Smart solar harvester inspired by a magnifying glass

15 April, 2021

Researchers have designed a 'smart' device to harvest daylight and relay it to underground spaces, reducing the need to draw on traditional energy sources for lighting.

Calcium electrolyte could be used for batteries

15 April, 2021

Scientists have developed a fluorine-free calcium (Ca) electrolyte based on a hydrogen (monocarborane) cluster that could potentially realise rechargeable Ca batteries.

Structural battery could enable 'massless' energy storage

07 April, 2021

Swedish researchers have produced a structural battery that is claimed to perform 10 times better than all previous versions.

Tandem solar device collects light from the front and back

07 April, 2021

Two types of materials are better than one when it comes to solar cells, according to researchers who have tested a new combination of materials and architecture.

Maxim Integrated MAX17577 and MAX17578 synchronous DC-DC inverting converters

30 March, 2021 | Supplied by: Avnet Electronics Marketing

Both ICs are said to reduce size and heat while simplifying the design of negative output voltage rails needed for analog signals within intelligent IoT devices found in factory automation, building automation and communications systems.

Copolymer binder extends Li-ion battery life

26 March, 2021

The capacity of lithium-ion batteries decreases over time partly due to the degradation of the binder that protects the graphite anode.

Solar panels can't stand the heat

11 March, 2021

Lowering the operating temperature of solar panels by just a few degrees can dramatically increase the amount of electricity they generate over their lifetime.

New electrode material improves all-solid-state batteries

03 March, 2021

Researchers have developed a novel electrode material for all-solid-state lithium secondary batteries by combining lithium sulfate and lithium ruthenate.

Long-lasting lithium–sulfur battery developed

25 February, 2021

Researchers have improved the performance and durability of lithium–sulfur batteries, which are attracting attention as a potential next-generation energy storage technology.

Hybrid flow batteries modified to enhance efficiency

17 February, 2021

Researchers have found a way of enhancing hybrid flow batteries or regenerative fuel cell (RFC) technology that could store electricity for very long durations.

Nanometric structure improves solar cell efficiency

09 February, 2021

Researchers have developed a nanometric structure that can cover the surface of some silicon solar panels and improve their performance by up to 40%.

Doubling the capacity of solid-state lithium batteries

04 February, 2021

Japanese scientists have demonstrated that a clean electrolyte–electrode interface is key to realising high-capacity solid-state lithium batteries.

New world record in perovskite solar cell efficiency

28 January, 2021

Researchers have reached 21.6% efficiency in converting sunlight into electricity — a new world record for perovskite solar cells larger than 1 cm2 in size.

Methanol fuel cells improved with a protective carbon shell

20 January, 2021

South Korean scientists have found a way to prevent undesired reactions in methanol fuel cells, which should help in the journey to phase out fossil fuels.

Perfecting quantum dots for peak solar panel performance

19 January, 2021

Researchers have developed a process for calculating the perfect size and density of quantum dots needed to achieve record efficiency in solar panels.

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