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This new Lithium battery tech can simply suck up CO2 to power itself

October 8th, 2018 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

We need this right now! Everybody knows the world’s got a serious carbon dioxide problem, but an ingenious and potentially cost-effective way of dealing with our surplus CO2 could provide the means of tomorrow’s battery technology. For years scientists have looked at ways of capturing carbon and storing it underground or even potentially in the […]



Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% renewable energy, and quick

September 18th, 2018 at 9:06 am » Comments Off

The industry is groping for ways to talk the public down. Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable energy. It’s cleaner, it’s high-tech, it’s new jobs, it’s the future. And […]



Study: Decentralized microgrids can provide 90% or a neighborhood’s energy needs

September 16th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

“The new approach could even pave the way for 100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat, and water.” A new report funded by the Dutch government finds that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, through the decentralized sharing of energy at the local level between multiple households. This report adds fuel to […]



This astrophysicist explains the surprisingly complex concept of ‘nothing’

August 27th, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

Philosophers have debated the nature of “nothing” for thousands of years, but what has modern science got to say about it? In an interview with The Conversation, Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, explains that when physicists talk about nothing, they mean empty space (vacuum). […]



Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the world (and maybe in space, too)

August 24th, 2018 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

In a quest to cut the cost of clean electricity, power utilities around the world are supersizing their solar farms. Nowhere is that more apparent than in southern Egypt, where what will be the world’s largest solar farm — a vast collection of more than 5 million photovoltaic panels — is now taking shape. When […]



Power worth less than zero spreads as green energy floods the grid

August 7th, 2018 at 2:08 pm » Comments Off

Wind and solar farms are glutting networks more frequently, prompting a market signal for coal plants to shut off. Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority […]



Will Lockheed Martin change the world with its new fusion reactor?

August 1st, 2018 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

TEXAS, USA – JUNE 21: A F-35 fighter jet is seen as Turkey takes delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet with a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin in Forth Worth, Texas, United States on June 21, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Lockheed Martin’s secretive Skunkworks laboratory registered a patent in March for […]



A new flow battery prototype aims to store vast amounts of renewable power for the grid

August 1st, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

This ‘flow battery’ could power green homes when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing. With solar and wind electricity prices plunging, the hunt is on for cheap batteries to store all this power for use around the clock. Now, researchers have made an advance with a flow battery, the type of battery […]



These living solar cells make energy, even in bad weather

July 24th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

When it comes to generating energy from sunlight, unusual solutions have been shown to make the process more efficient. Now, a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) has demonstrated how solar cells made of living organisms can generate energy even with limited sunlight. Known as “biogenic” solar cells, these cells could […]



Tesla and PG&E are working on a massive ‘up to 1.1 GWh power pack battery system

July 10th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

For the past few months, Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have been teasing a giant battery project that would dwarf even the company’s 129 MWh Powerpack project in Australia. Today, we learn that Tesla is working with PG&E on a massive battery system with a capacity of “up to 1.1 GWh” in California.



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