Energy

A major area of nanotechnology application is that or energy collection, generation and storage. This topic entails articles under these mentioned topics.

  • A hydrophobic membrane with nanopores for highly efficient energy storage

    A hydrophobic membrane with nanopores for highly efficient energy storage | Lab set-up of a redox flow battery with the hydrophobic membrane (grey device at the bottom of the image) and two electrolyte reservoirs (bottles with yellow liquid). Image: Philipp Scheffler / DWI

    Storing fluctuating and delivering stable electric power supply are central issues when using energy from solar plants or wind power stations. Here, efficient and flexible energy storage systems need to accommodate for fluctuations in energy gain. Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI), RWTH Aachen University and Hanyang University in Seoul now significantly improved a key component for the development of new energy storage systems.

  • Applications of Graphene

    Application of Graphene

    In order to get introduced to Graphene, a good point of start would be Graphite. Graphite is a naturally-occurring form of crystalline carbon. It is a native element mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rocks. Regarding its composition, Graphite is a stack of carbon-atom layers.

  • Beim Laden von Lithium-Luft-Akkus entsteht hochreaktiver Singulett-Sauerstoff

    Lithium-Luft-Akkus gelten als Zukunftstechnologie: Theoretisch können sie nicht nur wesentlich leistungsfähiger sein als die derzeit gängigen Lithium-Ionen-Akkus, sondern auch leichter. Noch sind die neuen Energiespeicher allerdings nicht reif für die Praxis – schon nach wenigen Ladezyklen machen die Akkus schlapp. Woran das liegt, haben jetzt Wissenschaftler der Technischen Universität München (TUM) und des Forschungszentrums Jülich untersucht und einen potenziellen Übeltäter entdeckt: Hochreaktiven Singulett-Sauerstoff, der beim Laden des Akkus frei wird.

  • Dauerbetrieb der Tokamaks rückt näher

    Aussichtsreiche Experimente in ASDEX Upgrade / Bedingungen für ITER und DEMO nahezu erfüllt

  • Effizient und sicher: Forscher bereiten Markteintritt für neuartigen Heimenergiespeicher vor

    Einem Wissenschaftlerteam vom EWE-Forschungszentrum NEXT ENERGY ist es gelungen, die Vanadium-Redox-Flow-Technologie für den kosteneffizienten Einsatz in Heimenergiespeichern weiterzuentwickeln. Aktuell wird der Markteintritt vorbereitet. Präsentiert wird das innovative „ResiFlow“-Konzept vom 25. bis 29. April 2016 auf der Hannover Messe.

  • Electric mobility: Opportunities for climate protection in Europe

    Several Smart electric drive cars charging at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

    Getting more electric vehicles on the roads in Europe can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and air pollutants within the European Union. If the share of electric mobility in passenger road transport increases to 80 percent by 2050, the CO2 emissions of the passenger road transport sector in Europe can be reduced by up to 84 percent compared to 2010.

  • Energy hybrid: Battery meets super capacitor

    After stations in Zurich, Kanada and Scotland ERC Starting Grant awardee Stefan Freunberger researches on new energy storage systems at TU Graz. © Lunghammer - TU Graz

    Researcher at TU Graz demonstrates in Nature Materials that it is possible to combine the high-energy density of batteries with the high-power output of super capacitors in a single system – thanks to liquid energy storage materials. Batteries and super capacitors are electrochemical energy storage media, but they are as different as night and day. Both are capable of energy storage and targeted energy release – and yet there are major differences between the two. Batteries store very large amounts of energy that is released slowly but constantly. By contrast, super capacitors can only store small amounts of energy, but they release this energy much faster and more powerfully with large short-term peak currents.

  • Fraunhofer IISB releases foxBMS, a universal, royalty free and fully open battery management system

    Fraunhofer IISB is proud to announce the launch of its first generation, free, open, and flexible battery management system, namely foxBMS. At the conference “Batterietagung 2016” (battery-power.eu) foxBMS will be presented publicly for the first time. Visit us at Batterietagung 2016 on April 25-27 in Muenster, Germany, at the Fraunhofer Battery Alliance stand (booth 18). foxBMS will also be on show at the Fraunhofer IISB stand at the PCIM Europe 2016 from May 10-12 in Nuremberg, Germany. Currently, a total of 15 renowned industrial and research organizations from 7 countries worldwide have been selected from a long list of volunteers to participate in an intensive beta testing program.

  • Fraunhofer ISE and NREL collaborate on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research

    Left to right (standing): Bryan Pivovar, NREL; Sunita Satyapal, U.S. DOE; Helge Pols, BMVi; Klaus Bonhoff, NOW. Left to right (sitting): Keith Wipke, NREL, Christopher Hebling, Fraunhofer ISE. ©NREL

    The two largest research organizations for renewable energy research in the world, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for close collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies research. The official launch took place on Monday, October 10th at the “f-cell / World of Energy Solutions” conference in Stuttgart.

  • Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

    New materials enable high speed frequencies: Fraunhofer ISE develops resonant DC/DC converters with 2.5 MHz as demonstrator for aeronautical applications. ©Fraunhofer ISE

    The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

  • Fraunhofer IWS scientists are now able to offer n-conductive polymers as processable paste

    Printed TEG (thermoelectric generator) made of p- and n-conductive polymer and silver contact © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    The Fraunhofer IWS has made another important step forward with respect to the research on n-conductive polymers for printed electronics. The Dresden scientists succeeded in modifying an n-conductive polymer, already synthesized in 2015, in such a way that it can now be processed as a paste and be printed in a three-dimensional manner.

  • Hamburger Wissenschaftler entwickeln Nanomaterialien für die Umwandlung von Wärme in Strom

    Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Technischen Universität Hamburg (TUHH), des Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) in Kooperation mit der kanadischen University of Alberta haben ein neuartiges optisches Nanomaterial hergestellt, das es ermöglicht, Wärme direkt in Strahlung und danach mit hoher Effizienz in elektrische Energie umzuwandeln. Das neu entwickelte Nanomaterial soll einen wichtigen Beitrag leisten, moderne Industriegesellschaften auf ressourcenschonenden Energieeinsatz umzustellen. Publiziert wird die Arbeit am 6. Juni 2016 in „Nature Communications“, einer der weltweit wichtigsten Fachzeit-schriften für fachübergreifende, wissenschaftliche Forschungsarbeiten.

  • Heating and cooling with environmental energy

    The technical centre “Gebäude G” at the Biberach University of Applied Sciences. Different types of TABS are built-in here. The building is used for research and teaching.   © Hochschule Biberach. Institut für Gebäude- und Energiesysteme, Stefan Sättele

    Environmental energy provides an efficient way to supply energy to non-residential buildings such as office and administration buildings, educational and recreational facilities as well as industrial sheds. The buildings can be efficiently heated and cooled using the combined use of thermo-active building systems and heat pumps. Across 24 pages, the new BINE-Themeninfo brochure entitled "Efficiently heating & cooling non-residential buildings" (II/2016) presents low-exergy concepts for these buildings.

  • Helpers for energy acquisition from plants

    Investigated the chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana: Barbara Kalisch and Prof. Peter Dörmann of the Institute of Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology of Plants at Universität Bonn. © Photo: Barbara Frommann / University of Bonn

    Research into plant cells is far from complete. Scientists under the biochemist Professor Peter Dörmann at Universität Bonn have now succeeded in describing the function of chloroplasts in more detail. These are plant and algal cell structures that are responsible for photosynthesis. The results have now been published in the scientific journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA" (PNAS).

  • Lithium-Ionen Akkus: Kapazität kann um das Sechsfache gesteigert werden

    Lithium Ionen Akkus Kapazität kann um das Sechsfache gesteigert werden | Lithium-Ionen wandern in die Schicht aus kristallinem Silizium ein. Im Lauf der Beladung bildet sich eine 20 Nanometer dünne Schicht (rot) in der Si-Elektrode, die extrem viele Lithium-Atome aufnimmt Abbildung: HZB

    Lithium-Ionen-Akkus könnten ihre Kapazität um das Sechsfache erhöhen, wenn ihre Anode statt aus Graphit aus Silizium bestünde. Ein Team vom Institut für weiche Materie und funktionale Materialien des Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) hat erstmals detailliert beobachtet, wie Lithium-Ionen in Silizium einwandern. Ihre Arbeit zeigt, dass schon extrem dünne Silizium-Schichten ausreichen, um die theoretisch mögliche Kapazität des Akkus zu realisieren. Die Arbeit ist veröffentlicht in der Zeitschrift ACSnano der American Chemical Socity (DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b02032)

  • Matter-antimatter symmetry confirmed with precision record

    Sketch of the experimental setup used at CERN for the determination of the antiproton-to-electron mass ratio. Graphic: Masaki Hori

    CERN experiment sets precision record in the measurement of the antiproton to electron mass ratio using a new innovative cooling technique. According to the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, to each particle exists an antiparticle that is supposed to behave exactly the same way. Thus, “anti-people” in an “anti-world” would observe the same laws of physics, or make the same experiences in general, as we do. This postulate is, however, difficult to prove, since it is almost impossible to perform measurements on antimatter: whenever an antiparticle meets is matter-counterpart, both particles annihilate, accompanied by the creation of energy.

  • Micromotors to open new horizons

    Electron microscope image of nanoscale Janus particles, which the Freigeist-group is going to test regarding their capacity as photocatalytic nanomotors. Juliane Simmchen

    Dr. Juliane Simmchen is going to explore new paths in chemistry. Being awarded a “Freigeist” Fellowship by the Volkswagen Foundation over 844.000 Euro for the next five years, Dr. Simmchen will establish her own junior research team at the Chair of Physical Chemistry (Prof. Alexander Eychmüller) at TU Dresden.

  • Neuer Katalysator für die Wasserstoffproduktion

    Neuer Katalysator für die Wasserstoffproduktion | Es müssen nicht immer Edelmetalle sein: Ulf-Peter Apfel und seine Kollegen haben ein neues vielversprechendes Katalysatormaterial entdeckt. Photo: RUB, Kramer

    Das Mineral Pentlandit ist ein potenzieller neuer Katalysator für die Wasserstoffproduktion. Forscher beschreiben in der Zeitschrift „Nature Communications“, dass es genauso effizient arbeitet wie heute übliche Platinelektroden. Im Gegensatz zu Platin ist Pentlandit günstig und kommt häufig auf der Erde vor. Ein Team um Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel und Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann von der Ruhr-Universität Bochum beschreibt die Ergebnisse gemeinsam mit Kollegen vom Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr und der Technischen Universität in Bratislava.

  • Significantly more productivity in USP lasers

    With the hybrid systems composed of freely programmable multi-beam optics and galvo scanners, a laser beam can be split into any number of beamlets. © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Volker Lannert.

    In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.

  • Smaller, more efficient energy-saving chips “made in Europe”

    EPPL strengthened European industry and research by innovating advanced semiconductor products made in Europe CTR

    Research project led by Infineon successfully completed. Joint press information from the partners in the European research project “Enhanced Power Pilot Line”.