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Filament made of carbon nanotubes.
Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell.
Date: 09/12/2010
The electrochemical reactions that occur inside fuel cells to generate electricity could provide a cheap way to selectively remove carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil-fuel power plants.
Date: 05/29/2013
Type: Article
The Department of Energy released a free publicly available database of actual energy performance data from more than 60,000 residential and commercial buildings; the data will allow users to identify key building energy efficiency opportunities and perform insightful statistical analyses.
Date: 06/18/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. In his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: Replacing a substantial portion of indoor lights, and the archaic bulb and socket infrastructure on which they depend, with lasers.
Date: 11/13/2013
Type: Article, News
Ford and General Electric are joining forces to push electric vehicle adoption. Their collaboration supports electric vehicles and charging stations and funds research projects to better understand driving habits of EV drivers.
Date: 11/21/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy, discusses the economic benefits of increasing the energy efficiency of household appliances. He wants to pass more aggressive minimum standards on appliances, which could make a significant dent in electricity consumption.
Date: 06/18/2012
Type: Article
The Department of Energy's new Research Support Facility on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus is now the nation's largest zero-energy office building.
Date: 07/06/2010
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded FlexTech Alliance a Cooperative Agreement to establish and manage a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics that will involve Michael Chabinyc, Tim Cheng, and Rachel Segalman.
Date: 09/01/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics
NREL researchers have built flexible solar cells from Corning's Willow glass. These type of cells could be used in place of roof shingles; the cells are strong and durable and could last decades. Solar costs could be lowered by combining the costs of roof and solar installations.
Date: 07/05/2013
Type: Article
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have been developing a thin-film, bendable, lithium-ion battery that can be used in a variety of applications. Imagine flexible gadgets that can be powered by bending them.
Date: 08/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries

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