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Using Yazami’s new technique could charge an EV battery in just ten minutes. (Image Credit: Waldemar Brandt/Unsplash)   Dr. Rachid Yazami believes his invention, a graphite anode that allows lithium-ion batteries to achieve high performance, could quickly charge an EV battery with a newfound technique. It all started in the mid-1970s when scientists realized that graphene could allow molten or powered lithium to serve as an energy storage material. However, they couldn’t make i ...
Six Central Solenoid modules in the fabrication process. The first module is located on the far right. (Image Credit: General Atomics)   General Atomics announced that the Central Solenoid's first module is heading to France after ten years of design and development. The world's most powerful magnet is a key component of ITER, a machine replicating the sun's fusion power, currently being built by a 35-national international coalition. The goal is to generate nuclear fusion power on a large ...
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory announced that its SSPIDR project received the Helios component for the Arachne spacecraft. (Image Credit: U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory)   Some old news, but I still like the concept. Worth talking about. It’s some serious science fiction come to life.   The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced that its Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research (SSPIDR) project received a component named Helios for its Ara ...
AeroDelft recently unveiled the prototype of Phoenix PT, which is set to take flight this July. (Image Credit: AeroDelft)   An AeroDelft team of 50 students from Delft University in the Netherlands built a prototype of an aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen. Called Phoenix PT, the aircraft does not emit any harmful emissions and is expected to take flight in July 2020. Last September, Delft University demonstrated its Flying V prototype, which is more fuel-efficient compared to traditional ...
Whenever you visit a shopping center or cinema or basically any public building you might notice illuminated emergency exit signs telling you the way out in case of an incident. As such an incident might cause the mains power supply to stop working, at least in Europe there are requirements that these emergency exit lights need to keep running with a backup battery that is typically inside the light unit itself. Of course it's not enough that these lights exist - they also need to be regularly i ...
Image showing the synthesis scheme for the pristine and densified materials. (Image Credit: The Authors. Advanced Science published by Wiley-VCH GmbH)   Why aren't supercaps in more devices? Like IoT things least?   Researchers from Imperial College London and University College London (UCL) developed an inexpensive, sustainable, and energy-dense electric material for supercapacitors that power electric vehicles. Ultimately, the team believes this high-power, quick charging electric ...
One Wind Catching grid turbine could provide 80,000 European homes with power. (Image Credit: Wind Catching Systems)   Wind Catching Systems (WCS), a Norwegian company, recently unveiled a floating wind turbine array capable of generating five times the annual energy of the world’s largest turbines. This could significantly reduce costs, allowing it to compete with grid prices. WCS also says the technology reduces acreage use by over 80%. It received investments from North Energy and ...
Two electric tankers are expected to be equipped with a massive 3.5 MWh battery pack. (Image Credit: Asahi Tanker)   Even though there is much ongoing effort to help the environment by making cars emissions-free, oil tankers and cargo ships are responsible for massively contributing to the planet’s pollution. When transitioning to cleaner mobility, it’s important to include ships and tankers that emit the same amount of pollution as millions of cars put together. That’s w ...

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