliferation, and more.
Briefs: Materials
This process could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Applications include power and energy, communications, and sensors.
Briefs: Energy
A new catalyst and microchannel reactors improve efficiency and cost of the process.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of the trees in the wind.
Briefs: Energy
Carbon nanotubes are used to create solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery generates, stores, and redelivers renewable electricity from the Sun in one device.
Briefs: Materials
Fano Resonance Optical Coatings can both transmit and reflect the same color simultaneously.
Briefs: Energy
The sulfolane-additive process yields easy fabrication, low cost, and long operating life.

A newly completed solar microgrid system near Greensburg, Indiana, in Decatur County, is expected to generate enough emissions-free clean energy to offset nearly 4000...


Using ultrabright X-rays from the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, a team of researchers led by Rice University has determined that sunlight itself can improve the efficiency of 2D...


The aging energy grid is being pushed to the breaking point. Power outages from extreme weather alone cost anywhere from $2 billion to $77 billion per year. And some isolated communities still rely...

Application Briefs: Propulsion
The power and propulsion element of NASA’s Gateway is a high-power, 50-kilowatt solar electric propulsion spacecraft.
5 Ws: Materials
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
Briefs: Energy
Polymer cores redirect light from any source to solar cells.