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ELEKTRO 2/2017 was released on February 17th 2017. Its digital version will be available on March 10th 2017.

 

Topic: Electrical appliances – switching, protective and signalling; Devices for smart grids

 

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Atypical concept of DC power supply source for high current consumption

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2017 was released on February 7th 2017. Its digital version will be available on March 7th 2017.

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Invitation on LIGHT IN ARCHITECTURE exhibition 

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Lighting design in a nutshell
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Could bread mould build a better rechargeable battery?

18.03.2016 | University of Dundee | www.dundee.ac.uk

A naturally occurring red bread mould could be the key to producing more sustainable electrochemical materials for use in rechargeable batteries, researchers at the University of Dundee have found.

Their findings have shown for the first time that that the fungus Neurospora crassa – commonly known as red bread mould – can transform manganese into a mineral composite with favourable electrochemical properties.

Mould helping to improve batteries

The researchers combined the fungus with urea and manganese chloride and watched what happened. The combination of these factors resulted in a ‘biomineralised’’ product which was subsequently subjected to intense heat treatment. This produced a mixture of carbonised biomass and manganese oxides.

Tests on these structures showed that they have ideal electrochemical properties for use in supercapacitors or lithium-ion batteries. The carbonised fungal biomass-mineral composite was found to retain 90% of its capacity after 200 cycles of charging, making it an ideal target for using in rechargeable batteries.

Read more at University of Dundee

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