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Renewable energy is just one area set to benefit from a breakthrough in graphene engineering. (Credit: Flickr @ Martin Abegglen http://www.flickr.com/photos/twicepix/)

New Graphene Supercapacitor ‘Almost Ready for Commercial Development’

Monash University researchers have brought next generation energy storage closer with an engineering first—a graphene-based device that is compact, yet lasts as long as...
University of Chicago researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis. The compound may enable fundamentally new routes to creative solar light harvesting technologies. (Photo by Graham Griffin)

Quantum Dynamics Observed in Photosynthesis Gives New Ideas for Solar Cells

University of Chicago researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the design principles that support persistent electronic coherence in biological light harvesting systems (or,...
Crystal structure (a) and STEM (Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope) lattice image (b) of SrAuSi3.

Novel Gold-Based Superconductor Discovered

Scientists at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have created a novel superconductor, SrAuSi3, which contains gold as a principal constituent element. Based on...
Computer modeling helps predict who will go solar and why

Computer Modeling Helps Form Effective Solar Energy Policy

What makes people go solar? Is it the incentives, the price drops in solar, a feeling of environmental responsibility, etc.? Those are the questions...
Tree limbs creating a short circuit in electrical lines during a storm. This typically results in a power outage in the area supplied by these lines (Credit: Robert Lawton, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rklawton).

GE Launches a Business to Protect Critical Facilities from Power Outages

According to the study called “Understanding the Cost of Power Interruptions to U.S. Electricity Consumers” done at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Energy Analysis...
The Sun is a natural fusion reactor.

MIT Undergraduate Working to Reduce Energy Waste in Fusion Reactors

MIT student Jake Jurewicz will be developing new simulation software for fusion reactors. Its purpose is to help engineers better understand where energy losses...
Hunter McDaniel, Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher, works in the laboratory developing next-generation quantum dots that could revolutionize photovoltaic technology.

Record Efficiency Achieved for Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cell

Solar cells made with inexpensive, non-toxic copper-based quantum dots can achieve record longevity and efficiency, according to a study by Los Alamos National Laboratory...
Wind turbines near the coast of Netherlands. (Credit: Flickr @ meaduva http://www.flickr.com/photos/meaduva/)

Floating Offshore Turbines Can Reduce Wind Energy Cost

Texas leads the U.S. in energy production with a combination of conventional and alternative energy sources. The state also produces the most wind power...
DSSC panel is tested in the laboratory at the School of Chemical Science and Engineering. (Photo: David Callahan)

Ion-Conducting Polymer Improves Solar Cell Performance

Drawing their inspiration from photosynthesis, dye-sensitized solar cells offer the promise of low-cost solar photovoltaics and—when coupled with catalysts—even the possibility of generating hydrogen...
Rainer Beck and P. Morten Hundt in their lab

Scientist Control Molecular Vibrations to Produce Hydrogen

The reaction that converts methane into hydrogen requires water and a catalyst. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland,...

Asian Development Bank Aims to Increase End-User Energy Efficiency

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will ramp up efforts in the region for greater utilization of energy on the demand-side, the most cost-effective way...
UCLA's Huanping Zhou displays perovskite solar cells

Scientists Improve Perovskite Solar Cell Production Process

UCLA engineers have invented a new process for manufacturing highly efficient photovoltaic materials that shows promise for low-cost industrial perovskite solar cell production. The...