June 15/22, 2009



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"The transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources is a long and expensive but an absolutely vital process. We need a long term (30 to 50 years), high-priority program using a substantial part of the GNP and covering the entire scope – from fundamental research to commercial installation strategy – to gradually replace the fossil fuels we use for power generation, transportation and industrial thermal energy."
 
- Jacob Karni, from Special Report


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RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Nanoparticles promise superfast batteries

June 15, 2009
Embed the right nanoparticles in porous carbon and you have an electrode that combines the high storage capacity of batteries with the high power output of ultracapacitors. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Biomass could yield green batteries

June 15, 2009
Turn an acid found in plants into a salt, add a dash of lithium, and you have a recipe for environmentally benign batteries. [more]

RESEARCH - EFFICIENCY

Molecular pair promises cheap white LEDs

June 15, 2009
Attach the right blue molecule to the right orange molecule and you have the key ingredient for inexpensive white light-emitting devices. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Coated nanocrystals could boost thin-film solar cells

June 15, 2009
Coat tiny semiconductor crystals with the right material and you have a route to inexpensive, high performance thin-film solar cells. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Coating converts light to solar cells' sweet spot

June 15, 2009
Coat silicon solar cells with tiny amounts of the stuff that shines red in CRT screens, and you can boost the cells' power output and lower the cost the electricity you get from the cells. [more]

FUNDING - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Japan launches battery R&D consortium

June 15, 2009
Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has formed a research consortium to develop advanced batteries. [more]


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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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Call it the Jeffersonian energy model. MIT chemistry professor Daniel Nocera's "personalized energy" plan has every home generating its own electricity and fuel from sunlight, and has power plants, transmission lines and gas stations fading into history. [more]

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