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Waste heat could be used to power electronics

19 February, 2020

Japanese researchers have developed an energy-harvesting device that can convert environmental waste heat (such as that lost from the human body) into electricity.

'Supercondensers' store electric charge in textiles

29 October, 2019

The devices make use of all the potential of active carbon, graphene and polyaniline, a polymer with high capabilities that is already broadly used in textile materials.

Flexible biofuel cell runs on sweat

03 October, 2019

A new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat, has been developed.

High-power fuel cell enables more electric vehicle types

04 March, 2019

Researchers have developed a fuel cell with the capacity to power electric vehicles such as planes, ships and submarines which have much higher energy requirements than electric cars.

Hybrid energy storage system could charge EVs in seconds

16 August, 2018

A newly developed energy storage system, based on a nanomolecule that can store electric power or hydrogen gas, can be used as a flow battery or for hydrogen storage.

Three aspirations for long-distance EVs

02 October, 2017 by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman

When it comes to the electric vehicle (EV), all the publicity currently goes towards the race to make regular and premium cars with longer range.

Stretchable fuel cells for sweat-powered wearables

31 August, 2017

US engineers have developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat, which they can use to power electronics such as LEDs and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radios.

Bacteria-powered batteries activated by human spit

10 August, 2017

US researchers have developed a battery activated by human spit, which can be used in extreme conditions where normal batteries don't function.

Nanoalloys reduce the need for platinum in fuel cells

25 May, 2017

European researchers have shown that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum in fuel cells through the development of a new type of nanocatalyst.

Membrane technology fills a gap for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles

09 May, 2017

CSIRO intends to fill a gap in the global energy technology chain by supplying fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) with low-emissions hydrogen sourced from Australia.

Doubling the mileage of electric vehicles

19 January, 2017

Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a lithium-ion battery with four times the capacity, more than double the lifetime and half the weight of currently used batteries.

Carbon capture in an electrochemical power cell

19 August, 2016

Cornell University researchers have developed a method for capturing carbon dioxide, converting it into a useful product and producing electrical energy.

How to improve solid oxide fuel cells

28 July, 2016

Researchers have determined a key step in improving solid oxide fuel cells — a promising clean energy technology that has so far struggled to gain wide acceptance in the marketplace.

Discovery optimises electron transfer in solar fuel devices

22 June, 2016

Researchers have discovered a way to optimise the transfer of electrons in solar fuel devices, a finding that could have a big impact on devices that convert sunlight into electricity and fuel.

Tanaka's fuel cell catalysts to be used by Honda

01 June, 2016

Platinum electrode catalysts for fuel cells, manufactured by Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo, are being used by Honda Motor in its Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen-powered vehicle.

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