January 12/19, 2009




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Perspective

"There is no leadership at the national level and the misinformation that is spread by the existing energy companies and special interest groups is exceptionally misleading. On the other side, media hype based on press releases or other non-refereed reports can lead to unrealistic expectations."
 
- from Q&A with Robert Birkmire


News

RESEARCH - WIND

Scheme lets wind turbines store energy

Let a wind turbine speed up when the wind is stronger than average and you have a way to store wind energy and smooth the flow of electricity from wind farms to the grid. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Photosynthesis drives solar fuel cell

Combine carbon, marine sediment, seawater and light and you've got a simple way to generate electricity from sunlight. [more]

RESEARCH - FUEL CELLS

Tiny fuel cell powered by water

Combine a tiny fuel-cell-on-a-chip with an equally tiny hydrogen generator and you have a self-contained power source smaller than the smallest watch battery. [more]

RESEARCH - FUEL CELLS

Blood powers implantable fuel cell

Make a tiny fuel cell with the right kind of yeast and you have an implantable power source that runs on blood. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES AND CAPACITORS

Layers make better nanotube batteries

Carefully build up of layers of multiwall carbon nanotubes and you have highly efficient electrodes for fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Micro lenses boost plastic solar cells

Line up tiny lenses over holes in a mirror and you can boost the power output of inexpensive plastic solar cells. [more]

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Fungi could feed biofuel production

Tap the power of fungi to digest wood and you have a simple way to produce biofuel feedstock. [more]

RESEARCH - ENERGY SCAVENGING

Silicon nanoparticles promise more electricity from heat

Add nanoparticles to a mix of silicon and germanium and you can more than double the amount of electricity the material generates from heat. [more]

FUNDING - ENERGY SCAVENGING

Molecular junctions study funded

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Michigan's Pramod Sangi Reddy $403,138 to study the thermal and electronics properties of molecular junctions. [more]


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Special Report
Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

Eric on Energy

January 6, 2009

Show me the money

With all the talk about the need for an Apollo-like effort to develop sustainable energy sources, it’s instructive to look at the amount of money the US has spent on space and energy over the last half-century. [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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