Renewable Energy Research

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,...

- August 07, 2014

Simulation Models Optimize Hydropower Potential

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB in Ilmenau are developing information technology to make water power generation...

- July 22, 2014

Steam from the Sun

A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material...

- July 07, 2014

Researchers Developing Supercomputer to Tackle Grid Challenges

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for...

Bill Scanlon - June 24, 2014

New Research Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries,...

- June 18, 2014

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Sandia National Laboratories has come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize titanium-dioxide nanoparticles and is seeking partners who can demonstrate the process at industrial scale...

- June 13, 2014

Fuel Cell Storage for the Home

Fuel cells convert natural gas directly into electrical energy. They are many times more efficient than are combustion engines, such as the car engine. These require an intermediate...

David Chandler - June 09, 2014

Seeing How Lithium-ion Battery Storage Works

New observations by researchers at MIT have revealed the inner workings of a type of electrode widely used in lithium-ion batteries. The new findings explain the unexpectedly high power...

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