Video: Harvest solar energy from outer space

By Lisa McDonald / June 3, 2020

In their search for places to install PV infrastructure, solar companies have taken several creative approaches, including floating solar panels on reservoirs and co-locating them with crops. Space-based solar power is another concept studied since the 1970s, and this May, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory launched the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

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Coordination polymer glass may provide solid support for PEM fuel cells

By Lisa McDonald / June 2, 2020

Fuel cells are an alternative to batteries to power electric vehicles. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in particular are of high interest, and researchers in Japan have now developed a new glass material that could serve as an improved electrolyte in these cells.

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More than coffee cups—ceramic containers with advanced functionality

By Jonathon Foreman / May 19, 2020

Ceramic nanocontainers, known for their potential as drug carriers in medical applications, are being investigated in a variety of other fields as well. In two recent JACerS articles, George Kordas investigates the potential of ceramic nanocontainers in energy and anticorrosion applications.

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Toward commercial viability—tellurium stabilizes lithium deposition in Li-S batteries

By Lisa McDonald / May 12, 2020

Lithium-sulfur batteries could enable the next generation of high-energy-density rechargeable batteries—but only if lithium deposition is stabilized. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found adding elemental tellurium to the cathode may solve this challenge.

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Thin films shield PV glass, plus more inside May 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2020

The May 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring transparent thin films for PV modules and glass science and art—is now available online. Plus—Kreidl Award abstract

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Roadmap to commercialize all-solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / April 14, 2020

In a recent review article, nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego outline a research roadmap detailing four remaining challenges to address before all-solid-state batteries can reach their commercial potential.

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Developing a Nobel technology: A review of lithium-ion battery cathode chemistry

By Lisa McDonald / April 3, 2020

In 2019, three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. A recent review article by ACerS Fellow Arumugam Manthiram traces the work done by John Goodenough’s group on oxide cathodes.

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A “green” development for St. Patrick’s Day: Ultra-safe and high-energy batteries

By Lisa McDonald / March 17, 2020

Did you remember to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day? We’re celebrating the day by highlighting some “green” energy research at The Pennsylvania State University on a stable and high-energy battery made possible thanks to a self-heating ability.

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Video: A direct approach to creating AC batteries

By Lisa McDonald / March 4, 2020

Battery efficiency is hindered in part by the fact that battery current must be converted from direct to alternating for use in many devices. A University of Cambridge startup company, AC Biode, looks to remove that obstacle by creating batteries that use AC.

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From journals to a new Division, ACerS serves the energy community

By Lisa McDonald / February 26, 2020

ACerS officially announced the establishment of its new Energy Materials and Systems Division. In recognition of the new Division, check out some of the research published in ACerS journals beneficial to energy harvesting and storage systems.

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