Energy

Video: At home or on the go, EV charging innovations at CES 2023 have you covered

By Lisa McDonald / January 18, 2023

During CES 2023, which took place January 5–8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, numerous companies showcased their electric vehicle charging innovations. Today’s CTT highlights several key announcements made during the show.

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Batteries of tomorrow, plus more inside January/February 2023 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / December 21, 2022

The January/February 2023 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring a look at some future battery technologies—is now available online. Plus—optical-grade ceramics and IYOG conclusion.

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Quantum computing guides development of transparent window coating to reduce energy costs

By Lisa McDonald / December 6, 2022

Passive radiative cooling systems typically are implemented by applying special coatings to the walls or roof of a building. But windows play a significant role in heat transfer too. University of Notre Dame researchers used a quantum computing-assisted active learning scheme to develop a new high-performance transparent radiative cooling coating for windows.

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Reducing waste in manufacturing—researchers explore conversion of diamond wire silicon cutting waste into high-value silicon nitride

By Lisa McDonald / November 11, 2022

Silicon waste is a major byproduct from solar cell production. A group of researchers from Northeastern University (Shenyang, China) have published several papers exploring how, through nitridation, this waste can be converted into high-value silicon nitride.

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New research center for solid-state batteries is MUSIC to researchers’ ears

By Lisa McDonald / October 14, 2022

The newly announced Mechanochemical Understanding of Solid Ion Conductors (MUSIC) research center will see the University of Michigan and eight partner institutions explore the use of ceramic ion conductors as replacements for traditional liquid electrolytes. Learn where research on solid-state batteries currently stands.

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Next-gen spacecraft: In-development solid oxide fuel cells offer bipropellant enabled electrical power supply

By Lisa McDonald / September 20, 2022

Mass and volume limitations make it challenging to load a spacecraft with all the equipment needed for a mission. An effort led by the Air Force Research Laboratory is developing a solid oxide fuel cell that converts chemical energy in a spacecraft’s bipropellant into electricity, thereby allowing an existing spacecraft component to be used as an auxiliary power supply.

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Additive manufacturing for energy applications, plus more inside September 2022 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / August 18, 2022

The September 2022 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring additive manufacturing for energy applications—is now available online. Plus—ACerS Awards of 2022 and new C&GM.

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With safety and performance, ceramic batteries are in the works

By Jonathon Foreman / August 9, 2022

Substantial ceramics research projects are looking to address issues with current lithium-based battery technologies. A selection of recent papers in ACerS journals highlights some of the efforts toward new electrolyte, cathode, and anode materials.

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Accelerated aging test suggests decades-long performance is possible for new perovskite solar cell

By Lisa McDonald / July 26, 2022

As the lifetime of perovskite solar cells improves, accelerated aging tests are needed to determine their long-term stability. Researchers at Princeton University and Linköping University proposed a new method for performing accelerated aging tests on perovskites—and demonstrated their newly developed perovskite cell may last up to 30 years in operation.

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Video: States release their plans for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program

By Lisa McDonald / July 20, 2022

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program aims to provide states with nearly $5 billion in funding to strategically deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure. To receive their share of the funding, each state must submit a deployment plan by August 1. Compiled here are links to the plans released so far.

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