Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

July 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their invention uses a tiny sliver of wood from yellow pine trees coated with tin to create a device that is a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. Instead of lithium, they chose sodium which even though it does not store energy as efficiently, costs far less and is a much more common material. While you may not end up seeing this battery in a mobile device, it could be an ideal choice for large-scale facilities such as power plants. Read the rest of Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , biomimicry , hongli zhu , lianghing hu , lithium , nanobattery , sodium , teng li , tin , University of Maryland , Wood , wood fiber , yellow pine        

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All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

June 11, 2013 by  
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Researchers at the DoE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a lithium sulfur battery that is not only cheaper and safer than lithium ion batteries , but can store four times as much energy as its lithium ion counterparts. Used in small electronics and electric vehicles, lithium ion batteries are a standard for energy storage, but lithium sulfur batteries—which are already used in some solar aircraft —have the potential to succeed as an alternative with much higher energy density, and ORNL’s all-solid Li-S batteries are testing as safer and more durable than current Li-ion’s. Read the rest of All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery life , battery power , DOE , energy storage , lithium ion , lithium sulfur , oak ridge national laboratory , ornl        

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Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

June 11, 2013 by  
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New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand

April 26, 2013 by  
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As the clean tech and electric vehicle industries grow, there is an ever greater demand for lithium – the key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used to store energy in EVs, laptop computers and a host of other devices. At present the US imports around 80 percent of its lithium, but the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute just discovered a massive reserve that could transform the US from a “significant lithium importer to an independent lithium producer.” Read the rest of New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , carbon management institute , li batteries , li-ion , lithium , lithium batteries , lithium ion , lithium salt , natural resources , Rock Springs Uplift , unveristy of wyoming , wind energy , wyoming lithium        

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New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand

April 26, 2013 by  
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As the clean tech and electric vehicle industries grow, there is an ever greater demand for lithium – the key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used to store energy in EVs, laptop computers and a host of other devices. At present the US imports around 80 percent of its lithium, but the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute just discovered a massive reserve that could transform the US from a “significant lithium importer to an independent lithium producer.” Read the rest of New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , carbon management institute , li batteries , li-ion , lithium , lithium batteries , lithium ion , lithium salt , natural resources , Rock Springs Uplift , unveristy of wyoming , wind energy , wyoming lithium        

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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

April 26, 2013 by  
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April 26, 2013 by  
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Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble

April 26, 2013 by  
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Bubbles are bad – how can we forget the internet bubble of the 90s or the recent subprime mortgage crisis ? Now it seems that we have gotten ourselves into a new bubble – and the consequences of ignoring it could be disastrous for the planet. A recent report by the  Carbon Tracker Initiative shows that companies invested 674 billion dollars last year in developing nonrenewable energy assets globally. Add that to the fact that fossil fuel reserves already exceed the carbon budget and you get an unsupportable surplus – aka a “bubble.” Read the rest of Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energies , carbon bubble , coal demand , combating global warming , fossil fuel demand , fossil fuel supply , fossil fuel supply demand , global warming , oil demand , reducing carbon consumption , reducing emissions , reducing fossil fuels        

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New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster

April 17, 2013 by  
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With lithium ion batteries , it used to be that you would have to choose between power and storage capacity. But researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have proven that it is possible to have the best of both worlds with their new microbattery . Led by William P. King, the team published their results in the journal  Nature Commincations this week. Their technology could enable radio signals that could be broadcast 30 times farther and create devices 30 times smaller. The amazing new battery is able to be charged 1,000 times faster than rival batteries, and it’s about 2,000 times more powerful than its competitors . Read the rest of New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anode , cathode , charge , electropolishing , lithium ion battery , microstructure , nature communications , power , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , william p. king        

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Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

April 15, 2013 by  
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From cell phones to electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are the power pack of choice. They are capable of keeping large amounts of energy in a small space with relatively little weight, making them an efficient means of saving and delivering electricity. Researchers led by Maksym Kovalenko from the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich and Empa have developed a battery using tin nanocrystals for the anode that enable twice as much energy to be stored. Read the rest of Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anode , electrolyte , EMPA , ETH Zurich , lithium ion battery , maksym kovalenko , nanocrystal , nanomaterial , tin        

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