Researchers develop new tool to observe hydrogen fuel cells

Research team designs nanochip that is capable of examining nanocatalysts within fuel cells A team of researchers from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have developed a new tool that will be able to analyze how nanocatalysts foster chemical reactions to produce electrical power. These nanocatalysts are typically used in fuel cells, which consume hydrogen fuel in order to generate energy. Being able to analyze the chemical reactions occurring within a fuel cell could give researchers more insight into how to improve fuel cell technology, thereby making the energy systems less expensive…

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UCLA researchers make breakthrough in solar energy

Solar energy - solar cell research

Solar energy breakthrough achieved by UCLA researchers Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) have made a major breakthrough in the field of solar energy. The team has been working on developing a new kind of solar cell that could change the way energy is harnessed from sunlight and open up more efficient options when it comes to tapping into this energy. Researchers have developed a transparent photovoltaic film that may be able to turn nearly any surface into a solar energy collector. Transparent solar cells are gaining…

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UCLA and UC Berkeley release policy paper on electric vehicles

Electric Vehicle Sales

Policy paper calls for legislative action to support adoption of electric vehicles A new policy paper from the UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law has been released and highlights the legislative actions that should be taken to ensure the mass-adoption of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles had once been considered a novelty, but have proven their capabilities and prowess over the past several years. Now, electric vehicles are often considered a viable replacement for traditional cars, especially for those that are concerned for the environment. Though consumers have been showing…

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UCLA researchers make a breakthrough in transparent solar cells

Solar Energy Developer Acquired

Research team makes progress with solar energy technology Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have made progress on the research and development of transparent solar cells. These types of solar cells have been growing in popularity within the science and technology communities because of their possible applications in creating solar energy systems. Because they are transparent, the cells could be affixed to windows, allowing for the passive generation of solar energy without the need for the common photovoltaic solar panels that are often associated with solar energy…

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UCLA researchers develop new graphene supercapacitors that store massive amounts of energy

Hydrogen Research

Researchers from UCLA have developed a new way to produce supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are the common term referring to electrochemical capacitors. These technologies are capable of storing massive electrical charges and can discharge this energy more quickly than batteries. Supercapacitors are often considered the best form of energy storage currently available, but their production is costly and time consuming. UCLA researchers believe they have solved the problem of cost by using graphene, an allotrope of carbon. By using graphene, researchers have been able to construct affordable supercapacitors that are significantly more…

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