• Spice up your solar

    A touch of chilli may create more stable photovoltaic cells.

    Chilli is known to have a range of health benefits, from reducing infections to improving digestive performance. But ...

    Energy January 15, 2021
  • New charge for old battery?

    Researchers find a way to make zinc-air batteries reusable.

    Zinc-air (Zn-air) batteries aren’t new – they were first commercially produced in the 1930s – and they have a lot of ...

    Energy January 8, 2021
  • The lure of lithium gets serious

    Power demand means we need new sources.

    Scientists and engineers seeking to power the alternative-energy future are scrambling to find new sources of lithium...

    Energy December 18, 2020
  • Producing hydrogen, not oxygen

    Scientists create tiny droplet-based microbial factories.

    The search for alternative energy sources is as wide-ranging as it is important. In a new chapter, scientists from th...

    Energy November 26, 2020
  • A new kind of power walking

    Nanogenerator is like a tiny personal wind turbine.

    Scientists are constantly searching for new and clever ways to make electricity. Earlier this year, for example, Cosm...

    Energy September 24, 2020
  • Add plasma to biomass to get better biogas

    Researchers try a new way to break down the tricky bits.

    Producing biogas from the bacterial breakdown of biomass seems a relatively simple idea: just let the bacteria do the...

    Energy September 23, 2020
  • Predicting the life and death of batteries

    Researchers believe an algorithm could ease our pain.

    Estimating battery life is one of the great modern dilemmas, and the older the item, the harder it gets.But resea...

    Technology September 16, 2020
  • Solar cells are getting seriously light

    Novel design uses inkjet printing and clever ink.

    Researchers continue to break new ground with advances in solar cell technology that uses organic polymer material ra...

    Energy September 1, 2020
  • Solar cells succeed in space

    Short trip flags potential of new hybrid design.

    To test if something will work in space, there’s no better option than to send it into space.That’s what German r...

    Energy August 14, 2020
  • Exploring potential of solar-flow batteries

    Merging two technologies may provide efficient solar storage.

    Scientists continue to advance the potential to use solar-flow batteries to provide electricity in remote areas.A...

    Energy July 14, 2020
  • Shining bright without light

    Researchers working to make chemiluminescence viable.

    In the world of microscopy, fluorescence is king, but chemiluminescence is snapping at its heels.The ability to a...

    Energy July 9, 2020
  • New research to make better batteries

    We want them doing more, for longer.

    The quest for a better battery is engaging a lot of scientific minds, but it’s not often three advances are reported ...

    Energy April 30, 2020
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