Stories about Energy
The revolution of plantoids
Robots are usually inspired by humans and animals. But the very last frontier is the ‘plantoids’ – plant robots able to move and explore the environment with their smart sensors. Their ‘mother’ is researcher Barbara Mazzolai
Creating longer lasting batteries by using Jenga
Will a different crystal structure prolong the lifespan of batteries?
Research projects about Energy
The PROME3THE2US2 project aims to design and implement an innovative solid-state structure to transform concentrated solar radiation into electric energy. The ultimate goal is the development of efficient high-temperature solar cells.
The AMADEUS project targets the development of new devices in the field of thermal energy storage. Such devices should be able to operate at temperatures of up to 2000 °C, well beyond current limits of around 1000 °C. To this aim, the project will perform the proof of concept of a new kind of hybrid photovoltaic devices which have been formulated theoretically. AMADEUS aims at kick-starting an emerging research community around this new technology.
The DIACAT project aims at using man-made diamonds and light to enable conversion of CO2 into useful chemicals and futuristic fuels. This technology would be able to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and allow scientists to recycle the carbon dioxide produced by the combustion of current fuels.
The Landauer project aims at developing innovative basic physical switches for digital devices. The switches should be capable of operating below the limit identified by the Landauer’s principle. This principle states that there are inferior limits to the energy consumption taking place during computations. Beating the limit may pave the way towards the development of computers with very low energy consumption.
The project LiRichFCC aims to create and to develop a new set of lithium-based batteries. They will do so by optimizing the possible compositions of the materials, and their respective structural properties and dynamics together with optimal synthesis techniques.
The GrowBot project wishes to develop robots that imitate the behaviour of climbing plants using ICT technologies. They adapt their movements based on external environmental conditions and grow accordingly using additive manufacturing processes. This technology may find applications related to energy efficiency and harvesting.