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Fine-tuning metal-oxide catalysts enhances energy storage

Fine-tuning metal-oxide catalysts enhances energy storage
Chemical reactions that release oxygen in the presence of a catalyst, known as oxygen-evolution reactions, are a crucial part of chemical energy storage processes, including water splitting, electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction, and ammonia production. The kinetics of this type of reaction are generally slow, but compounds called metal oxides can have catalytic activities that vary over several orders of magnitude, with some exhibiting the highest such rates reported to date.
10th January 2017

New South Wales government launches storage challenge

New South Wales government launches storage challenge
The government of New South Wales, Australia, issued a call for energy storage proposals to help wind and solar generators deliver energy to the grid constantly. The call for proposals is part of the government’s Advanced Energy Challenge. Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts said that the initiative will stimulate new energy-related ideas and turn them into effective technologies and business models.
22nd December 2016

Leading the way to a low-carbon future

Leading the way to a low-carbon future
Playing a major role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy, a trial of the largest grid-scale battery in Britain has proven it can potentially transform the energy grid. The ‘big battery’, designed and run by UK Power Networks and based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, stores energy when demand is low and releases it at peak times.
5th December 2016


Energy-efficient storage systems for industrial warehouses

Energy-efficient storage systems for industrial warehouses
A demand for energy-efficient solutions in every industry is becoming an issue, due to rising electricity costs, with logistics and distribution being no exception. KASTO has developed an energy recovery and storage system for its German-built industrial warehouses, used globally for automated storage and retrieval of bar, tube, sheet, plate and other materials.
29th November 2016

Microscale energy storage units support wearable devices

Microscale energy storage units support wearable devices
Energy storage units that can be integrated into wearable and flexible electronic systems are becoming increasingly important in today's world. A research team from KAUST has now developed a microsupercapacitor that exploits three-dimensional porous electrodes. These micropower units are expected to enable a new generation of "smart"products, such as self-powered sensors for wearables, security, structural health monitoring and "internet of things" applications.
21st November 2016

Storing CO2 by turning it into rock

Storing CO2 by turning it into rock
In November, the Paris Climate Agreement goes into effect to reduce global carbon emissions. To achieve the set targets, experts say capturing and storing carbon must be part of the solution. Several projects throughout the world are trying to make that happen. Now, a study on one of those endeavors, reported in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, has found that within two years, carbon dioxide (CO2) injected into basalt transformed into solid rock.
18th November 2016

Material enhances photosynthesis energy conversion efficiency

The development of a thin-film process technology has been announced by Fujitsu which increases oxygen-producing efficiency by more than 100 fold. This is compared to using photocatalyst material as-is, with photoreactive electrodes that produce electricity and oxygen through the interaction of sunlight and water, used in artificial photosynthesis.
16th November 2016

Record for storing solar energy in hydrogen fuel

Record for storing solar energy in hydrogen fuel
Solar energy has the potential to provide abundant power, but only if scientists solve two key issues: storing the energy for use at all hours, particularly at night, and making the technology more cost effective. Now an interdisciplinary team at Stanford has made significant strides toward solving the storage issue, demonstrating the most efficient means yet of storing electricity captured from sunlight in the form of chemical bonds.
2nd November 2016

Safe storage method key to hydrogen-powered vehicles

Safe storage method key to hydrogen-powered vehicles
A major new discovery by scientists at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Cardiff in the UK, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia, has shown that hydrocarbon wax rapidly releases large amounts of hydrogen when activated with catalysts and microwaves. This discovery of a potential safe storage method, reported in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, could pave the way for widespread adoption of hydrogen-fuelled cars.
20th October 2016

A type of supercapacitor made without carbon

A type of supercapacitor made without carbon
Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have for the first time developed a supercapacitor that uses no conductive carbon at all, and that could potentially produce more power than existing versions of this technology. The team’s findings are being reported in the journal Nature Materials, in a paper by Mircea Dincă, an MIT associate professor of chemistry; Yang Shao-Horn, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy; and four others.
11th October 2016


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POWER & ENERGY 2017
22nd November 2017
Rwanda Kigali