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Self Charging Battery Developed

Self Charging Battery Developed

The new Self-Charging Power Cell Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a unique power cell that self-charges directly by converting mechanical energy into chemical energy, storing the power until it is released as electrical current. This technology eliminates ...

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Charge Your Cell Phone with Your Voice

South Korean researchers developed a new technique for turning sound into electricity, allowing a mobile phones to be charged while the user is talking over the phone. Charge while you talk? (Image credit: Iddo Genuth) At the Sungkyunkwan University in ...

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New High-Powered Organic Batteries

New High-Powered Organic Batteries

Chemists from the University of Texas developed new organic batteries that offer lightweight energy storage. Unlike similar developments, their new battery does not rely on toxic heavy metals, making it a potential ecologic replacement for current batteries. Illustration of an ...

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Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have recently reported a breakthrough in their search for more efficient thin-film solar cells. Such cells could help create better solar receptors, improving both capacity and utilization of current devices – ...

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AutoTram: Combination of Bus and Tram

AutoTram: Combination of Bus and Tram

Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure, Germany, recently introduced an innovative public transportation solution, dubbed the “AutoTram”. The new vehicle is as long as a tram but has bus-like agility, allowing it to maneuver easily through crowded ...

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Bladeless Wind Turbines on the Way

Bladeless Wind Turbines on the Way

Solar Aero Research, New Hampshire, has recently introduced an innovative method to create “green” energy: bladeless turbines, dubbed ”Fuller”. Although the new concept is very similar to the traditional steam turbine, it provides quieter operation and better performance. The new ...

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Ribbon at Edge of Solar System

Ribbon at Edge of Solar System

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Las Alamos, New Mexico have discovered a ribbon of solar material collected at the very edge of the solar system. The High Energy Neutral Atom Imager on NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has ...

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SPARKy Springy Prosthetic Legs

SPARKy Springy Prosthetic Legs

Researchers at Arizona State University have developed the SPARKy prosthetic leg, a device that uses energy stored in a spring while walking to help users live more active lives. The lightweight prosthetic provides a much wider range of motion than ...

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Roll-Up Solar Panels

Roll-Up Solar Panels

Toledo, Ohio startup Xunlight has developed a method for manufacturing large, flexible solar panels that can be stored in rolls. The panels could be used on irregularly shaped objects such as automobile roofs or even used as portable power sources ...

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Solar Powered Biofuel Under Development

Solar Powered Biofuel Under Development

Cambridge, Massachusetts based startup Joule Biotechnologies is developing a new process using solar power to derive a biologically-based fuel without growing any crops or using any plant matter. Their process converts carbon dioxide directly into a liquid fuel and could ...

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