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Chemists develop new way to make cost-effective material for electricity storage

These coatings can be used in a range of technologies, such as flexible electronic devices or to convert electricity int…

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A step towards a more efficient way of storing energy

Inspired by the electron transfer properties of quinones in biological systems, scientists recently reported on investig…

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Running on waste heat

Gang Chen’s thermoelectric devices turn waste heat into electricity for vehicles and other machines.

Thermoelectric materials convert temperature differences into electric voltage. About a decade ago, researchers used nan…

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Researchers led by Stanford engineer figure out how to make more efficient fuel cells

Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale alternative energy power systems more practical and reliable.

Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that w…

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Researchers from FOM Institute AMOLF have discovered that infrared light strongly stimulates the transport of protons (H+ ions) in hydrogen fuel cells.

Hydrogen fuel cells are an alternative, clean source of energy: hydrogen and oxygen are directly converted into electric…

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skyTran and IAI to Build a Demonstration System for skyTran Magnetic Levitation Transportation System

skyTran is a high-speed, energy-efficient, transportation system, designed to transport passengers in a safe, green, and…

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Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

Stanford scientists have created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature.

Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas…

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Satellite Data to Aid Turbine Revolution

University of Leicester works with High Efficiency Heating UK Ltd to pinpoint optimum locations for hydropower turbines

The University of Leicester will work with a British company, High Efficiency Heating UK Ltd, with interests in renewabl…

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Newly discovered catalyst could lead to the low-cost, clean production of methanol, scientists say

Scientists from Stanford, SLAC and Denmark have created a new nickel-gallium catalyst that could some day be used to convert hydrogen and carbon dioxide emissions into methanol, an important industrial chemical and potential fuel.

Scientists from Stanford, SLAC and Denmark have created a new nickel-gallium catalyst that could some day be used to con…

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Wind farms can provide a surplus of reliable clean energy to society, Stanford study finds

Today's wind industry, even with the necessary batteries and other grid-scale storage, is energetically sustainable, Stanford scientists say.

The worldwide demand for solar and wind power continues to skyrocket. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installation…

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Tiny Origami Boxes Hold Big Promise for Energy Storage

Hydrogen storage is a key enabling technology for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell power technologies in transp…

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Atomic-Scale Catalysts May Produce Cheap Hydrogen

Researchers at North Carolina State University have shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) may wo…

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Synthetic natural gas from excess electricity

Energy: too valuable to waste

Power to gas is a key concept when it comes to storing alternative energy. This process converts short-term excess elect…

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From Space to Waste

Stanford University research comes to Antioch to explore a new frontier of renewable energy from wastewater

The Stanford postdoctoral scholar has developed a new process to recover renewable energy from nitrogen in wastewater ca…

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Team uses forest waste to develop cheaper, greener supercapacitors

Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today’s activated-carbon supercapacito…

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Stanford scientists use 'wired microbes' to generate electricity from sewage

An interdisciplinary team has created a "microbial battery" driven by naturally occurring bacteria that have evolved to produce electricity as they digest organic material.

Engineers at Stanford have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage, using naturally occurring "wired micro…

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Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Florida company plan to demonstrate bioenergy technology

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Florida-based Chemergy Inc. plan to demonstrate an in…

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New project to harness energy of NYC's East River

University of Minnesota and Verdant Power to lead new effort that advances research, innovation and training

A new collaboration between industry and academia is set to harness the energy of New York City’s East River. The Univer…

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Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid

Conventional grid-scale batteries are fine for solar farms, but technological improvements are needed for efficient storage of wind power, Stanford scientists say.

Conventional grid-scale batteries are fine for solar farms, but technological improvements are needed for efficient stor…

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Microbial team turns corn stalks and leaves into better biofuel

A fungus and E. coli bacteria have joined forces to turn tough, waste plant material into isobutanol, a biofuel that mat…

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