Researchers have, for the first time, watched organic solar cells degrade in real time. This work could open new approaches to increasing the stability of this highly promising type of solar cell.
Converting sunshine into electricity is not difficult, but doing so efficiently and on a large...
Scientists in Lyon, a French city famed for its cuisine, have discovered a quick-cook recipe for...
The solar panel installer SolarCity is beginning to address one of solar power's big drawbacks: the sun doesn't always shine. They will add battery packs, from Tesla Motors, that will provide backup power while lowering electric bills.
Loofahs, best known for their use in exfoliating skin to soft, radiant perfection, have emerged as a new potential tool to advance sustainability efforts on two fronts at the same time: energy and waste.
Some companies could economically convert their operations to wood boilers for heat and power, according to a team of forestry researchers.
Researchers have been trying for more than half a century to develop a practical thermionic generator, with little luck. But, that may soon change, thanks to a new design— dubbed a thermoelectronic generator.
A chemical system can efficiently perform the first step in the process of creating syngas, gasoline and other energy-rich products out of carbon dioxide.
Scientists have provided new insight into how solar water-splitting cells work. An important and overlooked parameter, they report, is the ion-permeability of electrocatalysts used in water-splitting devices.
Materials scientists have been recognized by the printed electronics industry for their work on novel 3D-printed lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand.
A Canadian power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron. Unconventionally, citizens near the site support the plan, while those elsewhere in Canada and the U.S., particularly Michigan, which shares the Lake Huron shoreline with Ontario, are voicing loud objections.
A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.
Researchers have developed a method to genetically engineer a key growth component for biofuel production in tiny marine algae.
Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands.
Researchers have fabricated a cathode of lithium cobalt oxide in which the compound's individual grains are aligned in a specific orientation. The researchers claim that this yields a significantly higher performing battery than one with a randomly oriented cathode.
Particles suspended in cooling water could prevent hotspots in nuclear plant cooling systems and electronics.
New research indicates that the predominant working theory of how solar cells convert sunlight into electricity is incorrect, and could steer future efforts to design materials that boost the performance of organic cells.
An Alaska official says the state is looking at taking a multibillion-dollar equity stake in a major natural gas pipeline project as a way to protect its interests and help make the long hoped for project a reality.
Researchers have developed a new form of high-performance solar photocatalyst based on the combination of the TiO2 and other “metallic” oxides that greatly enhance the visible light absorption and promote more efficient utilization of the solar spectrum for energy applications.
Researchers will use their expertise in protein expression, enzyme engineering and high-throughput assays as part of a multi-project endeavor aimed at developing advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation.
By creating nanoparticles with a controlled shape, researchers believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built. By modifying the size and shape of battery components, they aim to reduce charge times as well.
Workers started removing radioactive fuel rods Monday from a reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.
Researchers have engineered the first self-healing battery electrode, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for next-generation lithium-ion batteries for use in electric cars, cell phones and other devices.
A new study says it is crucial to examine all needs together before making decisions about investments in new energy infrastructure, where choices made today could continue to affect the water and energy landscape for decades to come.
Researchers have developed an inexpensive device that uses light to split water into oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen. The goal is to supplement solar cells with hydrogen-powered fuel cells that can generate electricity when the sun isn't shining or demand is high.
More than 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines in 2012, a serious blow to creatures who pollinate crops and help control flying insects, according to a new study from the Univ. of Colorado Denver.
A 20-year program to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel for U.S. power plants ended this week, with the final shipment loaded onto a vessel in St. Petersburg's port.
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