Nanotechnology may be key to solar energy and energy storage. In the study, "Nanotechnology in the sectors of solar energy and energy storage" (pdf) commissioned by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI found that there is a whole range of nanomaterials which will grow in importance as technology continues to advance. The rise of nanomaterials A key finding of the study is that technologies where “nano” already plays an important role will be of special interest for industry and research. The following nanomaterial technologies will be of particular importance: "organic and printed electronics", "nano-coatings," "nano-composites", "nano-fluids", "nano-catalysts", "nanocarbons" and "nano-electrodes".
These seven technology profiles form the basis for two comprehensive roadmaps in the technical report. Nanotechnology can revolutionize the way we use energy. “Nanotech for dummies” on Radio VR: latest innovative developments in one of the most complex scientific fields from A to Z. Solar paint, instantly charged batteries and clothes that heal – you say science fiction, we say nanotechology. But before we talk about how cool nanotech really is, let’s make sure we all agree on what the term itself means. A basic definition of nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the atomic, molecular, and supramolecular level.
It may sound a bit blurry so here is a more precise description: “In its original sense, 'nanotechnology' refers to the projected ability to construct items from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products”. Well, sounds like it’s no rocket science. To make it even more lucid let’s take a look at how nanotechnology applies to our everyday life. Sounds great, doesn’t it? There is a bright side to it though. Nanotechnology researchers find new energy storage capabilities between layers of 2-D materials. Nanotechnology researchers convert cement into an electrical conductor. Nanotechnology T-Shirt to replace batteries? Towards wearable energy storage. Plastic - the new energy source. This Satellite Could Be Beaming Solar Power Down from Space by 2025. In the third century BCE, King Hiero II of Syracuse asked Archimedes to devise a number of death traps to thwart Roman invaders.
Among the many designs the great inventor drew up was a solar death ray. The basic idea was to build an array of mirrors that could reflect rays of light into a central blast, causing Roman ships to burst into flame. It's unlikely the weapon ever made it past the blueprint stage, but it became an incredibly influential model nonetheless. Archimedes was perhaps the first solar power convert, searching for a way to take advantage of the inconceivable amount of energy our friendly neighborhood star barfs up every second. The only thing that would make Archimedes' solar death ray more fascinating is if it was technically feasible, socially benevolent, and in space. That's where John Mankins comes in.
I recently caught up with Mankins to discuss the SPS-ALPHA's progress and potential. Via. Nanotechnology researchers use wood to make batteries (w/video) Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever. Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted career. But that hasn't stopped new recruits joining the effort every year: optimistic young graduates keen to get to grips with a complicated scientific problem that has real implications for the world. Their numbers have been increasing in recent years, perhaps motivated by two factors: there is a new machine under construction, a huge global effort that may finally show that fusion can be a net producer of energy; and the need for fusion has never been greater, considering the twin threats of dwindling oil supplies and climate change. The new machine is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or simply ITER (pronounced 'eater').
Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as 'the one' that will make the big breakthrough, only to stumble before getting there. Malthusian catastrophe. A chart of estimated annual growth rates in world population, 1800–2005. Rates before 1950 are annualized historical estimates from the US Census Bureau.
Red = USCB projections to 2025. Work by Thomas Malthus In 1798, Thomas Malthus wrote: The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. Notwithstanding the apocalyptic image conveyed by this particular paragraph, Malthus himself did not subscribe to the notion that mankind was fated for a "catastrophe" due to population overshooting resources. The passion between the sexes has appeared in every age to be so nearly the same that it may always be considered, in algebraic language, as a given quantity.
Neo-Malthusian theory Wheat yields in developing countries, 1950 to 2004, in kg/ha (baseline 500). Growth in food production has been greater than population growth. Criticism See also Notes Kardashev scale. The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize. The scale has three designated categories called Type I, II, and III. A Type I civilization uses all available resources on its home planet, Type II harnesses all the energy of its star, and Type III of its galaxy. The scale is only hypothetical, but it puts energy consumption in a cosmic perspective. It was first proposed in 1964 by the Russian astronomer Nikolai Kardashev (Kardashyov). Various extensions of the scale have been proposed since, from a wider range of power levels (types 0, IV and V) to the use of metrics other than pure power.
Definition Type I "Technological level close to the level presently attained on earth, with energy consumption at ≈4×1019 erg/sec (4 × 1012 watts) Type II Type III "A civilization in possession of energy on the scale of its own galaxy, with energy consumption at ≈4×1044 erg/sec. Alien 'Star Engine' Detectable in Exoplanet Data? In 1948, astronomer Fred Zwicky, the esteemed co-discoverer of dark matter, speculated that “fusion jets” could be used by a future civilization to navigate our sun and solar system planets through the galaxy. He suggested that pellets of fuel could be fired into the sun to produce explosions that would push the sun along like firecrackers exploding in a tin can. But where to go? Zwicky thought that the entire solar system could reach Alpha Centauri in a few thousand years. Forty years later, physicist Leonid Shkadov proposed that far advanced extraterrestrial civilizations might harness the energy output of their sun for interstellar migration.
They would use a “stellar engine” — no need for fusion motors here. 13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Aliens This radiation pressure on the star creates an imbalance where a net force pushes the star in the opposite direction. To work, such a stellar engine would have to be a megastructure, millions of miles across (shown above). Image credit: NASA, R. Graphene NanoChem adds Petron Fuel International to list of customers.
LONDON (SHARECAST) - Graphene NanoChem , the nanotechnology and advanced materials company, has added Petron Fuel International Sdn Bhd , one of the largest supplier of fuels and petroleum products to the Malaysian market, to its list of customers. The first delivery of PlatAmber , the group's palm waste based biofuel for the Malaysian market commenced last week, the group added. Jespal Deol, Chief Executive Officer of Graphene NanoChem commented: "We are excited by the addition of Petron to our customers' list. "This is a major development milestone for the group in our planned expansion and we are focused on building our delivery capabilities to service ongoing demand.
We look forward to updating the market with further positive developments in the near term. " Nanotechnology in Energy Applications -- NEW YORK, March 12, 2013. NEW YORK , March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Nanotechnology in Energy Applications Nanotechnology is increasingly impacting the U.S. and world energy balance, both on the supply and demand sides. On the supply side, nanotechnology is being used to optimize production from existing energy sources (e.g., crude petroleum) and to exploit new sources such as heavy oil, liquefied coal and solar energy (including using solar energy to produce hydrogen).
Nanotechnology is also improving and opening new possibilities for the transmission and storage of energy, especially electricity and possibly hydrogen in the future. Identifying nanoscale materials and devices that currently are or in the future could be used in energy production or conservation applications. Researcher to give talk on nanotechnology, energy use | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Big Oil Beware: 'Grow Your Own Fuel' Now Possible With Nano-Fabrication. The Evolution of Nanotechnology Offers Great Hope for Energy Sector. Clean energy advances are made due to careful research and development in the fields of science and technology, with nanotechnology leading the way as the most exciting area and potentially the most influential breakthrough.
Nanotechnology has slowly evolved over the past century, and will continue to evolve even further in the future. Around 50 to 100 years ago engineers and scientists were able to create devices on a macro-level, but now they reduced the scale substantially to be able to produce devices on a nano-level. Select the reports you are interested in:NO-SPAM: Under no circumstances will we EVER rent, sell or give away your email Carbon nanotubes, for example, are the most conductive material known to man, and can help to increase efficiency of transmission lines; although mass production still remains a problem.
The green energy sector has been the largest beneficiary of nanotechnology. Currently in the world nanotechnology is already in use. By. Corp. Home — Wireless Electricity Delivered Over Distance. Fulton Innovation demonstrates latest wireless power breakthroughs at CES 2013. Michigan's Fulton Innovation has been perfecting its eCoupled wireless power transfer technology for over 14 years, and is really pushing the boat out at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a number of new breakthroughs. In addition to demonstrating the first ever example of two-way wireless power transfer, the company is also showing off an interactive printed poster featuring an illustration of a DJ console that can actually be played, and a new Nokia Lumia phone that charges while it's inside a handbag.
View all Fulton Innovation, a founding member of the Wireless Power Consortium, was created in 2006 to further advance technology first developed by its parent company (Alticor, Inc) in 1998. The newly-improved wireless power transfer technology received its eCoupled branding in 2007. When a power supply coil and a receiving coil are positioned close to each other, a shared electromagnetic field is generated and wireless power transfer is facilitated. Nanotechnology: Expanding Clean Energy and Easing Fuel Shortages. The Evolution of Nanotechnology Offers Great Hope for Energy Sector. By James Burgess of Oilprice.com - the No.1 source for Oil Prices Clean energy advances are made due to careful research and development in the fields of science and technology, with nanotechnology leading the way as the most exciting area and potentially the most influential breakthrough. Nanotechnology has slowly evolved over the past century, and will continue to evolve even further in the future.
Around 50 to 100 years ago engineers and scientists were able to create devices on a macro-level, but now they reduced the scale substantially to be able to produce devices on a nano-level. Related article: Will Colombia Become Latin America’s Poster Child for Peak Oil Carbon nanotubes, for example, are the most conductive material known to man, and can help to increase efficiency of transmission lines; although mass production still remains a problem. The green energy sector has been the largest beneficiary of nanotechnology. Currently in the world nanotechnology is already in use. Transportation Technology - Sustainable transport and mobility technologies. 26Apr Infinyte I4: A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser While solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat - Loon - is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered and can seat eight passengers. 06Apr Common Algae for Biofuel Butanol Production There have been various methods tried for reducing fossil fuel dependency and containing carbon footprints for a healthier and more eco-friendly future. 30Mar MiraQua: A Tiny Miracle Today there seems to be more and more and yet more vehicles on the road than ever. 25Jan Solar Powered Wheelchair Sets World Records Haidar Taleb, a 47 year old man from UAE, displayed a rare combination of human spirit and willpower when he took up a 200-mile long journey on a wheel chair that he has built for himself which runs on solar power. 24Jan Best Green Car of 2011: Chevrolet Volt 27Sep Cheapest Green Car – Honda Fit Hybrid 21Sep 23Aug 09Aug.
Beyond gadgets: what's next for wireless power? The surprise hit of this year's CES was wireless charging - and the technology is set for a major boost during the remainder of 2013. Nokia, LG, HTC, Motorola and Samsung have already put Qi standard wireless power receivers into recent phones like the Lumia 920 as well as Bluetooth headsets. Nokia promised last year that US coffee chain Coffee Bean would offer wireless charging points in its tables and the Las Vegas store marks the fifth US city to get them. You can borrow a charging case or micro USB adapter if your phone doesn't have Qi built in. Buying a whole new wireless charger might seem like a waste when you get a wired charger free with your phone. If you have one of IDAPT's handy multiple charging bases which have interchangeable tips to charge three or four devices at once, the company will soon have a $60 module that adds Qi charging.
You can slot it onto the charging base – or use it to turn your existing charger into a Qi charging pad. Whatever happened to wireless charging? PowerbyProxi • Wireless Power Solutions • Auckland, New Zealand. EnviroMission - Solar Tower.