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    Lithium: Powering the Green Revolution

    The race for better battery power has caused a “white gold” rush on lithium.

    by Richard A Lovett As the climate warms, sea levels rise and droughts, heatwaves and bushfires multiply, the need...

    Core Sciences March 16, 2021
  • How to jet power wind turbines

    Fast lower-atmosphere winds have a complicated effect on wind power.

    Wind farms and their turbines have been growing over the past decade – both in area and in height. The larger a tu...

    Energy February 24, 2021
  • Green lantern shoots straight

    Record-breaking laser cuts through atmosphere

    Scientists have set a world record for the most stable transmission of a laser signal through the atmosphere, effecti...

    Core Sciences January 25, 2021
  • Cosmos Briefing: Lithium

    Experts discuss lithium and renewable energy needs.

    As the demand for renewable-energy technologies skyrockets, we need to think about how to source their constituent ma...

    Cosmos Briefing January 25, 2021
  • 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...

    Energy 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
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