Renewable Energy Research

Mike Janes - November 05, 2014

Boosting Solar Photovoltaic Efficiency with 'Tinkertoy' Materials

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will...

Bill Scanlon - November 03, 2014

Biofuel Opportunity: Reviving Algae from the (Almost) Dead

Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again — and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide...

- October 24, 2014

Evaluating Powerful Batteries for Modular Grid Energy Storage

Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower’s GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque,...

Nancy Bazilchuk - October 22, 2014

Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel

The sea has long been a source of Norway’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude”...

Bill Scanlon - October 17, 2014

New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the...

Pam Frost Gorder - October 07, 2014

All-in-One Solution: Solar that Stores Its Own Power

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.

David Chandler - October 01, 2014

How to Make a “Perfect” Solar Absorber

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths...

Bill Scanlon - August 28, 2014

Researchers Develop Faster, Cheaper Way to Make Solar Cells

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted...

- August 25, 2014

The Power of Salt

Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT.

David Chandler - August 18, 2014

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new,...

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