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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.

Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Printable Flexible Batteries
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Design Enables Safe Storage of Lithium Ions
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Board-to-board connectors, supercapacitors, li-ion batteries, and more.
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
NASA-funded research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit or even a Mars rover.
A newly developed architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Q&A: Oil and Gas Wells for Energy Storage
USC researchers found a way to use idle oil and gas wells for energy storage.
Special Reports: Transportation
Vehicle Electrification - January 2021

See how Ford, Volkswagen, Cadillac, and other manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of battery & EV design to compete with Tesla in a rapidly growing market, plus learn about the latest EV...

Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Next-Generation Computer Chip Has Two Heads
The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Supercapacitor Based on Manganese Oxide
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Products of Tomorrow: January 2021
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Water-Powered Engines Offer Satellite Mobility
The technology could allow deep-space exploration without running out of propellant.
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.

Electric vehicles (EVs) hold great promise for our energy-efficient, sustainable future but among their limitations is the lack of a long-lasting, high energy density battery...

RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
A new process can turn bulk quantities of just about any carbon source into valuable graphene flakes.
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.

A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.

Researchers in the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center at Penn State University are searching for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles. They...

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities...

The soil microbial fuel cells produce energy to filter enough water for a person’s daily needs, with potential to increase scale.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Robotic Assembly of Photovoltaic Arrays
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Researcher Nina Mahmoudian is finding a new way for underwater robots to recharge and upload their data, and then go back out to continue exploring, without the need for human intervention.
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Bio-Inspired Wing Design for Small Drones
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.

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