Proof of concept verifies physics that could enable quantum batteries

For quantum batteries, the bigger the battery, the faster it charges. For the first time, team of scientists has now demonstrated the quantum mechanical principle of superabsorption that underpins quantum batteries in a proof-of-concept device.

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Kevlar fibers fortify lithium-sulfur battery with 5x capacity of Li-ion

With the capacity to store up to five times the energy of lithium-ion solutions, researchers have a keen interest in lithium-sulfur batteries, and a team at the University of Michigan has taken a step toward realizing their real-world potential.

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Chinese tokamak keeps plasma 2.6 times as hot as the Sun for 17 minutes

Good news for fusion energy progress and a new world record for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as its Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), or "artifical sun," maintains 70 million degrees Celsius (126 million °F) for 1,056 seconds.

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Nailable Timberline Energy Shingles aim to popularize home solar

GAF Energy has launched Timberline Solar Energy Shingles (ES) at CES 2022. The ultra-thin, flat-mounted shingles install just like a regular shingle, bringing low-profile solar energy to a home's rooftop.

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The most creative battery breakthroughs of 2021

This year served up a stellar crop of battery advances that resulted from researchers thinking outside the box, reimagining these devices and the way they function. Let's take a look at the most creative and interesting examples.

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World’s longest flexible fiber battery design could stretch a kilometer

MIT engineers have produced the world's longest flexible fiber battery. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is only a few hundred microns thick but 140 meters long, and according to the team could be produced at lengths far greater than that.

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KSTAR fusion reactor sets record with 30-second plasma confinement

A popular design in the pursuit of fusion power is the tokamak and an exciting example of these donut-shaped reactors can be found at the Korea Institute of Fusion Energy, where a new record for maintaining super-hot plasma has reportedly been set.

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Hybrid membrane edges flow batteries toward grid-scale energy storage

Scientists in China have come up with a new design for the membrane of redox flow batteries that solves some key shortcomings and takes the technology closer to realizing its potential as a storage solution for renewable energy.

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Helion raises billions promising net electricity from fusion by 2024

Washington startup Helion Energy says its seventh-gen Polaris prototype will be the world's first fusion generator to demonstrate net electricity production, as early as 2024, and it's roped in a record-breaking funding round to get it built and running.

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Energy-harvesting nanogenerator inspired by swaying seaweed

If you've ever peeked below the surface of the ocean, you'll have seen seaweed waving back and forth in the current. Scientists from China's Dalian Maritime University have now utilized that same motion in an underwater energy-harvesting device.

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