Funding

US DOE offers $3 million for solutions to advance solar manufacturing

By Faye Oney / June 15, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy recently launched a $3 million competition to advance solar manufacturing in the U.S. The American-Made Solar Prize competition is open to all U.S.-based businesses and individuals.

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Vitrification process turns radioactive waste into durable glass for safe disposal

By Faye Oney / June 8, 2018

Researchers have successfully converted radioactive waste into glass through vitrification at the Hanford Nuclear Site. The test is part of an overall plan to send low-activity waste directly to the vitrification facility via Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste system.

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Video: Move over driverless cars—These 3-D printed autonomous boats reduce traffic by hauling goods, people

By Faye Oney / June 6, 2018

We have driverless cars. What about driverless boats? Researchers at MIT have designed an autonomous 3-D printed boat that can transport people and deliver goods to their destinations, reducing traffic on roads.

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Making cheaper, small-diameter carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide

By Faye Oney / June 5, 2018

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are making something useful out of carbon dioxide pulled from the air: Small-diameter carbon nanotubes. Their CNTs are not only higher quality, but the process to make them is cheaper than current methods.

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US Department of Energy funds $106 million in new energy projects

By Faye Oney / June 1, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy recently earmarked approximately $106 million for two new energy projects: High-temperature concentrating solar power technology, and Small business research and development grants.

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Video: Watch this 3-D printer print an electronic device on human skin

By Faye Oney / May 16, 2018

Researchers have successfully used a 3-D printer to print an electronic circuit on human skin. The technology could help soldiers on the battlefield to detect chemical or biological agents, and the medical field for treating wounds and constructing skin grafts.

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New simpler recycling process extracts rare-earth magnets from discarded electronics

By Faye Oney / May 11, 2018

Researchers have developed a simple process for extracting rare-earth magnets from discarded electronic devices. Their method reduces manufactured waste and recycles materials into magnets for other uses.

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Carbon combines with solar energy to purify water in high-performance method

By Faye Oney / May 8, 2018

Researchers have developed a novel water purification process using solar energy and carbon-coated paper. Their method could eventually be scalable for purifying water in third-world countries or in areas cut off from water due to recent disasters.

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Video: Electrified road charges electric vehicles throughout their journey

By Faye Oney / April 25, 2018

An initiative in Sweden is attempting to lower vehicle-based carbon emissions. eRoadArlanda uses conductive technology to power and charge electric vehicles as they travel down the road—but the verdict is still out whether or not eRoadArlanda is a practical solution.

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New open-access materials database could save research time, spur material science advances

By Faye Oney / April 13, 2018

Researchers at the National Energy Renewable Laboratory have created a database of inorganic thin-film materials containing 10 years’ worth of research. This open-access database could accelerate research advances in advanced energy and beyond.

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