Putting the sun in a bottle: Royal Society Kavli Lecture on fusion energy generation

By Jonathon Foreman / February 19, 2021

Moving away from carbon-based energy and toward sustainable energy infrastructure is important for long-term world health. The latest Kavli Lecture hosted by The Royal Society looks at the possible role of fusion energy in our sustainable energy future.

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Ceramics for sustainable energy, plus more inside March 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / February 18, 2021

The March 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring ceramic and glass materials for sustainable energy—is now available online. Plus—process modeling of a tunnel kiln.

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Video: Decommissioned wind turbine blades get a second wind through reuse and recycling

By Lisa McDonald / January 20, 2021

The vast majority of wind turbine blades that reach end-of-use are either being stored in various places or taken to landfills because there are few options for recycling. Numerous companies and universities are working to change that.

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Achieve success by inversing expectations—scientists show promise of antiperovskite oxides in photovoltaic applications

By Lisa McDonald / January 12, 2021

Perovskite materials are some of the most hotly researched materials in the photovoltaic field right now. However, antiperovskite materials, which have an inverse perovskite structure, show promise as well. Two researchers in Korea used simulations to explore the potential of two antiperovskite oxides in photovoltaic applications.

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Lifting the veil on record efficiency: Researchers detail how they created record-setting perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell

By Lisa McDonald / December 18, 2020

In January, researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin announced they created perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells with 29.15% power conversion efficiency. A recently published paper details how they fabricated and tested these record-setting cells.

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Porous volumetric ceramic burners increase oven energy efficiency

By Lisa McDonald / November 24, 2020

Though gas ovens are considered more energy efficient than electric ovens, they still face challenges with dissipation of heat into the environment. Porous volumetric ceramic burners are a combustion technology that may improve heat transfer in gas ovens, and researchers in Germany investigated the technology’s heat transfer mechanisms to better illuminate its potential.

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Pursuing the future of energy: A review on perovskite tandem solar cell development and fundamentals

By Lisa McDonald / October 23, 2020

Perovskite tandem solar cell technologies improved rapidly in the past six years, but there are still challenges keeping them from commercialization. A recent review article by two researchers at the University of Surrey in the U.K. provides an expansive look at this budding industry.

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Addressing the energy harvesting storage gap—ceramic matrix composites contain corrosive materials in thermal energy storage

By Jonathon Foreman / October 2, 2020

Thermal energy storage technologies are one way to store energy generated from renewable sources. But producing materials that can contain the high-temperature and corrosive materials integral to this technology is an ongoing area of research. Two recent ACerS journal articles explore methods of fabricating C/C-SiC CMCs for use as container materials.

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Designing Li-S battery cathodes: Polarity rather than conductivity leads to long-term cycling stability

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2020

Highly conductive carbon materials are frequently investigated as host materials for sulfur in lithium-sulfur batteries, but such cathodes struggle with loss of sulfur due to the carbon surface being nonpolar. An international team of researchers explored if using polar silica instead as the host material may improve cycling stability, even though silica is nonconductive.

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Video: Battery-free computing restores retro gaming device

By Lisa McDonald / September 16, 2020

When restoring old technology, sometimes substituting modern alternatives for original parts can improve the classic design. Researchers at Northwestern University and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands created a clone of the 8-bit Nintendo Game Boy using an energy-aware gaming platform.

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