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The First Lady of Graphene

December 18th, 2014 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

The birthplace of graphene – the one-atom-thick carbon – is Manchester University, where it was created by two physicists. But Cambridge could become the adopted home of the so-called wonder-material. A vast new facility that can make up to five tons of the ultra-valuable black dust each year is being built in the city and […]



How solar powered drones are about to transform your life

December 17th, 2014 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

 George Bye at the DaVinci Institute’s “Night with a Futurist” talking about the future of solar powered UAVs George Bye is the founder of Bye Aerospace, a Colorado company involved in the design of a unique solar-electric powered aircraft that use solar electric energy, stored in batteries, to drive a propeller to both fly and stay […]



Which Smart Home Device will be Under your Tree this Year?

December 15th, 2014 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Apple’s splash into home automation with addition of HomeKit to iOS 8 is expected to have a huge impact on sales of smart home devices in 2015 according to a Park Associates report that found 37% of U.S. Households plan to purchase one or more devices next year.



Spray-On Solar

December 13th, 2014 at 7:16 am » Comments Off

Toronto’s Illan Kramer, Inventor of Spray-on Solar Illan Kramer, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and IBM Canada’s Research and Development Center has invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using minuscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to […]



Home energy storage market set to grow 10 times over by 2018

December 5th, 2014 at 12:47 pm » Comments Off

Costs for home energy storage are dropping fast. A few years ago, most people didn’t have any idea the home solar PV market would grow so fast. But it has, and there’s no stopping its momentum now. Similarly, there aren’t many people that realize how fast the home storage market is going to grow.  



Nanosize batteries could revolutionize green energy

December 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

The latest breakthrough in the search for lighter, more potent batteries is small battery made up of a billion nanopores, or microscopic holes capable of producing electric current. Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a human hair could revolutionize green energy. They could advance the use of electric vehicles, now limited by short […]



Aquion Energy’s battery helps solar and wind power operate in remote locations

November 29th, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

A battery module built at Aquion’s plant in Pennsylvania. A new kind of battery that stores energy from solar and wind power cheaply and cleanly has hit the market. It is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to rely heavily on intermittent, renewable energy […]



Could we run the entire world on solar power?

November 24th, 2014 at 2:46 pm » Comments Off

We all want to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible. The most viable answer to the planet’s energy needs is visible to us any time we look upward. The amount of solar energy that hits just 1 square mile of this planet over the course of a year is equal to 4 million barrels of oil, and the […]



Calysta, Inc. believes natural gas can feed the world

November 23rd, 2014 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

Alan Shaw, CEO Calysta, right and Josh Silverman, the chief scientific officer. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, can be gobbled up by protein-producing microbes. The protein biomass is converted into things like food for farmed salmon or chemicals or other products, according to Ian Shaw, CEO of Calysta Inc., and Josh Silverman, the chief […]



Stanford researchers develop a way to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night

November 22nd, 2014 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

How electrolysis could produce hydrogen as a way to store renewable energy. There isn’t a cost-effective way to store large-scale solar energy. But researchers at Stanford have developed a solution by using electrolysis to turn tanks of water and hydrogen into batteries. During the day, electricity from solar cells could be used to break apart […]



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