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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.
INSIDER: Energy

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...

INSIDER: Energy

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...

INSIDER: Energy

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.

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