Arizona gets plenty of sunlight, and researchers there are working hard to turn that energy into electricity we can use. At Arizona State University, graduate students make and test new materials that will allow us to build smaller, cheaper, flexible photovoltaic solar cells that can go almost anywhere and test solar cells to see how surface shape affects the energy production of the cells
Hydrogen bonds are an extremely efficient way to store energy. Unlike other fuel sources, hydrogen can’t be harvested easily so we have to make it. From the importance of developing an effective catalyst to speed up electrolysis, to the construction and operation of the fuel cell, this episode demonstrates that sometimes it only takes a little to do a lot.
A trip to Snowy River, a bright white crystalline formation found deep within Fort Stanton Cave in New Mexico, reveals a lot about life and energy in unexpected places. Host Lisa Van Pay meets Diana Northup and Monica Moya, researchers who study life in caves. As they explore the cave they ask questions, together science and engineering have resulted in advancements that have changed our lives dramatically. Now more than ever, the boundaries between science, technology and engineering blur together to extend our knowledge even further—but where does something completely new begin?