Category Archives: R&D

Idle reduction toolbox available for fleets

Truck News, By James Menzies — The Clean Cities initiative in the US has developed an IdleBox tool fleets can use to develop or enhance their anti-idling programs. It includes PowerPoint presentations that explain the costs of idling, signage that … Read More »

Growing graphene on silver could improve solar cells

GIGAOM, By Signe Brewster — A Northwestern University graduate student recently discovered a way to combine graphene with silver, which has interesting optical properties and is already widely used in solar cells. Pairing the two up until now eluded scientists … Read More »

On a quest for clean water

American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev — Researching clean water solutions is no new task for BGU, with water recycling technologies being used on its desert campuses. But the desert is not the only place where water research is important. Read more. … Read More »

A battery with liquid electrodes can be recharged or refilled

MIT Technology Review, By Kevin Bullis — A new kind of battery stores energy in what researchers are calling “rechargeable fuel”—electrodes in liquid form. The result can be either recharged like a conventional battery or replaced by pumping in new … Read More »

New thin-film solar cells capture high-energy photons more efficiently

Converting Quarterly — Scientists at the US Dept. of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have together developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential to capture and convert solar energy — particularly from … Read More »

New technique grows tiny ‘hairy’ materials at the microscale

By Louise Lerner — Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory attacked a tangled problem by developing a new technique to grow tiny “hairy” materials that assemble themselves at the microscale. Scientists are very interested in materials … Read More »

Self-cleaning solar panels reflect a brighter future

Medill Reports, By Sarah Kollmorgen — Scientists have developed an inexpensive “superhydrophobic” coating that, applied to solar panels, would make them self-cleaning and therefore more efficient. Read more. Posted February 7, 2014

From Lake Michigan’s shore to Israel’s desert, scientists join search for clean water

JUF News, By Joel Schatz — Gazing out at the vastness of Lake Michigan from an upper-floor office in a Loop high-rise, one might wonder why Mayor Rahm Emanuel is so concerned that there isn’t enough water. Or why that … Read More »

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New, inexpensive material captures solar energy

By Jared Sagoff — Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have together developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential to capture and convert solar energy — particularly … Read More »

For hydrogen fuel cells, blue is the new green

Before It’s News — A team of researchers at Argonne National Laboratory has figured out an efficient way to split hydrogen gas from water, using a low cost cobalt-based catalyst instead of pricey platinum. Read more. Posted January 14, 2014