Japan space scientists make wireless energy breakthrough. Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly, in a key step that could one day make solar power generation in space a possibility, an official said Thursday.
Researchers used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power—enough to run an electric kettle—through the air with pinpoint accuracy to a receiver 55 metres (170 feet) away. While the distance was not huge, the technology could pave the way for mankind to eventually tap the vast amount of solar energy available in space and use it here on Earth, a spokesman for The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. Australia Uses the Motion of the Ocean to Generate Zero-Emission Electricity and Desalinate Water Simultaneously. 'Miracle' tech turns water into fuel. The Korean electronics giant is shifting gears again with its troubled mobile operating system, now aiming for affordability as a key characteristic of Tizen smartphones.
In February 2013, a group of heavy-hitting companies led by Samsung held a glitzy evening event in Barcelona -- complete with freshly shucked oysters and made-to-order crepes -- to mark the debut of the Tizen mobile operating system, co-developed by Samsung and Intel. Telecom executives from Japan's NTT Docomo and France's Orange were on hand to show their support, committing to high-end smartphones that would rival Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems. Kiyohito Nagata, managing director of strategic marketing for NTT DoCoMo and then-chairman of the Tizen Association, hailed the event as "the basement of the future success of the Tizen OS and ecosystem.
" Nearly two years later, the glamor -- along with industry interest -- has faded. Evolution-of-renewable-energy-redlogo-compressed-55ad432075034ee5c875d99c8957cf38.jpg (1800×13848) Cool Battery Demonstration - Science - Science Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, Cool Videos. Teens Create A Way To Use Urine As Fuel. Fusion energy milestone reported by California scientists. Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel. This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding.
At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. Glucose-based battery has 10 times energy of lithium: researchers. Brazilian sugarcane Humans and batteries--and indeed most other things in the natural world, operate on largely similar principals.
Energy is generated somehow, stored, and expended for work. It's only the details that separate these processes, but the gap might shrink with the advent of biobatteries. As ExtremeTech reports, researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a working sugar-powered fuel cell with energy density greater than that of current lithium-ion batteries. Sugar, or more accurately glucose, is an excellent source of energy in biological beings, as it's energy-dense and easy for a plant or animal to process. In the newly-developed battery, it's similarly productive, with a storage density of 596 amp-hours per kilo, described as "one order of magnitude"--or ten times more than that of lithium-ion batteries currently used in consumer electronics. MIT researchers find messy batteries might be better. As modern technology demands more and more power, lithium-ion batteries have been getting increasingly dense.
There hasn’t been a true breakthrough in battery technology recently, so scientists have been working on ways to fit more components inside the same space. That means very precise work to keep everything neat and tidy. Researchers Bioengineer Bacteria That Poops Out Gasoline. Chemist Hopes 'Artificial Leaf' Can Power Civilization Using Photosynthesis. Imagine an artificial leaf that mimics photosynthesis, which lets plants harness energy from the sun.
But this leaf would have the ability to power your homes and cars with clean energy using only sunlight and water. This is not some far-off idea of the future. It's reality, and the subject of a jury-prize-winning film in the GE Focus Forward Film Competition . Jared P. Teen creates gadget that could charge your cellphone in 20 seconds This futuristic gizmo developed by a California teen in her spare time could revolutionize cellphone technology.
Fuel Cell Makes Power from Charcoal Fires. The Voto uses a rugged and inexpensive fuel cell to charge a battery, cell phone, or power a light.
Credit: Point Source Power. In trying to create a power source for off-grid villagers in Kenya, entrepreneur and scientist Craig Jacobson has picked a seemingly improbable technology–a fuel cell. Fuel cells have been in use for decades, but they are generally more expensive than grid power, even in the developed world. And despite many attempts, portable fuel cells have yet to catch on. (See, Lilliputian Fuel Cell Gadget Charger Ready to Grow Up.) In Search of Energy Miracles. More Good News About The 'Scientific Accident That May Change The World' Graphene supercapacitors | Photo: UCLA That battery life video that had gone viral due to a recent post on UpWorthy (and which we told you about Tuesday) now has an update.
Panasonic trims Ene-Farm fuel cell size and price. (Phys.org)—This month, Panasonic and Tokyo Gas announced the launch of their newest Ene-Farm home fuel cell, a product that residents can use to generate energy right from their homes.
This is a smaller, cheaper, and efficient successor to the Ene-Farm products of the past; the new product can operate 20 percent longer than the previous model, for 60,000 hours. The developers, Tokyo Gas and Panasonic, said that this Ene-Farm home fuel cell achieves overall efficiency of 95 percent LHV, as the world's most efficient fuel cell. LHV is short for Lower Heating Value. Food versus Fuel: Native Plants Make Better Ethanol. A mix of perennial grasses and herbs might offer the best chance for the U.S. to produce a sustainable biofuel, according to the results of a new study. But making that dream a reality could harm local environments and would require developing new technology to harvest, process and convert such plant material into biofuels such as ethanol. Biofuels have become controversial for their impact on food production.
The ethanol used in the U.S. is currently brewed from the starch in corn kernels, which has brought ethanol producers (and government ethanol mandates) into conflict with other uses for corn, such as food or animal feed. Already, corn ethanol in the U.S. has contributed to a hike in food costs of 15 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization blames corn diverted to biofuels for a global increase in food prices. Turning marginal lands into biofuel farms could also have a negative impact on the local environment.
Breakthrough iron-based superconductors set new performance records. (Phys.org)—The road to a sustainably powered future may be paved with superconductors. When chilled to frigid temperatures hundreds of degrees Celsius below zero, these remarkable materials are singularly capable of perfectly conducting electric current. To meet growing global energy demands, the entire energy infrastructure would benefit tremendously from incorporating new electricity generation, storage, and delivery technologies that use superconducting wires.
But strict limits on temperature, high manufacturing costs, and the dampening effects of high-magnetic fields currently impede widespread adoption. Princeton’s nanomesh nearly triples solar cell efficiency. There is huge potential in solar power. The sun is a giant ball of burning hydrogen in the sky, and it’s going to be sticking around for at least a few more billion years. For all intents and purposes, it’s a free source of energy. Sadly, humanity hasn’t been very good at harnessing its power directly. Our current methods of capturing the sun’s energy are very inefficient. Scientists design first all-carbon solar cell. Scientists at California's Stanford University have managed to construct the first solar cell made entirely of carbon. If ultimately brought to market, a carbon-based solar cell could offer a potential alternative to the expensive materials currently used in photovoltaic devices.
As Stanford's Professor Zhenan Bao notes, Carbon has the potential to deliver high performance at a low cost. Sweden Wants Your Trash : The Two-Way. Can cobalt nanoparticles replace platinum? Clean, limitless fusion power could arrive sooner than expected. Good news, denizens of Earth: If the findings from two premier research labs are to be believed, commercial nuclear fusion is feasible — and could arrive sooner than expected. New Fuel Cell Keeps Going After the Hydrogen Runs Out. Small Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Reaches Record Efficiency. A Few Further Details About MIT Cold Fusion Event — [UPDATE. A Big Jump in Battery Capacity. Bill O’Reilly Threatens To Quit If Higher Taxes For Millionaires Are Enacted. Harvesting 'limitless' hydrogen from self-powered cells. 20 September 2011Last updated at 12:27 By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News. Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear.
Butanol Biofuel Producing Bacteria Discovered in Animal Poop. Led by associate professor of cell and molecular biology David Mullin, researchers at Tulane University have discovered a strain of bacteria that can turn newspaper, or anything made from cellulose, into the biofuel butanol. Earth's Dirty Secret: Our Magnetic Field Traps Antimatter. New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt.
Lightning in a Bottle: Antimatter Trapped for Nearly 17 Minutes. U.S. scientists develop new clean energy technology. Scientists Discover Wild Solar Energy Effect, Allows Power Without Cells. Scientists Cook Up Artificial Leaf, Quantum Dots for Solar Cells. A brave new world of fossil fuels on demand. Hydrogen Tech Generates Juice from Heat.