Why sodium-ion batteries don’t last as long

Hydrogen seems to be the culprit behind the short lifespans of sodium-ion batteries, a potential replacement for costly lithium-ion batteries.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries electricity hydrogen lithium

Better renewable energy storage could cut emissions

With more investment, better energy storage for wind and solar power could prevent extra energy from being wasted and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment batteries money renewable-energy taxes

Battery gets ‘blue energy’ from ocean and freshwater mix

A new battery technology can capture "blue energy" from places where saltwater and freshwater mix and constantly keep itself charged.

Rob Jordan-Stanford | July 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment batteries renewable-energy salt water

Wireless charging can mess up your phone’s battery

Wireless charging may be handy, but new research shows it can mess with your phone's battery and even shorten how long your device will last.

Alice Scott-Warwick | July 12, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries electricity mobile-devices

X-rays show how solid-state batteries crack

Cracks can be a big problem for solid-state batteries, so researchers are looking deeper to figure out the issue.

John Toon-Georgia Tech | July 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology batteries electricity imaging-technology x-rays

X-rays reveal damage in lithium-ion battery electrodes

A new imaging technique for lithium-ion battery electrodes could lead to more reliable batteries with higher charging capacity.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | June 5, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology batteries imaging-technology

Stretchy ‘nano-forest’ might power future wearables

A new supercapacitor shows solid performance and stability—even when researchers stretch it to 800 percent of its original size.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | May 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries electricity materials-science nanotechnology supercapacitor wearable-devices

Chip mimics the brain for better computing

A set of devices that act as artificial synapses, mimicking the way neurons communicate in the brain, performs even better than researchers hoped.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | May 2, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology artificial-intelligence batteries brains computers synapses

Extra tough supercapacitor keeps charge after 40 hammer strikes

Dropping electronics can seriously damage their batteries. A device that can stand up to a car crash could change that.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | April 28, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries electricity nanotechnology supercapacitor

Home batteries can sap your solar system’s value

Putting solar panels on your roof is probably a good investment, no matter where you live. But adding a home battery may do more harm than good.

Mark Golden-Stanford | April 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment batteries electricity money renewable-energy solar-cells

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