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  • April 16, 2014
  • 11:57 AM
  • 12 views

Quantum Dots Could Be Used to Make Efficient Solar Windows

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy.... Read more »

  • April 15, 2014
  • 02:17 PM
  • 25 views

Airborne Wind Turbines Have Significant Potential, Study Finds

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Airborne wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware.... Read more »

  • April 14, 2014
  • 04:28 PM
  • 47 views

Scientists Gain Insight Into High-Temperature Superconductivity

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

In a new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have identified and solved at least one paradox in the behavior of high-temperature superconductors. The riddle involves a phenomenon called the “pseudogap,” a region of energy levels in which relatively few electrons are allowed to exist.... Read more »

  • April 14, 2014
  • 01:22 PM
  • 41 views

Right-Sizing U.S. Electrical Grid Could Reduce Blackout Risk

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

David Newman, a physicist at the University of Alaska, believes that smaller grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages, such as the 2003 Northeast blackout that cut power to 50 million people in the United States and Canada for up to two days.... Read more »

Carreras, B., Newman, D., & Dobson, I. (2014) Does size matter?. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 24(2), 23104. DOI: 10.1063/1.4868393  

  • April 14, 2014
  • 09:23 AM
  • 46 views

Scientists Suggest Planting Biofuel Crops on Solar Farms

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” biofuel crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable plants along with solar energy.... Read more »

  • April 13, 2014
  • 01:46 PM
  • 45 views

Organic Solar Cell Benefit From Face-On Alignment of Molecules

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor.... Read more »

Tumbleston, J., Collins, B., Yang, L., Stuart, A., Gann, E., Ma, W., You, W., & Ade, H. (2014) The influence of molecular orientation on organic bulk heterojunction solar cells. Nature Photonics. DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.55  

  • April 12, 2014
  • 12:12 PM
  • 62 views

Flexible Plastics Turn Vibrations Into Electrical Energy

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Kui Yao and co-workers from the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore have discovered a way to give lightweight polymer vibration harvesters a hundredfold boost in energy output—a finding that may help to eliminate manual battery recharging in microsensors and mobile devices. ... Read more »

Lei Zhang, ., Oh, S., Ting Chong Wong, ., Chin Yaw Tan, ., & Kui Yao, . (2013) Piezoelectric polymer multilayer on flexible substrate for energy harvesting. IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 60(9), 2013-2020. DOI: 10.1109/TUFFC.2013.2786  

  • April 10, 2014
  • 09:25 AM
  • 67 views

Silver Nanoparticles Help Solar Cells Absorb More Light

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Nanostructures could enable more light to be directed into the active layer of solar cells, increasing their efficiency.... Read more »

  • April 9, 2014
  • 05:27 PM
  • 58 views

Scientists Use Trees to Make High-Tech Supercapacitors

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Based on a chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University (OSU), it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech supercapacitors for energy storage.... Read more »

  • April 9, 2014
  • 12:03 PM
  • 51 views

Study Reveals Causes of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Degradation

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) have made a surprising discovery about the degradation of dye-sensitized solar cells that could help pave the way to prolonging the lifetime of these cells.... Read more »

Ono, L., Schulz, P., Endres, J., Nikiforov, G., Kato, Y., Kahn, A., & Qi, Y. (2014) Air-Exposure-Induced Gas-Molecule Incorporation into Spiro-MeOTAD Films. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 1374-1379. DOI: 10.1021/jz500414m  

  • April 8, 2014
  • 02:52 PM
  • 52 views

Gold Coating to Reduce Glare From Solar Panels

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new work by UC Irvine scientists could reduce glare from solar panels and electronic displays and dull dangerous glints on military weapons.... Read more »

  • April 8, 2014
  • 09:37 AM
  • 69 views

Researchers Use Sun to Make Solar Energy Materials

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible.... Read more »

  • April 7, 2014
  • 05:29 PM
  • 93 views

New Electrolyte to Enable Fast-Charging Li-Ion Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists in Japan have developed an innovative electrolyte that may be the key to the next great breakthrough in advanced lithium-ion batteries.... Read more »

Yamada, Y., Furukawa, K., Sodeyama, K., Kikuchi, K., Yaegashi, M., Tateyama, Y., & Yamada, A. (2014) Unusual Stability of Acetonitrile-Based Superconcentrated Electrolytes for Fast-Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(13), 5039-5046. DOI: 10.1021/ja412807w  

  • April 7, 2014
  • 01:26 PM
  • 61 views

Multi-Gene Engineering Could Boost Seed Oil Content in Oilseed Crops

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A team of researchers from Rothamsted Research, one of the oldest agricultural research institutions in the world, have published the first study to target multiple genes that control a series of important steps in the pathway for seed oil production.... Read more »

  • April 6, 2014
  • 04:19 PM
  • 103 views

Scientists Determine Most Favorable Wind Turbine Positioning

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has developed a new way to study wake effects that takes into account the airflow both within and around a wind farm and challenges the conventional belief that turbines arrayed in checker board patterns produce the highest power output.... Read more »

Stevens, R., Gayme, D., & Meneveau, C. (2014) Large eddy simulation studies of the effects of alignment and wind farm length. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 6(2), 23105. DOI: 10.1063/1.4869568  

  • April 5, 2014
  • 09:31 AM
  • 87 views

New Anode and Cathode Materials to Improve Li-Ion Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

hResearchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have improved the performance and capacity of lithium batteries by developing better-performing, cheaper anode and cathode materials for use in anodes and cathodes.... Read more »

  • April 3, 2014
  • 06:41 PM
  • 76 views

Iron, Carbon May Replace Platinum as PEM Fuel Cell Catalysts

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A research team from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has discovered a new type of iron and carbon-based catalyst, which is stable and active in both acidic and alkaline media, and may even eliminate the need for platinum in catalysts and thus revolutionize the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell industry.... Read more »

  • April 3, 2014
  • 12:02 PM
  • 81 views

Using More Wood for Construction Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Consumption

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A Yale University-led study has found that using more wood and less steel and concrete in building and bridge construction would substantially reduce fossil fuel consumption and global carbon dioxide emissions.... Read more »

Oliver, C., Nassar, N., Lippke, B., & McCarter, J. (2014) Carbon, Fossil Fuel, and Biodiversity Mitigation With Wood and Forests. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 33(3), 248-275. DOI: 10.1080/10549811.2013.839386  

  • April 2, 2014
  • 05:33 PM
  • 93 views

Scientists Get Closer to Artificial Photosynthesis

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel. ... Read more »

Megiatto Jr, J., Méndez-Hernández, D., Tejeda-Ferrari, M., Teillout, A., Llansola-Portolés, M., Kodis, G., Poluektov, O., Rajh, T., Mujica, V., Groy, T.... (2014) A bioinspired redox relay that mimics radical interactions of the Tyr–His pairs of photosystem II. Nature Chemistry. DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1862  

  • April 1, 2014
  • 04:24 PM
  • 81 views

Hybrid Cars More Fuel-Efficient in China, India Than in U.S.

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

What makes cities in India and China so frustrating to drive in—heavy traffic, aggressive driving style, few freeways—makes them ideal for saving fuel with hybrid vehicles, according to new research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).... Read more »

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