Leader in Buildings Research Receives Prestigious Black Engineer of the Year STEM Award

Roderick Jackson Follows His Passion for Science, Students, and Social Justice At the age of 3, Roderick Jackson, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) laboratory program manager for buildings research, landed his first job. He was tasked with picking up straight nails as a member of the framing crew for his father’s construction business. As … Read more

Lithium-Sulfur Batteries’ Commercial Viability Improves With Breakthrough In Cathode Chemistry

America’s growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has shed light on the significant challenge of sustainably sourcing the battery technology necessary for the broad shift to renewable electric and away from fossil fuels. In hopes of making batteries that not only perform better than those currently used in EVs, but also are made from readily … Read more

Accelerated Ammonia Synthesis Holds Promise for Conversion of Renewable Energy

Research by Japanese scientists at Hiroshima University reveals a way to make ammonia from its constituent molecules of nitrogen and hydrogen at ambient pressure. The new study, published on Feb. 2 in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C, demonstrates a process with potential for use in renewable energy storage and transfer, which relies on a … Read more

Autism, ADHD Linked to Increased Mortality Risk

All-cause mortality is significantly higher for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder than for the general population, based on data from more than 600,000 individuals. Studies of individuals with mental disorders have suggested an increased mortality risk, compared with the general population, but similar studies of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or … Read more

Photovoltaics for underwater wireless communication – pv magazine International

Researchers in China used commercially available solar cells to create an underwater optimized lens-free system for high-speed optical detection and have found that the PV devices enable a much larger detection area than commonly used photodiodes. February 17, 2022 Emiliano Bellini Although solar cells lose much of their power yield when submerged, as the devices … Read more