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6 solar roads shaking up infrastructure around the world

April 17th, 2018 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

Roads aren’t just for walking or driving anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world are showing that streets can both provide firm footing and generate clean energy. Inhabitat rounded up six projects in places as diverse as China and rural Georgia to highlight potentially game-changing technologies in the solar road sphere. Solar Roadways […]



A massive, ‘semi-infinite’ trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

April 13th, 2018 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

Researchers have found hundreds of years’ worth of rare-earth materials underneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a “semi-infinite basis,” according to a study published in Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports. Rare-earth metals are crucial in the making of high-tech products such as electric vehicles and batteries, and most of the […]



Physicists just discovered an entirely new type of superconductivity

April 13th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

“No one thought this was possible in solid materials.” One of the ultimate goals of modern physics is to unlock the power of superconductivity, where electricity flows with zero resistance at room temperature. Progress has been slow, but physicists have just made an unexpected breakthrough. They’ve discovered a superconductor that works in a way no […]



Elon Musk’s first Tesla Solar Roof is here and it looks amazing

April 1st, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk’s house runs on solar. The Tesla CEO made the announcement during Wednesday’s second quarter 2017 earnings call, where he revealed that both himself and Jeffrey B. Straubel, the company’s chief technology officer, have installed solar roof tiles on their houses. “We have installed and working the Solar Roof tiles,” Musk told investors during […]



Incredible Sahara Forest Project to generate fresh water, solar power and crops in African desert

March 30th, 2018 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Can you imagine being able to produce enough water in the Sahara to grow crops there? Can you imagine harnessing sufficient quantities of solar power to supply electricity to cities in Africa and cities in Europe? Can you imagine producing a sustainable bio-fuel that doesn’t impact on world food supplies? Charlie Paton, Michael Pawlyn and […]



Tesla bids for a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado

March 23rd, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

After breaking a few energy storage records with its battery system projects in Australia, Tesla looks to come back to the US to build a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado. Earlier this year, we reported on Xcel Energy, an electric utility company operating across the Midwest, Colorado and several other states, requesting […]



MIT researchers say nuclear fusion will feed the grid “in 15 years”

March 12th, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

A new research push aims to make the silver bullet for our energy problems a reality by 2033—a very ambitious target.



Hybrid solar cell captures energy from the sun and raindrops

March 8th, 2018 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

A new hybrid solar cell device can capture energy from the sun and from the movement of raindrops.As useful and ubiquitous as solar energy is becoming, it still has one major Kryptonite: gloomy weather. Now, a team of Chinese engineers has developed a hybrid solar cell that can produce electricity come rain or shine, using […]



Inside oil giant Shell’s Race to remake itself for a low price world

January 29th, 2018 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

The energy industry is radically transforming.



U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

January 25th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.



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