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New hybrid solar cell battery could solve solar power’s energy storage problem

November 18th, 2014 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

Researchers at Ohio State University have created a new hybrid device that can act both as a solar cell and as a battery storing that energy. Scientists, entrepreneurs and government leaders are pushing to develop cheap, clean energy as the world seeks out alternatives to fossil fuels.



Minnesota could soon see solar arrays lining its highways

November 10th, 2014 at 5:18 pm » Comments Off

Minnesota to launch solar highways. Solar arrays could soon be seen along the public rights-of-way that line the state’s highway in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a request for proposal (RFP) accepting bids to build and manage solar arrays, which would provide the state’s grid a new and reliable source of clean energy for […]



How power companies will commit suicide by solar

November 7th, 2014 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

Installing solar panels. Anyone with enough roof space will be leaving the grid within the decade for solar power. And in most cases they won’t be leaving just one grid, they will be leaving two. That’s because solar is going to become, to put a new spin on an old phrase, “too cheap to have […]



101 Endangered Jobs by 2030

November 7th, 2014 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.  



Here’s where 620 million people in Africa live without electricity

October 30th, 2014 at 10:27 am » Comments Off

The International Energy Agency has come out with an in-depth analysis of Africa’s energy sector.  According to the IEA report, there are 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who don’t have any electricity at all — and fixing that could require burning a lot more fossil fuels.    



India to boost demand-side energy efficiency by selling $6 LED lamp for $0.16

October 29th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

India plans to offer subsidized LED lamps to households to reduce power demand and improve energy efficiency. Measures have been initiated by the ministry of power in India to keep the promise of Prime Minister Modi to provide electricity supply and lamps to all households in the country by the end of the decade. The latest measure […]



Plug-in electric vehicles to communicate with electric companies via the cloud

October 29th, 2014 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

A two-way communication platform would allow plug-in electric vehicles to work with power grids. Ford Motor Company and seven global automakers have joined together for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the […]



100% of the world’s power could be supplied by renewables by 2050

October 29th, 2014 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Even though wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. A global low-carbon energy economy could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. The first ever global life-cycle assessment of clean energy sources shows that […]



World’s thinnest electric generator

October 26th, 2014 at 8:25 am » Comments Off

Electric generator Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have reported that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchable. […]



Groundbreaking new battery charges to 70% in 2 minutes, and lasts 20 years

October 24th, 2014 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

The battery is expected to be on the market in 2 years. Are you tired of waiting an hour for your phone to charge before you leave the house? Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have come up with the best solution yet – a lithium ion battery that charges to 70 percent in […]



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