Energy

Silicon, zirconium nitrides may serve as superior coatings in next-generation nuclear fuels

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2022

Tristructural isotropic coated particle fuel is expected to improve safety of nuclear reactors. Researchers led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville investigated the potential of using silicon nitride and zirconium nitride in TRISO particle fuel rather than silicon carbide.

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New recycling method and resin advance sustainability of wind turbine blades

By Lisa McDonald / April 15, 2022

Improving recyclability of wind turbine blades is essential to enhancing sustainability of the wind industry. University and industrial researchers announced two new developments in this regard last month.

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Video: DOE funds projects to reduce waste from and sustain future deployment of advanced nuclear reactors

By Lisa McDonald / March 23, 2022

On March 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $36 million for 11 projects seeking to increase deployment and use of nuclear power and limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors. Learn more about these projects and some of the arguments for and against increasing reliance on nuclear power.

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A discreet call to move beyond discrete types—researchers advocate for viewing energy storage mechanisms as a continuous spectrum

By Lisa McDonald / March 22, 2022

For decades researchers have categorized energy storage devices based on whether they behave like a battery or a supercapacitor. An international research team argues that energy storage mechanisms should be viewed as existing on a spectrum instead and that the current binary classification system could hamper development of new technologies.

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A clean way to clean green technology—novel method removes dust from solar panels using electrostatic induction

By Lisa McDonald / March 15, 2022

Cleaning solar panels currently is estimated to use about 10 billion gallons of water per year—enough to supply drinking water for up to 2 million people. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed a waterless approach for dust removal from solar panels using electrostatic induction.

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Full ceramic electrodes epitomize next step for fused filament fabrication of lithium-ion batteries

By Lisa McDonald / March 8, 2022

While fused filament fabrication has the potential to fabricate lithium-ion batteries with tailored geometries, the high amount of polymer often included in the electrodes can limit application. University of Castilla-La Mancha researchers attempted the required debinding/sintering treatment to achieve full ceramic electrodes via this additive manufacturing method.

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Video: US electric vehicle charging infrastructure poised for major expansion

By Lisa McDonald / February 16, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy announced they will begin making available the nearly $5 billion for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program. Learn more about the NEVI program and how it is just the first step toward reaching the Biden Administration’s goal of 500,000 public EV chargers by 2030.

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Video: Vessel shortage could hamper offshore wind expansion

By Lisa McDonald / February 9, 2022

As the average size of offshore wind turbines increases, the energy industry could face difficulties with installation due to a shortage of vessels capable of carrying such large equipment.

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DOE SunShot and Energy Earthshots initiatives support move toward clean energy

By Lisa McDonald / January 4, 2022

The Sunshot and Energy Earthshots initiatives by the U.S. Department of Energy are playing key roles in supporting the move toward clean and renewable energy technologies. See what these initiatives have accomplished so far and how DOE plans to expand them this year.

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Toward a renewable energy future, plus more inside January/February 2022 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / December 16, 2021

The January/February 2022 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring overviews of flow batteries and solid oxide fuel cells—is now available online. Plus—DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

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