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MIT Energy Efficient Fusion Power

MIT Energy Efficient Fusion Power

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are looking into using radio waves to control plasmas and possibly making energy efficient fusion reactors viable. Current fusion models rely on feeding plasmas through large magnets in controllable ways. One of ...

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Bio-Based Solar Cells

Bio-Based Solar Cells

The California-based “BioSolar” company has developed a novel technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources, which could significantly reduce the cost of solar cells. By replacing petroleum-based plastic solar cell components with bio-based materials, the company says it ...

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Carbon Material to Store Renewable Energy

Carbon Material to Store Renewable Energy

Engineers and scientists from the University of Texas in Austin have recently discovered the use of graphene, a relatively new, one-atom thick carbon based material, as a means to store electrical charge in an ultracapacitor. This new breakthrough could ultimately ...

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Energy-Harvesting Radios

Energy-Harvesting Radios

Engineers from Kansas State University (KSU), in collaboration with the San Diego-based integrated circuit manufacturer “Peregrine Semiconductor” are set to develop an energy-harvesting radio, which would be able to continuously transmit data without ever requiring a change of batteries. Professor ...

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Intel’s Wireless Power Technology Demonstrated

Intel claims it has improved the efficiency of a method for powering devices wirelessly. Intel’s “Wireless Energy Resonant Link” (WREL), technology was demonstrated by transmitting electricity wirelessly to a lamp on stage and lighting a 60 watt bulb, which consumes ...

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New Process Extracts Hydrogen from Unrefined Oil

New Process Extracts Hydrogen from Unrefined Oil

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory in the US and Kingston Process Metallurgy, Inc (KPM) in Canada have developed a new process that extracts pure hydrogen from unrefined oil. Their molten copper reactor is more energy efficient than current methods for ...

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Hydrogen-Producing Bacteria Provide Clean Energy

Hydrogen-Producing Bacteria Provide Clean Energy

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Carolina State University (NC State) have developed cooperatively a new “green” technology which could lead to clean production of hydrogen from nitrogen-fixing bacteria.   Thermotoga maritima (green/yellow rods) growing in co-culture ...

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NASA to go Nuclear on the Moon

NASA to go Nuclear on the Moon

NASA has announced the development of an energy generator for the moon based on nuclear power. The new power system should have sufficient power to service astronauts’ research needs. Although still in its initial stages, several companies are already working ...

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Flexible Nanoantenna Capture Abundant Solar Energy

Flexible Nanoantenna Capture Abundant Solar Energy

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory have recently devised an inexpensive way to produce plastic sheets containing billions of nanoantennas that collect heat energy generated by the sun and other sources. The technology is the first ...

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Polymer Electric Storage

A team of materials scientists led by Qing Wang, associate Professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State, is currently developing ferroelectric polymer-based capacitors that can deliver power more rapidly than conventional batteries. The polymer, with the addition of ...

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