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The Department of Energy is issuing grants to build a battery infrastructure in the United States to prevent a dependence on foreign-made batteries in the coming decades.
Date: 07/27/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
In honor of the laser turning 50, this article includes a timeline of some of the more notable scientific accomplishments related to light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (laser).
Date: 06/03/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics
Battery breakthroughs could lower costs and improve performance for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, but commercializing these new technologies will be challenging.
Date: 06/29/2010
Technologies: Batteries
A test battery is connected to leads to measure its ability to store charge.
The DOE has funded a factory to produce activated carbon materials that could improve ultracapacitors for batteries and energy-storage devices, but it's not clear that battery manufacturers and automakers will have much use for the material in the next few years.
Date: 10/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
The United States emitted the smallest amount of energy-related carbon dioxide in a January-to-March stretch since 1992.
Date: 08/22/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Utilities
Using nickel as a catalyst rather than platinum could also mean less-expensive fuels cells.
Date: 12/04/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
By combining the flexibility of organic LEDs with the stability of inorganic light-emitting material, MIT faculty has developed a method of lowing the fabrication cost of robust LEDs.
Date: 06/15/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Battery prototype. Credit: Yet-Ming Chiang
A startup hopes to commercialize a novel battery design that features fluid electrodes and will hopefully make electric vehicles go farther and cost less.
Date: 05/26/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
LED start-up Illumitex launched its first product line earlier this month, a redesigned LED that emits a much more narrow and uniform beam of light than currently available.
Date: 04/16/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Investing in LED lighting could cut electricity use and reduce the US dependence on fossil fuels. The major problem is that LEDs are still too expensive for widespread consumer adoption.
Date: 08/12/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays

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