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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...
Business trips of Siemens and Michelin’s commuter traffic result in an average of 3000 kilometers per month driven electrically by every RheinMobil vehicle

Mix of Quick and Conventional Charging Optimal for EV Batteries

After about 120,000 km (≈74,565 mi) driven electrically, the RheinMobil project has proved that a combination of quick and conventional charging is ideal for...
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,...
An electrical substation somewhere in Florida.

Energy Department’s Grid Energy Storage Report Released

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday released the Energy Department’s Grid Energy Storage report to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The...
UGA Skidaway Institute professor Richard Lee works with the tanks containing crabs and grass shrimp. (Credit: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography)

Scientists Study Long-Term Gulf Oil Spill Effects

As the Gulf Coast continues to recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are...

Google’s Project Loon Makes Cloud Computing a Reality With Solar-Power and Balloons

We call it the cloud and cloud computing—the use of servers distributed across the world to backup documents and data, host websites, and all...
A ‘green’ alternative to batteries that could power electronic devices is one step closer thanks to multilayered polymer cantilevers that can turn mechanical vibrations into electricity.

Flexible Plastics Turn Vibrations Into Electrical Energy

Kui Yao and co-workers from the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore have discovered a way to give lightweight polymer vibration...
U.S. nuclear power plants, highlighting recently and soon-to-be retired plants, as of 2013.

Nuclear Plants Cannot Compete With Cheap Natural Gas

Due to abundant shale gas reserves, natural gas prices in the U.S. continue to remain low. Because of this, natural gas is positioned to...
A transmission electron microscope image shows the newly discovered thermoelectric material. The small grains reduce heat conduction, making thermoelectric power generation more efficient.

New High-Efficiency Thermoelectric Material Discovered

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 °C, or...