June 21st, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
It's officially summer—and that means more sun-filled days ahead. So it's only fitting that we round up the latest solar energy research news. This week, solar cells get 'greener' and thinner, and a solar power plant in Nevada keeps the energy going 24/7.
June 16th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers from BarcelonaTech in Spain are working to perfect living concrete—a layered formulation that allows photosynthetic organisms, such as mosses, lichens, and other microorganisms, to grow within the material itself.
June 13th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Eck Industries has developed a new super-strong aluminum alloy that incorporates cerium—and it just may be able to restart mining of rare-earth elements in the United States.
June 2nd, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Sandia National Lab has completed testing of a novel solar energy storage technique that uses ceramic particles to collect and store the intense heat generated from concentrated sunlight—and the results look promising.
May 27th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other affiliated institutions in the U.S. and the U.K. say they’ve “made significant inroads toward understanding a process for improving perovskites’ performance, by modifying the material using intense light,” according to an MIT news article.
May 25th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Thales Alenia Space—a French–Italian venture specializing in space communications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration, and orbital infrastructures—is developing a unique solar powered autonomous stratospheric airship.
May 4th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers at the Research Institute of Materials Science, South China University of Technology (Guangdong, China) are developing a different kind of motor—one that’s not fossil fuel-reliant and can actually help clean up pollution, not contribute to it
April 22nd, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) was held April 18–21 in Clearwater, Fla., and drew nearly 200 materials scientists, researchers, and engineers from 30 countries. And everyone seems to agree that sustainable solutions for efficient energy harvesting and storage across all industries is the ultimate goal.
April 6th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Is rice ash the key to 'greener' silica production? ACerS member Richard Laine, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, explains his new clean, cost-efficient method for large-scale manufacture of silica.
April 5th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Since GE announced its exclusivity with LED lights, it’s perhaps no surprise that the company is now rolling out spiffy new LED products. But the newest one I came across has me intrigued—LED lights that are better in sync with your circadian rhythms.