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INSIDER : Energy
New Solar Power Receivers are Better at Absorbing Sunlight

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at...

INSIDER : Energy
Asphalt Helps Batteries Charge Faster

A touch of asphalt may be the secret to creating high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. In...

INSIDER : Energy
Body Energy as a Power Source

Smartphones, fitness trackers, and medical equipment have a constant hunger for power. The solution: power supply by means of energy produced by body movements. Two systems that meet this requirement were...

News : Energy
A Semiconductor Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Boost Thermoelectric Performance

In a report published in October, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used single-walled carbon...

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: November 2017

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Articles : Green Design & Manufacturing
2017 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner

Hi-Light - Solar Thermal Chemical Reactor Technology for Converting CO2 to Hydrocarbons

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Jessica Akemi Cimada da Silva, David Erickson, and...
News : Automotive
Advanced Engine Cooling: Inventors Go Under the Hood to Give Old Trucks a Boost

What happens when you replace a truck’s fan assembly with an electric fan system? You increase horsepower, reduce under-hood temperature, and become a winner...

Question of the Week : Energy
Will transparent solar technologies supply a significant amount of US energy?

Today's lead INSIDER story features a report on transparent solar cell technology. The authors believe see-through solar cells have the potential of supplying...

News : Energy
Researchers See a Bright Future for ‘See-Through’ Solar Cells

Michigan State University researchers say a new transparent solar panel technology is right outside your door. Or more precisely: inside your window. The completely clear...

Question of the Week : Energy
Will conformal batteries improve electronics design?

Today’s lead INSIDER story featured a conformal battery that bends to meet specific device shapes. What do you think?

Will conformal batteries improve electronics design?

News : Materials
Creating the Future: A Conformal Battery Takes Shape – Any Shape

Electronics design is often limited by the shape of the battery – a critical, but frequently uncompromising product component. A new kind of battery conforms to meet the...

Question of the Week : Energy
Will the "Create the Future" reactor help power plants reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions?

Developers of a "HI-Light" chemical reactor were awarded top honors in this year’s 'Create the Future' Design Contest. The grand-prize-winning...

News : Energy
This Year’s ‘Create the Future’ Contest Winner: A Highlight in Carbon-Dioxide Conversion

Developers of a “HI-Light” chemical reactor were awarded top honors in this year’s "Create the Future" Design Contest. The...

Question of the Week : Materials
Will we drive on piezoelectric highways?

Today's lead INSIDER story showcased efforts from Lancaster University to create road-ready piezoelectric tiles. The electricity generated from the ceramics (and the vehicles driving over them) could someday be used to power street lamps and traffic lights.

What do you think? Will we drive on...

News : Energy
A Piezoelectric Highway? Engineers Take Another Test Drive

Researchers from Lancaster University are looking to pave the next generation of smart road surfaces — with piezoelectric ceramics. When embedded in road surfaces, the tiles...

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