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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar

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Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Electric vehicle batteries are heavy and bulky, which limits EV range and cargo capacity. However that could change thanks to groundbreaking new research from the University of Central Florida.

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Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Doctors who want to be able to monitor a patient’s vital signs or easily deliver treatments could soon have a new tool at their disposal: a new breed of electronic implants can be inserted under the

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Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

A research team from Virginia Tech led by Y.H. Percival Zhang just developed a battery that runs on natural sugar that could replace conventional batteries within three years. The sugar battery is cheap,

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Illinois Research Team Turns Wood into Greener Next Generation Battery Super Capacitors

Illinois Research Team Turns Wood into Greener Next Generation Battery Super Capacitors

Over the last few years researchers have been developing supercapacitors to become the next-generation battery. Instead of using chemical reactions, super capacitors are more powerful batteries equipped

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Scientists Turn Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents Into Gigantic Batteries for Ocean Exploration

Scientists Turn Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents Into Gigantic Batteries for Ocean Exploration

Did you know that humans have only explored 5 percent of the world's oceans? That means we know almost nothing about the plants, animals, and other forms of life that exist below the waves. Exploring the

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Stigo Unveils an Ultra Lightweight Electric Scooter That Folds Down to the Size of a Golf Bag

Stigo Unveils an Ultra Lightweight Electric Scooter That Folds Down to the Size of a Golf Bag

Electric vehicles are really hitting their stride this year - and we're not just talking about cars. The world's first road-charged bus and an electric tricycle also made their debut, and now an

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Tesla is Sucking Up the World’s Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production

Tesla is Sucking Up the World’s Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production

Green Car Reports says that Tesla is on track to deploy more than 1.6 million kilowatt-hour worth of batteries in 21,000 cars this year, and so far the electric carmaker has already sold 14,000 of its

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Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

Researchers at Sol Chip are working on an ambitious project to create the world's first everlasting solar battery. It is hoped that the battery will be able to recharge even in low-light environments to

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Embedded electronic implants have long been confined to the realm of science fiction, but the development of a new stretchable battery could soon make them a reality. A pair of scientists have developed

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European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock In Europe, approximately half of the continent's trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: “What happens when the wind doesn’t blow”? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy,

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New Carbon Network EV Batteries Charge Up to 120x Faster

New Carbon Network EV Batteries Charge Up to 120x Faster

Today's electric vehicles may have much lower carbon footprints than gasoline and diesel powered cars, but the two hours it can often take to charge a lithium ion battery can be a significant

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Scientists Developing Wood-Powered Batteries Made From Paper Waste!

Scientists Developing Wood-Powered Batteries Made From Paper Waste!

Researchers from the Poznan University of Technology in Poland and the Linkoping University in Sweden have been whittling away at the possibilities of creating energy from wood waste. The key ingredient

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Harvard’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Produces Power Long After its Fuel Source Runs Out

Harvard’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Produces Power Long After its Fuel Source Runs Out

A team of researchers at Harvard University has created a novel hydrogen fuel cell that keeps running even after its fuel supply is exhausted. The solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) converts hydrogen into

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Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Engineers at Stanford University appear to have come up with a way to make solar cells and batteries more efficient by “decorating” nanowires with chains of nanoparticles. The process has

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Evatran Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Plugless Power Wireless EV Charging System

Evatran Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Plugless Power Wireless EV Charging System

Early last year we reported on the unveiling of Evatran's Plugless Power - the world's first wireless EV charger. Now - just in time for the new year - we're happy to say that Evatran has launched its

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Apple Files Patent for MacBooks Powered by Fuel Cells

Apple Files Patent for MacBooks Powered by Fuel Cells

If you've ever owned a laptop or a netbook, you know that their batteries come with a finite lifespan. But what about a longer lasting alternative to powering up your computer? Fuel cells, namely hydrogen

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Liquid Metal Capsules Used to Create Self-Healing Electronics That Fix Themselves

Liquid Metal Capsules Used to Create Self-Healing Electronics That Fix Themselves

The problem with many electronics is that they have a shelf life of a few years (depending on how long the parts can hold up), but now a team from the University of Illinois has developed an electronic

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University of California Riverside Gets an Olympic Pool-Sized Battery to Power Its Engineering Building

University of California Riverside Gets an Olympic Pool-Sized Battery to Power Its Engineering Building

The University of California Riverside has one very dedicated alum who puts our measly $50 annual donations to our alma maters to shame. Winston Chung, founder and CEO of Chinese energy heavyweight

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New Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Significantly Extend the Range of Electric Cars

New Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Significantly Extend the Range of Electric Cars

Range anxiety is one of the biggest hurdles facing electric cars today. For electric vehicles to truly become mainstream, batteries will have to provide a longer range and become much cheaper.

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New Materials Could Double Chevy Volt Battery Capacity

New Materials Could Double Chevy Volt Battery Capacity

Since its release last December the Chevy Volt has proven to be extremely popular -- it's been crowned the 2011 Green Car of the Year, the North American Car of the Year and its sales eclipsed those of

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Silicon Nanopores Could Increase Lithium Ion Battery Capacity By 10x

Silicon Nanopores Could Increase Lithium Ion Battery Capacity By 10x

A team of researchers from Rice University and Lockheed Martin have found that silicon nanopores (micron-sized pores on top of silicon wafers) can increase lithium-ion battery capacity by 10 times. Since

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Stanford Researchers Develop Bendable Paper Batteries

Stanford Researchers Develop Bendable Paper Batteries

It’s finally happened: Now even paper can be “smart,” with the help of new paper-based lithium-ion batteries developed by Stanford materials scientists. The bendable batteries could

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Built-In Electrical Wiring Could Directly Monitor Home Energy Use

Built-In Electrical Wiring Could Directly Monitor Home Energy Use

Soon enough, your home electrical wiring could do more than just keep electronics running--it could also act as a giant information-transmitting antenna. Researchers at the University of Washington and

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Evatran Unveils World’s First Wireless EV Charger

Evatran Unveils World’s First Wireless EV Charger

In today's age of wireless technology, the plug-in electric vehicle is both revolutionary and kind of a throw-back to wired technologies of times past. Fear not -- wireless charging for your gas-free

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Researchers Develop Potato Powered Batteries

Researchers Develop Potato Powered Batteries

Potatoes are good for more than just filling up your stomach on the quick; they're also potential sources of electricity, according to Yissum Research Development Company Ltd. The company, which is an arm

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Horizon Releases Palm-Sized Fuel Cell Power Plant

Horizon Releases Palm-Sized Fuel Cell Power Plant

Ever dream of owning a palm-sized fuel cell to juice up your electronic devices on the go? Here’s your chance — Horizon just announced that it has started shipping a “disruptive

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Better Place Launches Real-World Battery Swapping Station in Tokyo

Better Place Launches Real-World Battery Swapping Station in Tokyo

Better Place is set to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry with their innovative plan for EV infrastructure -- and now they're putting their money where their mouth is by testing a brand new

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