Energy

Revolutionizing the Photovoltaic Industry with Quantum Dots.

Introduction The great aspect of solar cells is that they are producing non-polluting renewable energy by absorbing photons i.e. sunlight, and by extension converting the energy  of the photon to electrical energy for applications or conservation.  One of the main challenges in the photovoltaic industry is the 33% efficiency limit for any traditional solar cell …

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Lithium Sulfur the Next-Gen Lithium Ion Battery?

The lithium ion battery chemistries are reaching their theoretical limits. The transition to sustainable energy sources such as solar- and wind power requires large energy storage systems to counter their intermittency. Furthermore, the electrification of the transportation sector increases the demand for higher specific capacities i.e., the capacity to weight ratio. The needs are right …

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Pushing the Boundaries of Lithium-Ion Batteries With Nanotechnology

Note: Image adopted from UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps-faculty/potw/potw/potw1313 Today it is hard to imagine a world where smartphones, laptops, smartwatches, and electric vehicles are not rechargeable. This indispensable attribute is thanks to the lithium-ion battery (LIB) which was first commercialized by Sony and Asahi Kasei in 1991 [i]. Our demand …

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Nanocatalysts in hydrogen fuel cells.

Hydrogen fuel cells (HFCs) are devices that use hydrogen as a fuel to generate electricity and have great potential for automotive applications and drones. Catalysts are used to power the reactions in the HFC and currently nanotechnology plays a major role in constructing cheaper electrocatalysts. Content What are hydrogen fuel cells? Nanoscale catalysts – Pt-dispersed …

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