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Browse the latest developments, applications, and technical briefs covering all types of energy storage systems, renewable energy storage methods, and energy accumulators.

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A "self-aware," self-powering material can be used in heart stents, bridges, and even space.
Learn about the properties of each capacitor option, and their ideal applications.
Researchers from CU Boulder gave their optical "rectennas" a ghost-like way to turn wasted heat into power.
Question of the Week: Power
Will 'Zero-Impact' Planes Take Off?

Our May issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a hybrid-electric aircraft design from MIT that, according to its creators, could reduce global nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 95 percent.

This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
Bioinspired cellulose nanofibrils can be controlled by electricity.
As the vehicle platform size decreases, the pulse power discharge rates of the Energy Storage System (ESS) increase.
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Lithium-metal solid-state batteries can provide a safer, more energy-dense alternative to current technology.
Battery analyzers, uninterruptible power supplies, adhesives, and more.
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wireless Charging for Lunar Robots
See how WiBotic — a maker of wireless charging and fleet energy management technologies — is preparing robots for the Moon.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Nanostructured Alloy for Battery Anodes
The alloy could influence the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
Special Reports: Materials
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...

Briefs: Motion Control
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Electricity-Free Cooling
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.
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: Cornell University College of Engineering
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitors for Wearable Devices
These robust supercapacitors still work when stretched to eight times their original size.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
A 'Wearable Microgrid' Powers Your Devices
You have the power. That's the idea behind a "wearable microgrid" from the University of California San Diego that harvest and stores energy from your body to power electronics.

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

Special Reports: Aerospace
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.

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