U.S. Power Grid Upgraded with An Advanced Power-Conversion Switch

  Researchers at General Electric Co. enlisted the help of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) when they needed help designing a plasma-based power switch.   The proposed switch, which GE is developing under contract with the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, could contribute to a more advanced and reliable … Continue reading U.S. Power Grid Upgraded with An Advanced Power-Conversion Switch

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Scientists Find Garnet Ceramics May be Great for High-energy Lithium Batteries

  Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered excellent properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.   Using scanning transmission electron microscopy, the ORNL-led team were able to take an atomic-level look at a cubic garnet material called LLZO. The researchers found the material … Continue reading Scientists Find Garnet Ceramics May be Great for High-energy Lithium Batteries

New Study Shows Why Batteries Fail

  A new study shows that rapid-charging a battery and using it to provide high-power, rapidly draining power may not be as damaging as researchers had originally thought, and the benefits of slow draining and recharging may have been overestimated.   These results challenge the prevailing view that “supercharging” batteries is always harder on battery … Continue reading New Study Shows Why Batteries Fail

Developing a Longer Life Smartphone Batterys

Ever since their rise in popularity, smartphones have had one very significant flaw. Battery life. This problem has lead to an entire industry of spare batteries, charge cases, mini power cables and much more. However, the underlying problem has never been solved. Why can’t we just create a battery that lasts longer?   Well, researchers … Continue reading Developing a Longer Life Smartphone Batterys

The History of AC vs. DC

Just about every home and business is wired for Alternating Current (AC). However, the decision to use Alternating Current (AC), rather than Direct Current (DC), didn’t happen without a lot of trial and error. In the late 1880s, a variety of inventions across the United States and Europe led to a full-scale battle between Alternating … Continue reading The History of AC vs. DC

Cleaning a Corroded Car Battery with Coca-Cola

In a many cases, ignition problems can be fixed by cleaning car battery corrosion from the terminals and cables, which couldn’t be simpler.   There are several reasons why a car battery develops corrosion on the posts and cables. If you find yourself with this problem there is a simple, everyday solution and a very … Continue reading Cleaning a Corroded Car Battery with Coca-Cola