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Regenerative walking technology strides into field trials

Regenerative walking technology strides into field trials

May 31, 2016 United States
The PowerWalk is a light-weight, leg-mounted exoskeleton designed to accommodate a soldier's full range of motion and harvest energy from the natural action of walking, in much the same way regenerative braking works in hybrid cars.
New concept turns battery technology upside-down

New concept turns battery technology upside-down

May 30, 2016 United States
A new approach to the design of a liquid battery, using a passive, gravity-fed arrangement similar to an old-fashioned hourglass, could offer great advantages due to the system's low cost and the simplicity of its design and operation.
Harnessing solar and wind energy in one device

Harnessing solar and wind energy in one device

May 27, 2016 China
Researchers have integrated two energy harvesting technologies in one: a silicon solar cell and a nanogenerator that can convert wind energy into electrical output.
First semi-transparent  perovskite modules

First semi-transparent perovskite modules

May 27, 2016 Belgium
The first-ever semi-transparent perovskite PV-module, achieving power conversion efficiencies up to 12%.
Battery power even in freezing cold

Battery power even in freezing cold

May 26, 2016 Japan
Transporting power sources in the coldest places may be easier with a new re-chargeable, non-metallic battery from Japan.
Discovery could energize development of longer-lasting batteries

Discovery could energize development of longer-lasting batteries

May 25, 2016 United States
A researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones.
Solar cells of the future could be based on iron molecules

Solar cells of the future could be based on iron molecules

May 24, 2016 Sweden
Researchers have successfully explained how iron-based dyes work on a molecular level in solar cells. The new findings will accelerate the development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells.
Nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

Nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

May 23, 2016
Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial, opening new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells that could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity.
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Silicon Carbide vs Gallium Nitride Power Devices: Which Win?

Silicon Carbide vs Gallium Nitride Power Devices: Which Win?

May 20, 2016
Playing with the thermostat in two dimensions

Playing with the thermostat in two dimensions

May 20, 2016 Netherlands, United Kingdom
Researchers have now, for the first time, directly detected the Peltier effect in graphene that is either one or two atoms thick.
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ZigBee Alliance welcomes 38 new members to drive IoT forward

ZigBee Alliance welcomes 38 new members to drive IoT forward

May 20, 2016 United States
The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things, has announced 38 new members have joined since the beginning of 2016.
Milestone in solar cell efficiency

Milestone in solar cell efficiency

May 19, 2016 Australia
Australian engineers have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion by photovoltaic cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record.
Melanin could make for great batteries

Melanin could make for great batteries

May 18, 2016 United States
A team of researchers has discovered that the chemical structure of melanin on a macromolecular scale exhibits, amongst other shapes, a four-membered ring—in other words, a chemical structure that may be conducive to creating certain kinds of batteries based on natural melanin pigments.