The Undulator Hall of SLAC Lab's Linac Coherent Light Source, which

X-Rays Help Understand High-Temperature Superconductivity

A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of laser-induced high-temperature superconductivity in a promising copper-oxide material. »

Scientists use cheap and abundant materials to reduce solar panel glare, increase efficiency

Scientists Reduce Solar Panel Glare, Increase Efficiency

Scientists at Loughborough University have found a way to reduce solar panel glare while simultaneously increasing the efficiency of a solar installation. And they didn’t even need to use gold to achieve this goal. »

From left: Scanning electron microscope image of the hexaboride structures at 5 microns and 500 nanometers.

Ceramic Materials for Hydrogen Storage Developed

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. »

They are light, mechanically flexible and offer a variety of applications:

‘MatHero’ Project to Create Greener Organic Solar Cells

A new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), called “MatHero”, aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs and increasing their life-time. “Green” processes for materials synthesis and coating play a key role. »

DTU's solar park with polymer solar cells installed

Danish Project to Make Polymer Solar Cells More Profitable

Project Megawatt intends to make polymer solar cells profitable enough to allow power generation from polymer solar cells to compete on market terms with traditional coal-fired power plants. »

A new, PNNL-developed nanomaterial called a metal organic framework could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, which could be used to increase the driving range of electric vehicles. Here, small batteries are shown being tested at PNNL.

Li-Sulfur Batteries Last Longer With Metal-Organic Frameworks

Researchers at the PNNL added a kind of nanomaterial called a metal-organic framework, to the battery’s cathode to capture problematic polysulfides that usually cause lithium-sulfur batteries to fail after a few charges. »

This illustration shows a possible configuration of a floating offshore nuclear plant, based on design work by Jacopo Buongiorno and others at MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Like offshore oil drilling platforms, the structure would include living quarters and a helipad for transportation to the site.

MIT Proposes Tsunami-Proof Floating Nuclear Plants

According to an MIT News item, a new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could protect nuclear plants from tsunamis. »

Adrian Narvaez of Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers (HHC) observes a metal hydride storage tank, part of a project led by Sandia National Laboratories. The tank will be combined with a fuel cell system to make a fuel cell power pack to power a forklift. Hydrogen fuel cell technology could have a significant advantage over batteries for a large slice of the $33 billion U.S. forklift market

Sandia to Design Hydrogen-Powered Forklifts

Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems soon could be powering the forklifts used in warehouses and other industrial settings at lower costs and with faster refueling times than ever before, courtesy of a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers (HHC). »

University of Leicester uses satellites to pinpoint optimum locations for hydropower turbines

Satellites to Help Determine Best Locations for Hydropower Turbines

University of Leicester works with High Efficiency Heating UK Ltd using satellites to pinpoint optimum locations for hydropower turbines. »

A cheap, aboundabt photocatalyst for hydrogen production discovered

Cheap, Abundant, Low-Toxic Photocatalyst Discovered

A research group at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) led by the principal researcher Hideki Abe and the senior researcher Naoto Umezawa at the NIMS’s Environmental Remediation Materials Unit discovered a new photocatalyst, Sn3O4, that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen from water. »

Quantum dot LSC devices under ultraviolet illumination.

Quantum Dots Could Be Used to Make Efficient Solar Windows

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. »

A test of a Makani airborne wind energy design.

Airborne Wind Turbines Have Significant Potential, Study Finds

Airborne wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware. »

The U.S. Army to develop a solar array to provide electricity for Fort Huachuca

U.S. Army to Develop Largest Solar Array on a Military Installation

The U.S. Army announced this week plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca. »

DOE recognizes the completion of the NYISO smart grid project in Rensselaer, New York

Smart Grid Project Completed in New York

The Energy Department yesterday recognized the completion of New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) smart grid and control center project in Rensselaer, New York. »

The DLR research aircraft Falcon 20E

NASA, DRL to Test Alternative Aviation Fuels

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has entered into an agreement with NASA to conduct a series of joint research flights aimed at testing alternative aviation fuels. »

LEDsafari creates a DIY solar lamp for developing countries

Startup Invents a ‘Homemade’ Solar Lamp for Developing Countries

The solar lamp developed by LEDsafari, a young startup from Lausanne, is a more effective, safer, and less expensive form of illumination than the traditional oil lamp currently used by more than one billion people in the world. »

BMW laser headlight technology will be celebrating its world premiere as of autumn 2014

BMW Explains Its Laser Headlight Technology

BMW Laserlights laser headlight technology will be celebrating its world premiere as of autumn 2014. This efficient light source is arriving on the roads in a production car for the first time to provide the high beam in the BMW i8 headlight. »

Germany’s RWE is the first European supplier to commence gas deliveries to the Ukraine in 2014

RWE to Supply Natural Gas to Naftogaz of Ukraine

Germany’s RWE began deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday as a diplomatic crisis between Kyiv and Moscow raises the risk of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine. »

А 1.3-liter (left) and a 1.0-liter (right) Toyota gasoline engine

Toyota Says Its New Gasoline Engines Will Be 10% More Efficient

Toyota Motor Corporation aims to increase the environmental performance of its vehicles with a series of newly-developed fuel-efficient gasoline engines. »