Nanotechnology in Energy Videos

Nanotechnology in Energy Videos
New Zealand's top emerging scientist John Watt describes how his reserach could lead to cleaner car emissions.
By exploiting the powers of nanotechnology and taking advantage of non-toxic, Earth-abundant materials, Berkeley Lab's Cyrus Wadia has fabricated new solar cell devices that have the potential to be several orders of magnitude less expensive than conventional solar cells. And by mastering the chemistry of these materials-and the economics of solar energy-he envisions bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion people now living without it.
Dr. Christopher Matranga explains capabilities and uses of two specialized research instruments. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE’s national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
Tom Jaramillo, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford, discusses technical advances in nano-materials that enable the direct production of hydrocarbon, alcohol, and hydrogen fuels from sunlight, water, and atmospheric CO2.
Dyesol produces the highest quality materials for Dye Solar Cells. They are the industry leader of DSC Technology, and are ever moving forward in the industry. In basic realization a Dye Solar Cell comprises a layer of nano-particulate titania (Titanium Dioxide) formed on a transparent electrically conducting substrate and photosensitized by a monolayer of dye. An electrolyte, based on an Iodide - Tri-iodide redox system is placed between the layer of photosensitized titania and a second electrically conducting catalytic substrate.
Learn how solar photovoltaic cells can work for you at home by generating your own power by harnessing the energy from the sun.
Innovalight is redefining solar energy manufacturing. Using high precision inkjet manufacturing, Innovalight will replace many of the costly manufacturing steps required to make solar modules today. The end product is a high efficiency, low-cost and highly reliable silicon based solar module which will bring solar energy to the masses.
Learn about where our energy comes from, which energy sources are running out, and how nanotechnology is helping us find cleaner, safer, and renewable sources of energy to fuel our future.
World's first 1GW solar production tool. Breakthrough in the production of solar electricity cells: Simply printed (using ink with semiconductor nanoparticles).

This video from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry features an interview with Professor Jim Hutchison from the University of Oregon. Professor Hutchison looks at the production storage and use of energy and how it is set to be changed by nanotechnology.

Boston College physics professors Mike Naughton and Kris Kempa discuss their department's new research into ultra-thin solar cells in which they were able to observe the hot electron effect for the first time and then capture the elusive charges, which typically lose their energy to heat. The nanotechnology device could open a potential avenue to improved solar power efficiency in so-called 3rd Generation solar technology.
Kyushu Institute of Technology research group proposes using ethanol as a direct fuel in next-generation fuel cells.
This video shows in detail how multi walled and single walled Carbon Nanotubes are produced. Example applications are provided of aligned nanotubes in flat screen displays, hydrogen storage for automobiles and the potential for nanotube switching in microelectronics
MicroGen Systems is developing a product that will scavenge energy from naturally occurring vibration (e.g. a vibrating car), and extend the lifetime of rechargeable batteries or replace them all together for low power meshed and non-meshed wireless sensor network (WS) applications.
Learn about where our energy comes from, which energy sources are running out, and how nanotechnology is helping us find cleaner, safer, and renewable sources of energy to fuel our future.
As we become a more technologically advanced society, we place an ever increasing demand on our natural resources to produce power. Scientists are utilizing the latest advancements in nanotechnology to develop alternative energy sources. SciFinder explores innovative trends, such as carbon nanotube technology, that could help create solutions for the worlds energy question.
Nanotech correspondent Alex Fiorentino explains how scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden have designed a new battery that recharges extremely quickly and weighs almost nothing. The secret: common pond algae. Watch this videocast to learn more.
A new process for catching gas from the environment and holding it indefinitely in molecular-sized containers has been developed by a team of University of Calgary researchers, who say it represents a novel method of gas storage that could yield benefits for capturing, storing and transporting gases more safely and efficiently.
This video is an introduction to the nanotechnology based study of alternative energy sources. Researchers use ground-breaking atomic imaging techniques to view hydrogen atoms moving on a specialized surface.
Video report from Reuters on production and efficiency developments in solar cell manufacturing from Evergreen Solar
This video is an electronic presentation of the research paper "Nanotechnology for Alternative Energy Sources in the Developing World" originally presented in April 2008
Why watch catalysts in action? Berkeley Lab's Miquel Salmeron and Gabor Somorjai discuss how a ringside seat to fundamental chemistry could lead to more efficient catalysts, cleaner skies, and less industrial waste.
Like astronomers tweaking images to gain a more detailed glimpse of distant stars, physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have found ways to sharpen images of the energy spectra in high-temperature superconductors - materials that carry electrical current effortlessly when cooled below a certain temperature. These new imaging methods confirm that the electron pairs needed to carry current emerge above the transition temperature, before superconductivity sets in, but only in a particular direction.
Nanotechnology could provide the answer to world's electricity needs in the form of a new kind of solar cell, one which would be relatively inexpensive to manufacture and highly flexible in design.

This video from mPhase/AlwaysReady, Inc. shows the successful demonstration of the manual activation of its revolutionary lithium based Smart NanoBattery in front of a live audience at the 7th Annual NanoBusiness Alliance Conference and Exhibition, the leading nanotechnology trade association, at the Marriot Marquis hotel in Times Square, New York City.

Dr. Christropher Matranga discusses nanotechnology research at "the ENERGY lab." The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE’s national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
Penn State researchers across dozens of fields -- materials sciences, earth and mineral sciences, nanotechnology and many others --are working hard to offer solutions to the nation's energy needs and to invent the future. An investment in Penn State research can pay off because we can address the most complex issues.
Hoping to leave today's silicon solar cells behind, the Palo Alto company Nanosolar is creating paper-thin solar panels harnessing nanotechnology, a product that could revolutionize solar power.
The new virus-produced batteries have the same energy capacity and power performance as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries being considered to power plug-in hybrid cars, and they could also be used to power a range of personal electronic devices, said Angela Belcher, the MIT materials scientist who led the research team.
This video looks at a nanotechnology enhanced capacitor and energy solutions from MIT. The capacitor, known as the Ultra Capacitor, is a potential electricity source for powering the electric vehicles of the future.
NEC Nano Electronics Research Laboratories exhibited a thin, organic radical battery at the nano tech 2009 show. NEC anticipates that thin, flexible organic radical batteries will help to achieve higher performance levels in IC cards and other electronic components. Possible applications that take advantage of the high output characteristic include use in LED flashlights.
Prof. Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia Tech tells MaterialsViews.com about his work on portable energy generation using nanopiezotronics.
Laboratory testing of NanoBionics SandGuard treated sand that can assist in the oil spill clean-up effort. Each grain of sand is covered by bionic nanotechnology structures that are 50,000 times smaller than a typical human hair.
Reuters is reporting Triumph's latest solar bra aims to put a photovoltaic charge into undergarment demand - or at least a cellphone. Featuring a built-in solar panel, the bra captures and redistributes the sun's bounty and can generate enough energy to power a cell phone or an iPod.
The Nano Renewable Energy Summit is a gathering of world-renowned experts at the intersection of solar energy and nanotechnology, with a specific focus on the business, commercialization, and economic development potential of emerging technologies in the renewable energy and sustainability sectors.
The talk presented by Paul Alivisatos, co-leader of Berkeley Lab's Helios Project, describes using nanotechnology in the efficient capture of sunlight and its conversion to electricity to drive economical fuel production processes.
Imagine if a piece of paper powered your cell phone or cd player. That's the latest piece of amazing technology that researhcers at RPI, New York have come up with. The new battery, that looks like a piece of paper could one day provide a lightweight power source for electronics and other devices. The prototype square battery would be printed like a newspaper.
Naomi Halas says nanotechnology could cure cancer; Gerhard Knies explains how the sun could give us all clean energy.
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have now taken a critical step towards this goal with the discovery that nano-sized crystals of cobalt oxide can effectively carry out the critical photosynthetic reaction of splitting water molecules.
Not only are panels expensive to install, they capture only the visible portion of the sun's rays so they work only on sunny days. Ted's focus is the infrared portion of the sun's rays which accounts for more than half of all solar energy. What's more, infrared energy is available to us even in cloudy weather.
The Fujihara Lab is researching ceramic materials that have optical functions.This is a unique field called optical energy materials science. The aim is to make ceramics that play a role in optical wavelength modulation and photoelectric conversion, in order to develop ceramics that are more functional and environment-friendly.
Michael Bruce, senior advisor for finance in DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said bringing in specialists in business development when working on public-private collaborations is more effective than the "technology incubators" commonly created by academic institutions working with private industry.
Dr. Alan Heager of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and developer of power plastic photovoltaics, dreams of bringing solar power of every one. Dr. Heager explains, 'The sun is shining. The energy that we receive from the sun in one hour here on the earth is sufficient to handle the energy needs of the planet for a year.' He has developed technology which removes the expense of producing solar cells, making them affordable for every person on the planet to cheaply own.
A video clip showing how surface treatment with Fricso polymer materials can help reduce friction and energy consumption and hence reducing running and maintenance costs. This technology allows friction reduction and energy consumption by treating metal surface on existing production line. A nano layer deposition with oil retaining capabilities is created.
This video from KQED looks at developments made by Palo Alto company Nanosolar. Nanosolar are creating paper-thin solar panels harnessing nanotechnology, a product that could revolutionize solar power.
Researchers at Georgia Tech, which conducted the demonstration, predict nanoscale piezoelectric energy generators could power mobile phones and other handhelds using the energy harvested from the environment.
This video is a VermontPublicTV production presenting Walter Varhue, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Vermont, as he proposes to use materials at the nanoscale to create cheap, clean energy from water and sunlight sourced hydrogen
Nanotechnology or nanoscience deals with science and technology on the nanoscale (one billionth of a meter!). It is a field that is rapidly developing and will be at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation in the 21st century.
This Discussion looks at who is using nanotechnology and MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) to create viable solar energy, cheaper and cleaner water treatment, better batteries, and what other green innovations are being furthered by nanotech and MEMS?
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