A team of scientists from Northwestern University have found a crystal form of the chemical compound tin selenide to be the best material to use to covert waste heat to useful electricity. Tin selenide poorly conducts heat making it the most effective thermoelectric material to date.
MIT and Harvard University Scientists had developed a way to use molecules to store solar energy that can later be used to heat homes or water. These molecules have the ability to store heat forever and be used without emitting any greenhouse gases.
Researchers at Georgia State University have found a way for semiconductors to detect a wider range of light than currently possible. An extra light source was added to their device that prepares the semiconductor with energy and when a low energy, long wavelength beam passes over, the extra light source pushes the material to the top creating a detectable reaction.
A team of researchers from the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering have found a way to boost energy production using lightweight polymer vibration. This method could eliminate the need for manual recharging of batteries in microsensors and mobile devices.
A team of Stanford University researchers have found wind energy can produce grid-scale storage up to three days of uninterrupted power more cost-effectively than storing solar power. This is solving a problem faced when using renewable energy sources especially when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow.
A team of researchers at the University of Southern California collaborated with Samsung to develop a model that interprets how fast wireless devices can capture and store energy to demonstrate that complex networks can be run on renewable energy sources.