Directors of CISTAR (USA) visit CINE within the Center-to-Center cooperation

Two members of the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) visited CINE between the 20th and 24th of March: Prof. Abhaya Datye (University of New Mexico), Director of International Programs at CISTAR, and Prof. Denise Driscoll (Purdue University), Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Since last year, CINE has maintained a cooperation with CISTAR. Both CINE and CISTAR are multi-institutional engineering research centers dedicated to decarbonization technologies […]

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Studies carried out with advanced techniques and synchrotron light bring perovskite solar cells closer to commercialization

A body of recent research is accelerating the development of perovskite solar cells. These studies monitored, in real time and in detail, the changes that occur in perovskite films during processes that influence their early degradation – one of the main obstacles to the commercialization of this emerging photovoltaic technology. The studies, several of which were carried out in Brazil in the context of CINE, are based on the use […]

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New device monitors the state of charge and the aging of batteries of all types

A CINE team has developed a method to determine accurately and in a few seconds the amount of energy stored within a battery – the state of charge. The technique can also be used to supervise battery aging. The method is applicable to batteries of all types, rechargeable or not, from lithium batteries, which are widely used today, to sodium or lithium-sulfur technologies, which are still under development. Another advantage […]

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Optimization of hematite increases photoelectrolyzer efficiency for green hydrogen production

CINE researchers took an important step forward in the development of an efficient photoelectrolyzer for the generation of green hydrogen. Photoelectrolyzers are equipment that split the water molecule (H2O) using sunlight as an energy source. Their main components are the photoanode and the photocathode, which absorb light and transform it into charges. When they reach the surface of the material, these charges promote oxidation and reduction reactions of water, which […]

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Researchers investigate CO2 capture in a new material

A computational study carried out by CINE researchers allowed us to understand how carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules are absorbed in an innovative material based on an ionic liquid (a family of salts that are liquid at room temperature). The research contributes to the development of strategies for capturing this greenhouse gas and, therefore, it is part of the worldwide efforts to have a set of technologies that help reduce carbon […]

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Nanostructured film improves performance of solid oxide fuel cells

A research work carried out with the participation of CINE researchers advances the improvement of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). These devices can become increasingly important in the context of the energy transition because they are very efficient to generate electricity from a fuel, with zero or low carbon emissions. The technology is already used, for example, in the ethanol electric car, whose prototype was launched by the automaker Nissan […]

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CINE Conference discussed advances in technologies for a low carbon economy

About 200 people gathered on October 18 and 19 at the Vitória Concept hotel in Campinas to participate in the third edition of the CINE Conference. The event, organized by the Center for Innovation in New Energies (CINE), presented and discussed scientific advances in technologies that aim to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and, in this way, contain climate change and its negative effects on the […]

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New material improves the performance of sodium-ion batteries and supercapacitors

CINE researchers and collaborators have developed a material capable of improving the performance of batteries and supercapacitors based on sodium ions – a promising alternative to lithium-ion technology, which is currently the most used. In these technologies, lithium or sodium ions are the protagonists, as they are responsible for transporting and storing electrons during the charge (energy storage) and discharge (energy delivery) processes. Given that the ions penetrate the material […]

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