Artificial trees could generate renewable energy from vibration

U.S. researchers may have found a new form of green power generation from vibrations. New findings from an ongoing renewable energy study at Ohio State University, involving a new technology that looks something like artificial leafless trees with limited branches, show that it is likely that the trees will be able to draw consistent energy from vibrations. The researchers discovered that when shaken, the trees undergo a type of vibration that can be utilized to generate electricity and that this generation of energy could be conducted with small-scale artificial trees.…

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New solar energy technology has the ability to store its own electricity

Team of researchers develop a solar panel that can also store energy A team of researchers from Ohio State University have made a major breakthrough, creating a way for solar panels to store electrical energy without using an external battery. Typically, solar panels, and other photovoltaic systems, produce electrical power, not store it. Solar energy systems must rely on batteries in order to store the power they produce, but finding ways to enable solar panels to store their own energy may lead to less expensive energy systems overall. Solar battery…

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Discovery may help improve electric vehicles

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Researchers discover problem with lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles Electric vehicles are gaining traction among consumers, but these vehicles have seen sluggish adoption over the years due to concerns regarding efficiency, cost, and performance. The auto industry is heavily invested in clean transportation, with a focus on electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Automakers are not the only ones interested in helping solve some of the problems that exist with electric vehicles and a team of researchers from the Ohio State University may have identified previously…

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Turning human waste into energy

A professor of chemical and bimolecular engineering at the Ohio State University is claiming to have developed a method of producing hydrogen from a very unlikely source. Professor Geradine Botte says that she has found a way to generate hydrogen from urine. Using waste for hydrogen production has become a subject of interest amongst researches as the demand for fully self-sufficient fuel cells begins to grow. There are two compounds found in urine that can be used as a source of hydrogen: ammonia and urea. When an electric current is…

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