Posts Tagged ‘electricity’

Batteries Used in Electric Cars to Get Safe with the Addition of Special Molecules in Electrolyte

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 8:42 No Comments

The molecule, developed by researchers Zonghai Chen and Khalil Amine at Argonne National Laboratory, is being tested as an additive in the electrolyte of lithium batteries to keep cell voltage from going too high.

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First Solar Plant Capable of Generating 5MW of Solar Energy

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:14 No Comments

eSolar launched the Sierra SunTower on a sunny stretch of desert in Lancaster, California; the first CSP solar tower of its kind in the US. While equally heroic, the SunTower is more technologically advanced than Archimedes attempts; instead of bronze shields, it uses 24,000 mirrors angled by sophisticated computer algorithms to concentrate the sun’s energy, [...]

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Process to Clean Wastewater and Generate Electricity Using a Modified Microbial Fuel Cell

Monday, August 10, 2009 7:41 No Comments

New researcher conducted by an international team of researchers from U.S. and China have developed a process that cleans wastewater and generates electricity. Clean water for drinking, washing and industrial uses is a scarce resource in some parts of the world.

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Energy Scavenging Microbes Use Mud for Electricity

Thursday, August 6, 2009 6:01 No Comments

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have discovered a microbe called Geobacter that generates electricity when placed in wastewater and mud. Geobacter’s hairlike pili are extremely fine, only 3 to 5 nanometers in diameter or about 20,000 times finer than a human hair, and more than a thousand times longer than they are wide.

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Plastic Material That Could Convert Light to Electricity Could Have a Big Impact on Solar Technology

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 9:03 1 Comment

Scientists the world over are striving to develop organic solar cells that can be produced easily and inexpensively as thin films that could be widely used to generate electricity.

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Kinetic Energy Generated from Marching Soldiers to be Converted into Energy

Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:37 No Comments

Researchers at the University of Leeds aims to develop a system that can harness kinetic energy from marching soldiers. The $1.5 million plan will focus on finding a way to convert human energy into usable power for military field applications. It is part of the larger “battery-free soldier” project that also includes development of solar [...]

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World’s First Completely Zero-Emission Race Car Powered by Electricity

Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:00 No Comments

A team of students at the University of Hertfordshire has raced the world’s first completely electric Formula Student racing car and won this month’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers Formula Student competition.

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Wind farm capable of producing 20GW of electrical power

Friday, June 26, 2009 8:47 3 Comments

China’s officials said that until 2020, the country will build a huge wind farm in the northwest, having an energy capacity similar to the gigantic Three Gorges Dam. Feng Jianshen, a vice governor of Gansu province, told reporters that the province planned to expand the installed capacity of its wind power base to more than [...]

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Tiny Biological Fuel Cells Being Developed at University of Georgia

Saturday, June 20, 2009 8:46 No Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia ave developed a successful way to grow molecular wire brushes that conduct electricity, a first step in developing biological fuel cells that could power prosthetic limbs, pacemakers and cochlear implants.

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A New Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Achieves 63% Efficiency

Thursday, June 18, 2009 2:11 No Comments

NGK Insulators Ltd developed a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that achieved a lower heating value (LHV) of 63%, one of the highest in the world and uses hydrogen gas as fuel. The SOFC features an operating temperature of 800°C and  a power output of 700W.

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