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October 20, 2017
Metal supplies unlikely to seriously hamper battery use
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The dramatic rise in production of electric vehicles, coupled with expected growth in the use of grid-connected battery systems for storing electricity from renewable sources, raises a crucial question: Are there enough raw materials to enable significantly increased production of lithium-ion batteries, which are the dominant type of rechargeable batteries on the market? A new analysis by researchers at MIT and elsewhere indicates that for the near future, there will be no absolute limitations on ... read more

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The blob that ate the tokamak

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Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics

Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties

Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light

Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'

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The blob that ate the tokamak
To fuse hydrogen atoms into helium, doughnut-shaped devices called tokamaks must maintain the heat of the ultrahot plasma they control. But like boiling water, plasma has blobs, or bubbles, that per ... more
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PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from ... more
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'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting widely to the U.S. grid: They require energy-storage systems that, at t ... more
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A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Scientists have long searched for the next generation of materials that can catalyze a revolution in renewable energy harvesting and storage. One candidate appears to be metal-organic frameworks. Sc ... more
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Loops of liquid metal can improve future fusion power plants
Researchers led by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have proposed an innovative design to improve the ability of future fusion power plants to generat ... more
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Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious ... more
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Sodium could replace lithium for more cost-efficient battery storage
Researchers at Stanford University have built a sodium-based battery that can store just as much energy as a lithium-ion battery, but at a significantly reduced cost. ... more
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Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico
Tesla said Friday it was delaying the planned launch of its electric transport truck, diverting resources to step up production of its Model 3 sedan and to produce batteries for storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. ... more

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A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and is considered by many to be a potential clean fuel of the future. Water and fossil fuels contain large amounts of hydrogen, but unlocking m ... more
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Superconductivity found in thin films of titanium oxide
Many of us are familiar with titanium dioxide (TiO2), a whitener commonly used in sunscreens and paints such as the white lines seen on tennis courts. Less well known are other higher titanium oxide ... more
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New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a ... more
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Asphalt helps lithium batteries charge faster
A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. ... more
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Ultra-fast and ultra-sensitive hydrogen sensor
A KAIST team made an ultra-fast hydrogen sensor that can detect hydrogen gas levels under 1% in less than seven seconds. The sensor also can detect hundreds of parts per million levels of hydrogen g ... more
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Small scale energy harvesters show large scale impact
The production of nano-scale devices has drastically increased with the rise in technological applications, yet a major drawback to the functionality of nano-sized systems is the need for an equally ... more
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Scientists harvest electricity from tears
Sad about the battery drain on your new smartphone? A good cry might help. Scientists have found a way to harvest electricity from tears. ... more
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Research led by PPPL provides reassurance that heat flux will be manageable in ITER
A major issue facing ITER, the international tokamak under construction in France that will be the first magnetic fusion device to produce net energy, is whether the crucial divertor plates that wil ... more

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Ecosystem for near-Earth space stabilization and control

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N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers

CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US

Airmen provide exacting space operations

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Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US, says study
In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent o ... more
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Hybrid indium-lithium anodes provide fast interfacial ion transport
Novel lithium electrodes coated with indium could be the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting, rechargeable batteries. The coating hinders undesirable side-reactions between the electrode and ele ... more
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Stopping problem ice - by cracking it
Scientists and engineers have been waging a quiet but determined battle against an unlikely problem: the build-up of ice on different structures. A thin coating of ice on solar panels can wrea ... more
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Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), shows promise for sa ... more
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Corvus Energy wins contract to provide battery systems for hybrid fishing vessels
Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Norwegian maritime electronics firm Elmarin AS as the supplier of lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) for three new hybri ... more
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Innovation could mean flexible rechargeable batteries for pacemakers
Experts at Queen's University Belfast have designed a flexible and organic alternative to the rigid batteries that power up medical implants. Currently, devices such as pacemakers and defibril ... more
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UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
University of Washington researchers have demonstrated for the first time that devices that run on almost zero power can transmit data across distances of up to 2.8 kilometers - breaking a long-held ... more
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Researchers challenge status quo of battery commercialization
While more efficient, effective, and economical batteries are critical to the world's clean energy future, the path to bringing such technologies to market over the last 25 years is overwhelmingly l ... more
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