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INSIDER: Energy

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are building computational tools using artificial intelligence (AI) that can help optimize airfoil design for...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA engineers have developed a new approach to mitigating unwanted motion in floating structures. Ideally suited to applications including offshore wind energy platforms and barges, the innovation uses water ballast as a motion damping fluid.
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Quiz: Power
Wind energy is a big part of the mix of renewable energy sources. It brings to mind images of fields of giant windmills, but not a lot of detailed understanding. How good is your knowledge about our wind energy? Take this quiz to check it out.
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INSIDER: Energy

The U.S. electric grid is more than just power plants and transmission lines — it’s a web of connections among millions of small components, working together to allow you to...

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INSIDER: Green Design & Manufacturing

A new battery design could help ease integration of renewable energy into the nation’s electrical grid at lower cost, using Earth-abundant metals, according to a study just...

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INSIDER: Energy

Flexible polymers made with a new generation of the Nobel-winning “click chemistry” reaction find use in capacitors and other applications.

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Briefs: Energy
Redox flow batteries are stationary batteries in which the energy is located in the electrolyte, outside of the cell itself, as in a fuel cell.
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Blog: Design
The UA team aims to design a motorless sailplane that can soar over the Martian surface for days at a time, using only wind for propulsion.
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Q&A: Energy
Dr. Brandon Ennis, Sandia National Laboratories’ offshore wind technical lead, had a radically new idea for offshore wind turbines: instead of a tall unwieldy tower, with blades at the top, he imagined a towerless turbine with blades pulled taut like a bow.
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INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers at Columbia University, supported in part by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, conducted a study that modeled the seasonal variability of solar and...

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INSIDER: Motion Control

Purdue University engineers have designed a low-speed, high-torque powertrain system to reduce the operation costs, maintenance costs, and environmental...

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Briefs: Materials

All solid materials, including glass, have a property called elastic stiffness — also known as elastic modulus. It's a measure of how much force per unit area is needed to...

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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...

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INSIDER: Energy

As we trend toward more renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs), the design of the electric distribution system itself imposes physical...

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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...

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INSIDER: Energy

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

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Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
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Briefs: Materials
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
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Q&A: Energy
USC researchers found a way to use idle oil and gas wells for energy storage.
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Briefs: Aerospace
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
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Briefs: Energy
A remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of trees in the wind.
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Briefs: Energy
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
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Briefs: Aerospace
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

NASA Langley Research Center developed a wind event warning technology that provides a practical early warning system (5-10 minutes) for a severe change in the wind vector. Events such as gusts, shear, microbursts,...

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Briefs: Materials

In the polymer composites industry, cure cycles are typically developed from trial-and-error or a more effective processing science approach to reduce...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers have developed a fundamentally new type of rotary electrical contact that addresses the two limitations of conventional brush/slip ring technology: 1) short operating lifetime due to sliding-contact...

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