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Power Sources: Fuel Cells, Solar Cells and Batteries

  • ID: 41715
  • Report
  • January 2003
  • Region: Global
  • 32 pages
  • Technology Research News
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This report examines the current state of power sources technology, organizes key issues and puts them in context, and succinctly explains how the technology works.

Power sources drive everything from microscopic machines to electric power grids, and as the pace of technological development continues to increase, so does the need for more efficient and sustainable means of generating and storing energy. Research efforts aimed at augmenting and eventually replacing today's energy production methods focus mostly on hydrogen and solar technologies. A major, long-term international research effort is aiming to make nuclear fusion a reality.

The report includes an executive summary, a list of 13 developments to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape, and a section of 34 researchers to watch, including links to their Web pages. It also includes a quick tour of 30 recent developments in six areas and a section of 23 in-depth news stories from TRN.

The stories are organized into six categories:
1. hydrogen generation and storage
2. fuel cells
3. solar cells
4. thermoelectric and piezoelectric generation
5. batteries
6. future power sources (which include fusion and zero-point energy.)

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Main Report Topics:
· Power for the people
· Generating alternatives
· Bottled lightning
· Elemental energy
· Prying hydrogen loose
· Stashing hydrogen away
· Chemical power
· Taking a cue from nature
· The ultimate power source
· Sand and sun
· Beyond silicon
· Splitting it up
· The cost of converting photons
· Recycling energy
· Good vibrations
· Packing power away
· Further down the line
· The unfathomable force of fusion
· Something from nothing
· Hand in glove

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