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QuantumScape says it has developed a new battery technology that could be utilized in EVs by 2025, and it has more advantages over lithium-ion. (Image Credit: QuantumScape)   QuantumScape, a 10-year old startup based in California, says it has resolved issues with lithium. Volkswagen is expected to use pure metallic lithium in car batteries by 2025. QuantumScape also announced that it would be going public using a SPAC to list on the New York Stock Exchange in the fourth quarter. The post- ...
The orange-tinted solar panels could be utilized in the future, allowing farmers to generate electricity while producing vegetables. (Image Credit: University of Cambridge)   In the future, farmers could grow their crops indoors underneath tinted semi-transparent solar panels, allowing them to generate electricity while growing vegetables. This is what researchers at the University of Cambridge have already achieved, and they say it could result in larger profits for farmers and maximize ...
Painting a blade black can dramatically reduce the number of birds killed by wind turbines by up to 70%. (Image Credit: May et al. ./Ecology and Evolution/Wiley Online Library)   The number of birds killed by wind turbines per year could be drastically reduced by painting one of the blades black.  In a new study conducted at a wind farm in Norway, Smøla, researchers discovered that changing the color of a blade from white to black reduces birth deaths by up to 70 percent.   ...
Northvolt’s factory, which is under construction, is set to be complete next year. The company is aiming to  (Image Credit: Northvolt)   European battery makers are getting ready to take advantage of huge “green” stimulus packages unveiled since the coronavirus pandemic. However, many recognize that it will be difficult to match the Asian battery giants that are currently dominating the mainstream market.   Companies like Sweden’s Northvolt and France&# ...
To create the material, the thin film is deposited via a pulsed-laser deposition process in the chamber. The bright plume represents the laser hitting the target and depositing the material. (Image Credit: Lane Martin, Berkeley Lab)   Even though capacitors are capable of rapidly storing and discharging electricity, they often have low energy densities compared to fuel cells or batteries. Supercaps and Ultracaps are a step in the right direction. However, researchers at the U.S. Department ...
A research team has developed a method to turn common red bricks into an energy storage solution. (Image credit: University of Washington)   The growth of solar panels and wind turbine energy solutions may be great for renewable energy, but it poses a new problem: what do you do with the excess electricity? Some solutions include battery banks, fast-spinning flywheels, and underground vaults of air. One team of researchers has an unconventional solution that may work. All you need is a lot ...
The researchers successfully demonstrated the new zinc-air battery in the scorpion and worm toy robots. (Image Credit: University of Michigan)   Current stand-alone batteries are inefficient, too large, add significant mass to any robot design, and need a strong structure for support. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new type of zinc-air battery that can be integrated into the robot’s structure. It also reduces weight and takes up less space in addition ...
Researchers could make the conversion from solar energy to hydrogen fuel more efficient by using the machinery of photosynthesis. (Image Credit: Clay Banks, Unsplash)   Scientists from the Israel Institute of Technology have achieved record efficiency for solar-to-fuel conversion. Now, the team wants to integrate a photosynthesis device into the process to produce more efficient results. The team presented their findings at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & ...
Image shows the first piece of the tokamak being lowered. The reactor is expected to weigh 23,000 tonnes once the 5-year assembly phase is complete. (Image Credit: ITER)   On July 28th, engineers in southern France began the five-year assembly phase of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). This is the world’s largest fusion project, which is expected to operate in late 2025, generating 500MW of thermal fusion energy. Development was supposed to start in 1985, b ...
In the first breakthrough, scientists discovered a way to convert invisible light into high energy light. The other breakthrough allows for the production of more efficient, less costly solar panels. (Image Credit: pixabay)   Scientists have discovered two major breakthroughs in solar cell technology, enabling them to use invisible light from the sun to generate electricity. These new discoveries make the conversion cheaper and more efficient. The breakthroughs were published in Nature En ...
CAISO connects the largest battery to the power grid CAISO connected the largest battery storage in the US to California’s power grid, adding 62.5 megawatts of capacity to the grid. (Image Credit: Matthew Henry, Unsplash)   The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) connected the largest battery storage in the US to California’s power grid in June. It added 62.5 megawatts of storage interconnection to the ISO grid when the initial phase of LS Power Group’s Gate ...
A team of researchers in Singapore found a way to make smartphones batteries last almost forever?   Smartphones improved our lives in countless ways since their introduction. However, their numerous functions created a new concern for users: the life of the battery. Some of the causes of rapid energy depletion in smartphones include the processor, the length of screen activity, and, more importantly, the exchange of data. Indeed, the beauty of having a smartphone is that it can perform some ...
Professor Aguey Zinsou holds up the metal materials that could store hydrogen in a solid-state. (Image Credit: Janie Barrett)   Using low-cost hydrogen storage to power homes and businesses may soon become a reality if new technology makes a quick transition from the lab. Researchers at the University of NSW in Australia have developed metal alloys that can store excess electricity in the form of hydrogen at a less costly price than lithium batteries.   "You can call me an alchemist ...
The chitin ingredient found in shrimp shells has been used by researchers at MIT to develop new electrode components for vanadium flow batteries. (Image Credit: Arina Ertman, Unsplash)   Poor shrimps… about to harvested more than ever. The modern world is mostly dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Still, when it comes to renewable energy, scientists think there is a lot of potential in a novel alternative called vanadium flow batteries. Researchers at MIT have extracted chitin from ...
Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd created a new battery for electric vehicles that will take the electric cars sector to new heights. Sign of CATL in front of company building. (Image credit: CATL)   The most important part, and the source of anxiety in buyers, of electric vehicles is the battery. Many companies have been competing to put on the market an electric vehicle with the longest-lasting battery. The issue is that the battery of an electric vehicle (EV) is expensive to produce a ...