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Innovation


Discovery

Energy Harvesting Journal

  • UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars.

  • Nanostructures optimize light absorption in black butterflies - principle can be transferred to photovoltaics for improving light harvesting in thin-film solar cells.

  • Novel structures made with DNA scaffolds could be used to create solar-powered materials.

  • Researchers have developed a flexible material that generates electricity when stressed. In future, it might be used as a sensor, integrated into clothing or even implanted in the human body, for instance, to power a pacemaker.

  • The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signaling that "smart" greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production.

  • Gaildorf - near Stuttgart - is now home of the world's tallest wind turbine. With a hub height of 178 meters and a total height of 264.5 meters, this wind turbine sets new standards for the energy transition. Furthermore, it is part of a unique storage concept - the water battery.

  • A scale-up of tidal energy projects aims to expand capacity, improve reliability and prove their worth to investors as a renewable energy source.

  • Intellectual suits, fitted with large-area textile sensors, can detect temperature, ph levels, pressure and other indicators that show the health status of a person. By wireless transmission, those signals can be sent to a cellphone, a computer, or even to a doctor's computer a thousand miles away, so a person's health can be monitored anytime and anywhere.

  • Engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology.

  • Automobili Lamborghini in collaboration with two laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology marks the first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric super sports car.

  • This technology allows paved areas, such as freeways, airport runways and parking lots to generate electricity, which can be used in rural areas for powering signage and data collection systems independently of the electric grid.

  • A two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel has been created by researchers who printed living cyanobacteria and circuitry onto paper.

  • Over 3,000 attendees, 250 exhibitors and 240 speakers will converge at the Santa Clara Convention Center on November 15-16 for the IDTechEx Show!

  • The batteries we use every day may soon become cheaper, smaller and lighter. Researchers have discovered a family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes.

  • Smart 3D-printed braces that incorporate nontoxic batteries and lights could reduce the time and costs involved in realigning and straightening teeth.