Nanotechnology's impact on the energy sector ranges from novel materials and devices to capture and store energy, to geological characterisation for natural resource mining.
Hydrogen storage: Electrospun nanofibres are used as a cost-effective method of hydrogen storage. Cella Energy was developed by researchers Zeynep Kurban and Professor Neal Skipper (LCN) in collaboration with scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the University of Oxford.
Cella Energy's technology enables hydrogen to be stored in a practical way, making it promising for widespread use as a carbon-free alternative to petrol. Read the technology press release on hydrogen storage
Cella Energy is a Shell Springboard prize winner
Solar cells: Nanoengineering the design of traditional solar cells could lead to increased electricity production.
Engineering surfaces for solar energy, a report on nanotechnology in solar cells in the Guardian newspaper features LCN co-director Professor Milo Shaffer.