Scientists Discover Method to Turn CO2 Into Methane

The latest new catalyst can turn carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide into methane. Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is at an all-time high, and it’s not enough for us to simply stop emitting more. In order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we’ll have to start taking lots of CO2 out of the […]

Smartphones Flexible battery from Panasonic

  On the back of a recent story about Samsung patenting a bendable OLED display for smartphones, Panasonic is rumoured to be developing flexible lithium-ion batteries designed for the smartphone market. One of the roadblocks to creating a flexible battery has been the ability for it to retain its charge as it’s bent out of […]

‘It’s the end of energy and transportation as we know it’: View info & video with Tony Seba here.

Changing the automotive industry ‘Mild hybridisation’ the way forward for manufacturers needing to build greener cars. Within just 15 years conventional energy production and transport will have been rendered obsolete by the revolution taking place in batteries, solar power and electric cars. The startling thesis by energy disruption guru and Stanford University lecturer Tony Seba has been around for […]

Metamaterial paves way for thermophotovoltaic cells that generate electricity in the dark

Dr Sergey Kruk demonstrates a prototype metamaterial device that could be used in super-efficient “thermophotovoltaic” cells to generate electricity from infrared energy, even in the dark (Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU). View gallery (3 images) Using a new optical magnetic metamaterial claimed to have revolutionary properties, physicists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University […]

Power dense zinc-manganese power unit as cheap as a car battery

Researchers have discovered a way to fix the reliability problems of zinc-manganese batteries and produce a high-energy-density, rechargeable unit that could provide an inexpensive solution for alternative energy storage (Credit: PNNL). A team of scientists working on analyzing energy flows in prototype zinc-manganese batteries have stumbled upon a new way to make these power cells […]

Liquid hydrocarbon fuel created from CO2, water & sunshine in breakthrough one-step process

UTA researchers (L to R), Mohammad Fakrul Islam, Frederick MacDonnell, Wilaiwan Chanmanee and Brian Dennis, whose research is a first in producing usable liquid hydrocarbon fuel from sunlight, water and CO2 (Credit: UTA) As scientists look for ways to help remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a number of experiments have focused on employing […]

Researchers Design And Patent A Low-Cost Offshore Wind Turbine

Researcher Climent Molins of the UPC’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with his prototype floating structure for offshore wind turbines Researchers at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have designed and patented a floating platform for offshore wind turbines that can reduce energy costs to 12 […]

Engineer Creates Origami Battery

Mon, 12/21/2015 – 9:34am by Binghamton University Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, can be used to create beautiful birds, frogs and other small sculptures. Now a Binghamton University engineer says the technique can be applied to building batteries, too. Seokheun “Sean” Choi developed an inexpensive, bacteria-powered battery made from paper, he writes in […]

Iron-Gallium Alloy Shows Promise as a Power-Generation Device

An alloy first made nearly two decades ago by the U. S. Navy could provide an efficient new way to produce electricity. The material, dubbed Galfenol, consists of iron doped with the metal gallium. In new experiments, researchers from UCLA, the University of North Texas (UNT), and the Air Force Research Laboratories have shown that […]

Scientists discover how to make batteries from trees

A method for making elastic high-capacity batteries from wood pulp was unveiled by researchers in Sweden and the US. Using nanocellulose broken down from tree fibres, a team from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stanford University produced an elastic, foam-like battery material that can withstand shock and stress. “It is possible to make incredible […]