7 Apr 2022
Molten-Salt Battery: Towards Seasonal Storage of Grid-Scale Energy
Scientists have created a battery designed for the electric grid that locks in energy for months without losing much storage capacity. The development of the "freeze-thaw battery," which freezes its energy for use later, is a step toward batteries that can be used for seasonal storage: saving energy in one season, such as the spring, and spending it in another, like autumn.
8 Jun 2020
A Viable Sodium Battery
Researchers have created a sodium-ion battery that holds as much energy and works as well as some commercial lithium-ion battery chemistries, making for a potentially viable battery technology out of abundant and cheap materials.
7 Jan 2020
Founder of Tera-Barrier Films is Innovator of the Year for Technology
With Senthil's innovation, the barrier properties of a single oxide barrier layer increased to up to 10,000 times, when a single nano sealing layer is coated on the barrier oxide layer. Barrier properties of the multilayer skyrocketed to up to 10-7 grams per square meter per day as tested by the top university in Japan.
12 Feb 2019
Polymer power potential
The mantra 'reduce, reuse, recycle' is increasingly pertinent. Every year, vast amounts of energy that could be captured and reused is lost through waste heat. Now, scientists have demonstrated, through theoretical calculations, that it may be possible to fabricate thermoelectric organic polymers that can convert heat into electrical energy with high efficiency.
1 Feb 2018
Customizable, fabric-like power source
Scientists have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded or stretched without losing its function.
3 Jul 2017
Tiny additions yield stronger components
Superalloys are the wonder materials of metallurgy. By fine-tuning their composition, scientists can increase mechanical strength and improve resistance to corrosion and high-temperature shape changes.
17 Feb 2017
Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade
Researchers have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.
10 Feb 2017
Going carbon free boosts battery life
Zinc-air batteries are one of the most promising solutions for the large-scale storage of intermittently-generated renewable electricity from solar, wind or tidal: they are non-flammable, inexpensive and with a very high energy density.
10 Jan 2017
Three-layer nanoparticle catalysts improve zinc-air batteries
Nanoparticles containing three different layers of material can help to boost the performance of a zinc-air battery, researchers have found.
22 Jul 2016
Plastic flexible magnetic memory device
Smart plastic demonstrates excellent performance in terms of data storage and processing capabilities.
28 May 2015
Sounding out flu viruses
Sensors based on special sound waves known as surface acoustic waves are capable of detecting tiny amounts of antigens of Influenza A viruses.
20 May 2015
Highly conductive material for 3D-printing of circuits
Scientists have invented a new type of thermoplastic thread that can be used in 3D printers to create functional circuits for use in electrical gadgets.
1 May 2015
Sputtering start for flat materials
Two-dimensional materials have a whole host of exotic properties because they are just one atom thick. Researchers have now developed a method for creating large areas of atom-thin material for use in electronic devices.
11 Mar 2015
Speakers announced for 3D Printing Europe 2015
IDTechEx is excited to announce the agenda for 3D Printing Europe 2015. After months of planning, we are ready to launch our fantastic speaker programme.
11 Aug 2014
Dyes help harvest light
Researchers have developed zinc porphyrin dyes that harvest light in both the visible and near-infrared parts of the spectrum.
4 Aug 2014
Dyes help harvest light
Researchers have now developed zinc porphyrin dyes that harvest light in both the visible and near-infrared parts of the spectrum.
11 Apr 2014
Multilayer polymers spring into action
The shrinking dimensions and decreased power consumption of modern electronic gadgets have created opportunities for energy harvesting processes that tap into free, green energy from the environment. Vibration harvesters, for example, produce small amounts of electricity from everyday mechanical disturbances such as wind currents, traffic noise or footsteps.
25 Oct 2013
Inexpensive material boosts battery capacity
By improving the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries, a new electrode made from iron oxide nanoparticles could help electric vehicles to cover greater distances.
27 Jun 2013
Low-cost molecule boosts stability and amplification of semiconductors
Replacing traditional rigid silicon wafers with semiconductors made from flexible polymers would herald an age of advanced, 'wearable' electronics.