Meet the skyrmions—exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing
Jun 18, 2018
Unique physical properties of these "magic knots" might help to satisfy demand for IT power and storage using a fraction of the energy.
The science behind pickled battery electrolytes
Jun 18, 2018
Battery researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have discovered an important chemical reaction that resembles the method used to make pickles. The reaction provides key insights into ...
Turbocharge for lithium batteries
Jun 12, 2018
A team of material researchers from Juelich, Munich, and Prague has succeeded in producing a composite material that is particularly suited for electrodes in lithium batteries. The nanocomposite material might help to significantly ...
Microscopy advance reveals unexpected role for water in energy storage material
May 24, 2018
A material with atomically thin layers of water holds promise for energy storage technologies, and researchers have now discovered that the water is performing a different role than anyone anticipated. The finding was possible ...
Single-system solar tech cuts clean energy costs in half
May 23, 2018
Generating power from the sun isn't the problem. The technology has been there for decades. Storing that power efficiently, however, has been a challenge.
A soft solution to the hard problem of energy storage
May 18, 2018
It's great in the lab, but will it actually work? That's the million-dollar question perpetually leveled at engineering researchers. For a family of layered nanomaterials, developed and studied at Drexel University—and ...
World-class battery storage system helps to power country town
May 18, 2018
A new energy storage system developed by University of Adelaide researchers and industry partners is now successfully supporting the electricity network for the country town of Cape Jervis, South Australia.
Self-assembling 3-D battery would charge in seconds
May 17, 2018
The world is a big place, but it's gotten smaller with the advent of technologies that put people from across the globe in the palm of one's hand. And as the world has shrunk, it has also demanded that things happen ever ...
Scientists discover how a pinch of salt can improve battery performance
May 14, 2018
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batteries.
Motorizing fibres with geometric zero-energy modes
May 04, 2018
Physicists and material scientists have succeeded in constructing a motor and an energy storage device from one single component. They used an elastic polymer fibre closed into a ring that was made to rotate on application ...