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Beware of the Batteries That You Use!

Have you ever noticed that the batteries are becoming smaller and smaller day after day? Many scientists and researchers have been finding the effective way to shrink the batteries into the smallest size as possible! In this case, Jae Kwon, an assistant professor of Electrical and computer engineering has recently developed a nuclear energy source, which is smaller, lighter and more efficient than the common batteries. Kwon’s described that the new discovered radioisotope battery can provide power density as much as six orders of magnitude higher than chemical batteries. Kwon and his research team members have been cooperated and working on building a small nuclear battery. According to the information, the radioisotope batteries are having the size and thickness of a penny, but it’s powerful enough to power various micro or nanoelectromechanical systems. Even though the nuclear power sources have always been a safety concern, they’ve claimed to be safe, as the nuclear power sources have been used for powering many types of devices, including the pace-makers, space satellites and underwater systems. Kwon’s battery is in a liquid semiconductor rather than a solid semiconductor, as he believed that the liquid semiconductor can overcome the problem, where the lattice structure of…

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Microfluidic Fuel Cells – The New Power Source for Portable Electronic Devices

Our world is now fulfilling with many portable electric devices. Well, believe it or not, some of the people are too dependable on portable electric devices, such as laptop, MP3 player, iPod and much more that they cannot live their life without them! In this case, Daniel Spencer, the graduated student from University of Southampton on July 17, has just discovered that the microfluidic fuel cells might be able to provide the essential energy to supply continuous power to portable electric devices! Mr. Spencer described that microfluidic cells are known as the best solution to overcome the higher capacity energy storage problem. It can be done by utilizing the chemical bond energy, which is being stored in fuels with high calorific values. It’s possible for the fuel cells to convert chemical energy from a fuel into electric energy. A polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell, one of the simplest devices, uses the electrochemical reaction of a fuel and oxidant to generate an electric current continuously! However, Mr. Spencer said more research is needed for integration of fuel cells into a complete system. He decides to further his PhD and uses the Microfluidic subject as the main topic for his final…

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Oyster Wave Power Device – The Proud Product from Aquamarine Power

Aquamarine Power, as one of the world leading wave energy technology developers, they’re well known as the best marine energy sites in the UK, Ireland, Europe and worldwide. Allan Thomson and Professor Trevor Whittaker were the two founders of Aquamarine Power in 2005. Recently, the incredible team was overjoyed, when they’ve won the coveted ‘Innovator Award 2009’ for its market leading Oyster wave energy converter at this year’s British Renewable Energy Awards! During the competition, Aquamarine Power was competed against seven other nominees to win the award. Technically, it’s a very tough competition, as it concentrates in the following fields: Innovative features of concept and design, Achievement in meeting original objectives, Proven success of the device, The demonstration of exceptional effort through continuous development and testing. The Oyster wave energy converter is a very high-tech device. It represents the combination of wisdom and environmentally friendly features altogether. By using the Oyster wave energy converter, it’s possible for the human being to harness the sea’s powerful energy in the most efficient yet effective way! For your information, the Oyster wave energy converter has been well-designed to capture the energy found in amplified surge forces in near-shore waves. Each passing wave activates…

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The New Battery Revolution is arriving!

Did you know that Alessandro Volta was the man that invented the first battery in 1800? Honestly, if you have the chance to see the first battery, you won’t want it at all, as its size is as huge as a long couch! After years and years of modification, the batteries have rapidly changed, from the bulky and heavy to the powerful and slight forms. Open up your eyes widely, as you’re about to witness the world’s thinnest printable batteries! Yep, the batteries claimed to have a size thinner than a millimeter and lighter than a gram. The more incredible thing is it can be produced through a simple printing process. In the future, you won’t have to rush to the bank for updating your bank statement or doing the money transfer stuffs! With a touch of the EC card and a small integrated display, it shows the TAN number in front your eyes! After it, you just have to type in the TAN number and you’re done with the bank stuffs. Isn’t it as simple as ABC? Professor Dr. Reinhard Baumann and his team members from the Fraunhofer Research Intuition developed these magnificent printable batteries. They main objective is…

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The New Powerful Lithium Battery

 Did you know that over 72% of the people always confused about the differences between Lithium Battery and Lithium-ion battery? Majority of them thought that these two batteries are actually from the same types! First of all, the biggest and most obvious difference between Lithium battery and Lithium-ion battery is Lithium battery are normally disposable battery, while Lithium-ion battery is a type of rechargeable battery! Due to the disposable feature, most people think it’s not environmental friendly to use the Lithium battery. However, thanks to the research team from University of Waterloo, they have demonstrated the robust electrochemical performance for a lithium-sulphur battery. Linda Nazar, the team leader of the research team said that this new type of Lithium battery could store and deliver more than three times the power of conventional Lithium-ion batteries! Nazar described that sulphur is one of the cheapest chemical materials. By using the sulphur in the Lithium battery, it can lowering the production cost and prolongs the Lithium batteries life as well! Hence, sulphur is the best option to be used in new type of Lithium battery. “The only obstacle was always the cathode, the part of the battery that stores and releases electrons!” Said…

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How does bacteria-filled fuel cell work?

Everyone knows bacteria as a disease causing agent. But the researchers of bio Design University have proved that bacteria, the tiny micro organism is viable for generating electricity. Recent study on journal of bioengineering and biotechnology showed that bacteria filled fuel cells work. Critical insight of this microbial organism leads to commercialization. The remains of animals or any organism which are considered as waste are capable of generating electricity. In fact at current scenario everybody meets the shortage of electricity due to development in industry and technology that makes use of electricity. Microbial cells working: Marcus, graduate in engineering proved the manure of pig and waste indeed serve the purpose for generation of electricity. The catalytic reaction of biological organisms has been made use for the getting electrical energy thru chemical energy. A specific membrane separates the cathode, negatively charged electrode and anode, positively charged electrode immersed inside a microbial fuel. The fuel in the anode is oxidized by microbial organism generating protons and electrons. Through electric circuit electrons are transmitted to cathode and protons via membrane leading to the formation of water. Glucose and methanol obtained form the scraps of food are widely used bacteria-filled fuel cells, which may…

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Energy types for running cars

There are a number of sources of fuel available for various cars. But most of the available forms of fuel are either non-replenish able or is available only to a small extent. Man has been dependent on fossil fuels to a great extent for powering cars and various types of automobiles. This has lead to a situation where the fossil fuel deposits may not last for many years and that the available fossil fuel might be consumed in a few decades of time. All these lead to searching of new fuels or those that are available in plenty. Evolution of new sources of energy All these lead to the development of various other means of fuelling cars and automobiles. Some of the non conventional fuels that were developed in the recent times include hydrogen gas powered vehicles, solar powered vehicles, compressed air powered vehicles, hydro powered vehicles and the list keeps on extending every day. One of the latest additions to this list of non conventional source of energy to fuel cars and other automobiles is the biofuel. Biofuels are those that are extracted from various wastes from factories and they belong to non fossil fuel type. Scientists and other…

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