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Flexible Triboelectric Nanogenerator Fabric Harnesses Human Motion to Generate Energy

Flexible Triboelectric Nanogenerator Fabric Harnesses Human Motion to Generate Energy

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets' versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be overcome. In the journal ACS Nano, scientists report the first durable, flexible cloth that harnesses human motion to generate energy. It can also self-charge batteries or supercapacitors without an external power source and make new commercial and medical applications possible. [More]
Pristine Graphene Incorporated into Carbon-Based Materials to Make Stronger, Lighter Solar Cells

Pristine Graphene Incorporated into Carbon-Based Materials to Make Stronger, Lighter Solar Cells

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. [More]

N1 Technologies Files for Patent on Nano-Engineered Lithium Tungsten Battery

The directors and management of N1 Technologies Inc. has filed for a patent on their revolutionary nano engineered Lithium Tungsten Battery. The patent improves upon the current lithium ion battery technology by adding T... [More]
Researchers Stabilize Carbon for Lithium-Air Batteries Using Nano-Coatings

Researchers Stabilize Carbon for Lithium-Air Batteries Using Nano-Coatings

To power a car so it can travel hundreds of miles at a time, lithium-ion batteries of the future are going to have to hold more energy without growing too big in size. [More]
Researchers Demonstrate Significant Increase in Solar Cell Efficiency Using Silicon Micro-Funnels

Researchers Demonstrate Significant Increase in Solar Cell Efficiency Using Silicon Micro-Funnels

A biological structure in mammalian eyes has inspired a team headed by Silke Christiansen to design an inorganic counterpart for use in solar cells. With the help of conventional semiconductor processes, they etched micron-sized vertical funnels shoulder-to-shoulder in a silicon substrate. [More]
Power Cables Infused with Carbon Nanoballs Show Potential for Sustainable Energy Development

Power Cables Infused with Carbon Nanoballs Show Potential for Sustainable Energy Development

Chalmers University researchers have enhanced the voltage level of the insulation plastic employed in high-voltage cables by 26 % with the addition of nano-sized carbon balls. This discovery enables significant improvement in the efficiency gains of the power grids, resulting in the development of a sustainable energy system. [More]
K-State Engineer Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research on Nanosheets

K-State Engineer Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research on Nanosheets

A prestigious award will support a Kansas State University engineer's research on nanosheets and will help organize educational activities for high school students and teachers. [More]
Researchers Isolate Single Manganese Oxide Nanowire as Li-Ion Battery's Functional Electrode Element

Researchers Isolate Single Manganese Oxide Nanowire as Li-Ion Battery's Functional Electrode Element

A Virginia Commonwealth University professor has received a five-year, $505,000 award from the National Science Foundation to make lithium-ion batteries -- which power electric vehicles and portable electronic devices -- far more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. [More]
KAIST Researchers Propose New Piezoelectric ZnO/AlN Stacked Layers for Flexible Nanogenerators

KAIST Researchers Propose New Piezoelectric ZnO/AlN Stacked Layers for Flexible Nanogenerators

Today, we’re surrounded by a variety of electronic devices that are moving increasingly closer to us – we can attach and wear them, or even implant electronics inside our bodies. [More]
Ultra-Thin Nanomaterial Advances Lithium-Sulphur Battery Technology for Electric Vehicles

Ultra-Thin Nanomaterial Advances Lithium-Sulphur Battery Technology for Electric Vehicles

An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by Waterloo scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles. [More]
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