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Eco-Friendly Technique Converts Waste into High-Performance Carbon Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Eco-Friendly Technique Converts Waste into High-Performance Carbon Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

A research team from Purdue University has developed a new eco-friendly technique to reuse the packaging waste by transforming waste packing peanuts into carbon electrodes for use in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. These high-performance electrodes have been found to be better than standard graphite electrodes. [More]
Scientists Develop Superior Flexible Solar Cell Modules and Transparent Electrodes

Scientists Develop Superior Flexible Solar Cell Modules and Transparent Electrodes

Scientists from the Empa-led EU project 'TREASORES', have demonstrated novel silver-based transparent electrodes and prototype flexible solar cell modules that are capable of performing better than materials that are currently being used. [More]
Electrically Conductive Film Holds Promise for Artificial Photosynthesis

Electrically Conductive Film Holds Promise for Artificial Photosynthesis

A group of researchers at Caltech has designed a novel electrically conductive film that provides a promising means to develop devices that can harness sunlight to change water into hydrogen fuel. [More]
New Electrolyte Eliminates Dendrites that Short-Circuit Rechargeable Batteries

New Electrolyte Eliminates Dendrites that Short-Circuit Rechargeable Batteries

Dendrites are small, pin-like fibers that can short circuit rechargeable batteries and which in turn can promote fire hazards and restrict the capability of batteries to store up renewable energy or power smart phones. Now, a novel electrolyte developed for lithium batteries removes dendrites and at the same time makes batteries highly efficient by allowing them to carry a considerable amount of electric current. Batteries that use other dendrite-restricting solutions have failed to sustain current densities and high efficiencies. The study has been described in Nature Communications. [More]
Carbon Nanotube Based Electrocatalyst Makes a Cost-Effective Substitute for Platinum

Carbon Nanotube Based Electrocatalyst Makes a Cost-Effective Substitute for Platinum

Researchers at the Aalto University in Finland have developed an efficient and cost-effective substitute for platinum in energy storage applications. [More]
Mimicking Biological Processes Helps Improve Lithium Ion Batteries

Mimicking Biological Processes Helps Improve Lithium Ion Batteries

Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have harnessed the power of natural materials to build better lithium ion batteries. [More]
Safe, Non-Flammable Electrolyte Technology for Lithium Batteries Receives VC Funding

Safe, Non-Flammable Electrolyte Technology for Lithium Batteries Receives VC Funding

Nitash Balsara, a battery scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and Joseph DeSimone of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have together discovered a non-flammable electrolyte that holds promise for safe lithium batteries. [More]
Mass Production of Flexible Organic Solar Panels with Reel-to-Reel Printing Methods

Mass Production of Flexible Organic Solar Panels with Reel-to-Reel Printing Methods

Researchers at the VTT Technical Centre of Finland have developed a new mass production method for flexible organic solar panels, based on traditional printing technology. The possibility of easily producing flexible solar panels offers a whole range of new design possibilities, with the solar panels offering aesthetic value for both the interior and exterior of buildings. [More]
Carbon Cycle Power Enters agreement with Wheeler Industries Affiliate to Demonstrate Waste-to-Value Solution

Carbon Cycle Power Enters agreement with Wheeler Industries Affiliate to Demonstrate Waste-to-Value Solution

MPM Technologies, Inc., subsidiary Carbon Cycle Power signed a lease agreement with an affiliate of Spokane Valley manufacturer Wheeler Industries, Inc., to house the demonstration unit of CCP’s waste-to-value solution — a patent-pending photon-induced, electric-arc gasification technology — that will process biomass (such as lumber mill waste and agricultural residue) and municipal solid waste for the cogeneration of heat and power. [More]
X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Model Lithium Electrolyte Provides Surprising Results

X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Model Lithium Electrolyte Provides Surprising Results

The lithium-ion batteries that mobilize our electronic devices need to be improved if they are to power electric vehicles or store electrical energy for the grid. Berkeley Lab researchers looking for a better understanding of liquid electrolyte may have found a pathway forward. A team led by Richard Saykally, a chemist with Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, David Prendergast, a theorist with Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, and Steven Harris, a chemist with the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, found surprising results in the first X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a model lithium electrolyte. [More]