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Designing high-performance batteries

06.06.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsDeveloping high-energy and efficient battery technologies is one of the main aspects when it comes to advancing the electrification of transportation and aviation. However, sometimes it can take years before battery innovations are ready for large-scale application. One of the most important aspects of a battery is the electrolyte. Electrolytes are the battery...

Improving the Mechanisms of Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries

06.05.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsIt often takes a long time until technologies showing promising results in the lab during testing can be successfully launched onto the market. Such is the case with the lithium-sulphur battery. The battery has exhibited better performance than conventional lithium-ion batteries but has not yet managed to gain a foothold in the global markets, as its performance is...

Engineered Enzymes for Better Biofuels

12.04.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsPlant biomass is a renewable, abundant, and eco-friendly source of energy. Using plant biomass can reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve the problem of environmental pollution. A variety of biofuels such as biodiesel, biohydrogen, bioethanol, biogas stand alongside their fossil counterparts nowadays and are produced through different production processes....

Improved III-V Solar Cells

17.03.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsIn the PV industry, innovative manufacturing processes, new materials, solar cells, and modules designs are constantly being developed to increase the device performance and lower the final energy cost. One such innovative technology claiming an ever growing share of the solar panel market is heterojunction solar cells. Heterojunction solar cells (HJT), variously...

Using Semiconductors to Improve Solid-State Batteries

13.03.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsNowadays many major players as well as start-ups are actively involved in the electric vehicles industry and racing to develop safer and more efficient batteries. One type of battery which has received increased attention lately is solid-state batteries. Other than lithium-ion batteries, they use a solid electrolyte, which allows for leaving out a separator...

Silicon-based Multijunction Solar Cell Reaches Record Efficiency of 36.1 Percent

22.02.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsSolar cells and solar panels are commonly used to harness the energy of the sun and convert it to electricity in an environmentally-friendly manner. However, despite their widespread application their photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency is more or less limited to 29.4 percent. To somewhat improve this limitation, they can be coated with additional materials to...

Hydrogen Tanks for Cars

29.01.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsHydrogen is considered to be one of the pillars of the imminent energy transition. The gas, however, brings along several challenges concerning its safe transportation as it is highly explosive and must therefore be transported in high-pressure tanks. These tanks have a pressure of 700 bar and are made of fiber-reinforced composites (FRC). Compared to metal tanks,...

Modular Flow Cells for Efficient Chemical Processes

10.01.2024

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsIn the light of growing energy demands and climate change, harnessing energy from different sources of energy will become increasingly important. Among these alternative methods of energy production, electrochemical processes like water electrolysis stand out as, on the one hand, they draw on electricity, not on chemical substances and, on the other, can respond to...

Solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) for Clean Hydrogen Production

15.12.2023

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsSolid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are an emerging technology for converting chemical energy to electricity. Owing to intense research efforts dedicated to increasing the stability and performance of SOFCs, the SOFC technology is experiencing a rapidly growing interest throughout the world. Electrolysis is currently the most promising method of hydrogen production from...

Advances in Zinc-Organic Battery Technology

02.12.2023

Aenert. Research Laboratory newsAqueous zinc-organic batteries (ZOBs) are a fairly modern class of batteries featuring all the advantageous traits of zinc-ion batteries and organic cathode materials: They draw on renewable resources and have a positive impact on CO2 emissions. Especially the tunability of their molecular structure and the diversity of organic reactions which they can produce makes...