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From June 2008 to September 2010, Energy Research News provided news briefs on emerging energy technologies, including solar, wind and biofuels. This site remains for archival purposes.

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Ultracapacitors:
Emerging Technologies for High-Power Energy Storage

Find out how ultracapacitors are evolving, which technologies are emerging, who's driving the change, and how ultracapacitors will change hybrid and electric vehicles, trains and renewable energy. [more]

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RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Soapy nanotube concoction promises self-repairing solar cells

September 7, 2010
Mix together a pair of photosynthetic proteins, an artificial cell, and a carbon nanotube, repeatedly add and remove soap, and you have the makings of a self-repairing solar cell. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Covering makes for self-dusting solar cells

August 23, 2010
Periodically jolt the top of a solar cell and you have a solar cell that cleans itself. [more]

RESEARCH - PAPERS OF NOTE

The littlest things boost solar cells, fuel cells, biofuels and capacitors

August 23, 2010

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Water-made nanotubes hold more juice

July 22, 2010
Use water to make carbon nanotubes and you can store more energy in and get more power out of ultracapacitors. [more]

FUNDING

DOE funds sunlight-to-fuel hub, ARPA-E projects

July 22, 2010
Research on artificial synthesis, which taps sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into fuel, is getting a boost. [more]

RESEARCH - PAPERS OF NOTE

Self-assembled batteries, hydrogen from sea water and dual-use solar

June 15, 2010

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Boiled potatoes produce more juice

June 9, 2010
Put a twist on a popular children's science experiment and you could have an inexpensive source of electricity for the developing world. [more]

RESEARCH - WIND

"Schooled" wind turbines perform better

May 19, 2010
Arrange a bunch of vertical-axis wind turbines like a school of fish and you can boost the amount of energy each turbine produces. [more]

RESEARCH - PAPERS OF NOTE

Expanding possibilities for hydrogen, batteries and lighting

May 14, 2010

RESEARCH - PAPERS OF NOTE

Cheaper hydrogen catalyst, multiple uses of carbon

April 30, 2010

FUNDING

ARPA-E taps second round winners

April 29, 2010
ARPA-E, the Department of Energy's funding program for high-risk, high-reward research, has awarded $106 million to 37 research projects. [more]

RESEARCH - HYDROGEN

Virus boosts water splitting

April 12, 2010
Use a virus to form the right nanostructure and you're a step closer to efficiently extracting hydrogen from water using sunlight. [more]

RESEARCH - WIND

Connected turbines promise smooth wind power

April 7, 2010
Put enough wind turbines off the US east coast and you can provide much of the region's power. Interconnect those wind turbines and you can smooth out the flow of power they feed into the grid. [more]

RESEARCH - PAPERS OF NOTE

Batteries, hydrogen and a new way to use fuel

March 17, 2010

FUNDING

ARPA-E slates $100m for grid, electronics, buildings

March 2, 2010
The Department of Energy announced $100 million will be made available through ARPA-E for innovative research in grid storage, power electronics, and building efficiency. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Strained nanowires promise better solar cells

March 1, 2010
Coat a semiconductor nanowire with another semiconductor material in the right way, and you can get more out of nanowire solar cells. [more]

FUNDING

DOE budget boosts research

February 2, 2010
The Obama administration's budget request for fiscal year 2011 includes nearly $500 million in new funding for renewable energy research. [more]

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