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'Bulletproof' Battery: Kevlar Membrane for Safer, Thinner Lithium Rechargeables

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:59:25 EST

New battery technology should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013. The innovation is an advanced barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/btOrQGtiXN0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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First public lighting system that runs on solar and wind energy

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:58:19 EST

Scientists have developed the first autonomous industrialized public lighting system that works with solar and wind energy.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/JAIqN6ipQg4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Glass for battery electrodes

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:15:33 EST

Today's lithium-ion batteries are good, but not good enough if our future energy system is to rely on electrical power. Chemists and materials scientists have now developed a type of glass that can be used as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries -- likely making a vast improvement in these batteries' capacity and energy density.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/bz37SMRJoXM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Chemist one step closer to a new generation of electric car battery

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:55:31 EST

An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/RCK3zxSMb64" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Compact batteries enhanced by spontaneous silver matrix formations

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:13:13 EST

A conductive silver matrix forming inside an otherwise poorly performing battery enhances its efficiency and potential applications. X-rays revealed where, when, and how these nanoscale "bridges" emerge.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/nTjMKt_WhfY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Possible avenue to better electrolyte for lithium ion batteries

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:06:02 EST

Researchers carried out the first X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a model electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries and may have found a pathway forward to improving LIBs for electric vehicles and large-scale electrical energy storage.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/1u98uaFsoGU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Improving rechargeable batteries by focusing on graphene oxide paper

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:45:56 EST

An engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/3YSV1qBOzEo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Getting bot responders into shape

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:09:29 EST

Scientists are tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency. They are developing technology that will dramatically improve the endurance of legged robots, helping them operate for long periods while performing the types of locomotion most relevant to disaster response scenarios.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/yfOzNn3jtqs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Smart window that tints and powers itself invented

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:43:31 EST

Scientists have developed a smart window which can darken or brighten without the need for an external power source.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/kk282pvcHYM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Future batteries: Lithium-sulfur with a graphene wrapper

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:27:42 EST

What do you get when you wrap a thin sheet of the "wonder material" graphene around a novel multifunctional sulfur electrode that combines an energy storage unit and electron/ion transfer networks? An extremely promising electrode structure design for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/sbVxijF9q7Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Low-grade waste heat regenerates ammonia battery

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:53:22 EST

An efficient method to harvest low-grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries, according to engineers. Low-grade waste heat is an artifact of many energy-generating methods. In automobiles, waste heat generated in winter is diverted to run the vehicle heating system, but in the summer, that same waste heat must be dissipated to the environment.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/2T3gMhscJpY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Lengthening life of high capacity silicon electrodes in rechargeable lithium batteries with novel rubber-like coating

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:49:47 EST

A new study will help researchers create longer-lasting, higher-capacity lithium rechargeable batteries, which are commonly used in consumer electronics. Researchers have shown how a coating that makes high capacity silicon electrodes more durable could lead to a replacement for lower-capacity graphite electrodes.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/h3KKHLhiHB0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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New electrolyte for construction of magnesium-sulfur batteries

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:21:50 EST

Scientists have now developed an electrolyte that may be used for the construction of magnesium-sulfur battery cells. With magnesium, higher storage densities could be achieved than with lithium. Moreover, magnesium is abundant in nature, it is non-toxic, and does not degrade in air.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/WGX1gjgzsJ8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Matched 'hybrid' systems may hold key to wider use of renewable energy

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:42:43 EST

The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to 'match' different forms of alternative energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity, researchers say in a new report.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/QbO3E34aH04" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:16:29 EST

Engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/g1a1g4JBN9E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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'Forests' of carbon nanotubes grown on 3-D substrates

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:01:36 EST

Researchers are growing vertically aligned “forests” of carbon nanotubes on three-dimensional (3-D) conductive substrates to explore their potential use as a cathode in next-gen lithium batteries.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/Ic7ai1vnzAk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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A billion holes can make a battery

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:42:27 EST

Researchers have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/gBm7Fq3NbA8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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New technique for generating electricity

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:34:00 EST

Research scientists have demonstrated a new technique for generating electrical energy. The new method can be used in harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. Energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical implants, where they could ultimately replace batteries. In the future, energy harvesters can open up new opportunities in many application areas such as wearable electronics.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/N8iSvwZQyBM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Panel-powered car under development

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:42:18 EST

A car powered by its own body panels could soon be driving on our roads after a recent breakthrough in nanotechnology research. Researchers have developed lightweight 'supercapacitors' that can be combined with regular batteries to dramatically boost the power of an electric car.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/dNVuh1VQunA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Jet-fueled electricity at room temperature: Fuel cell can run without high heat

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:37:53 EST

Engineers have now developed the first room-temperature fuel cell that uses enzymes to help jet fuel produce electricity without needing to ignite the fuel. These new fuel cells can be used to power portable electronics, off-grid power and sensors.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/KMEfn_AkEpA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Chemists gain edge in next-gen energy: Flexible film can catalyze production of hydrogen

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 08:38:47 EST

Scientists have created a flexible film with the ability to catalyze the production of hydrogen or be used for energy storage. They have turned molybdenum disulfide's two-dimensional form into a nanoporous film that can catalyze the production of hydrogen or be used for energy storage.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/W9_PQx02Iv8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Putting batteries in a kidsafe coat of armor

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:19:23 EST

Researchers have developed a simple 'coat of armor' to encase small batteries, rendering them harmless if they are ever swallowed.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/vMq4FiaJfKM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Functional nanomaterials to advance vehicle battery tech

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:05:25 EDT

Toyota scientists will collaborate with Brookhaven Lab experts and use world-leading electron microscopes to explore the real-time electrochemical reactions in promising new batteries.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/y-lQ3jLv83A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Postcards from the plasma edge: How lithium conditions the volatile edge of fusion plasmas

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:26:12 EDT

For magnetic fusion energy to fuel future power plants, scientists must find ways to control the interactions that take place between the volatile edge of the plasma and the walls that surround it in fusion facilities. Such interactions can profoundly affect conditions at the superhot core of the plasma in ways that include kicking up impurities that cool down the core and halt fusion reactions.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/EPOB4a1XCOk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Helping upgrade the U.S. power grid: Advanced power-conversion switch

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:26:08 EDT

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The proposed switch could contribute to a more advanced and reliable electric grid and help to lower utility bills.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/wP2Lax53D7c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Lithium injections show promise for optimizing the performance of fusion plasmas

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:48:28 EDT

Experiments have now demonstrated the ability of lithium injections to transiently double the temperature and pressure at the edge of the plasma and delay the onset of instabilities and other transients.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/LDA7JMjTjsQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Tracking heat-driven decay in leading electric vehicle batteries

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:12:20 EDT

In a new study, scientists reveal the atomic-scale structural and electronic degradations that plague some rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and make them vulnerable during high-temperature operations.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/DPuI4NDzpY8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Li-ion batteries contain toxic halogens, but environmentally friendly alternatives exist

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:19:17 EDT

Physics researchers have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries -- commonly found in consumer electronic devices -- are superhalogens, and that the vast majority of these electrolytes contain toxic halogens.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/Nu4oH07entw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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World's fastest manufacture of battery electrodes

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:10:02 EDT

New world record: Scientists have increased the manufacturing speed of electrode foils coated batch-wise by a factor of three – to 100 meters per minute. This was achieved by a flexible slot die process that enables production of any pattern with high precision and at high speeds. Thanks to the patented new technology, electrode foil production speed is increased by a factor of 3. As a result, lithium-ion batteries can be manufactured at much lower costs.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/-GE-XmlRzFc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:01:09 EDT

Scientists have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/batteries/~4/i9vtQGW1nF0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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