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Researchers created this tiny Lithium-ion battery using the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) method in a single print by exchanging the filament at specific layer heights, and then vacuum filled with an electrolyte. (Image credit: Duke/Texas State University)   Researchers from Duke and Texas State University have designed a way to 3D print Lithium-ion batteries in nearly any shape imaginable. One of the challenges manufacturers face today, is that mobile devices, electric vehicles, and we ...
Solar Chernobyl’s Solar Farm covers 1.6 hectares of land, uses 3762 solar modules, and produces 1-megawatts of power. (Image credit: Solar Chernobyl)   During the night of April 26 (1986), workers at the No. 4 light water nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant performed a safety test that simulated a station-wide power blackout, and safety systems were intentionally turned off to test the plant’s backup safety systems.   Unfortunately, the plant itself was ...
A rechargeable zinc battery will be a cheaper and safer alternative to the standard lithium-ion batteries. NantEnergy’s rechargeable zinc battery. (Photo from NantEnergy)   Lithium-ion batteries are important when it comes to powering electric cars and storing energy created by solar panels and wind turbines. But they still have their fair share of issues, such as their vulnerability to fires and explosions, their use of scarce minerals, and how expensive they are. Zinc batteries wou ...