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These Origami solar panels generate electricity for apartments

February 16th, 2019 at 3:42 am » Comments Off

Solgami wants to help people living in cities. A new design of solar panel could help apartment dwellers harvest electricity from their windows without prohibitive installation costs. Solgami, designed by Australian architect Ben Berwick, is a window blind that generates power while bouncing more light into the room using a folded origami design. “It’s a […]

Generator that creates electricity from gravity could revolutionize renewable energy

February 14th, 2019 at 1:29 pm » Comments Off

A Dutch inventor has successfully created a contraption that generates electricity from gravity – and it could revolutionize the future of renewable energy. Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, from Universe Architecture, has developed a method to generate free energy in a sustainable way at home. The patent-pending technique, whereby energy is released by perpetually unbalancing a […]

The fastest-growing job in each U.S. state

February 11th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

The unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.0% in January 2019, while the labor force participation rate hit its highest mark since 2013. Overall, the report indicated that the U.S. labor market is still chugging along. And some jobs are growing faster than others. Construction and extraction jobs are in high demand in the U.S., along […]

The U.S. just became a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years

January 19th, 2019 at 9:23 am » Comments Off

America turned into a net oil exporter last week, breaking almost 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil and marking a pivotal — even if likely brief — moment toward what U.S. President Donald Trump has branded as “energy independence.” The shift to net exports is the dramatic result of an unprecedented boom in […]

Using molten salt to store electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants

January 5th, 2019 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Startup follows on a number of innovative ideas to make renewable energy more flexible. How can we make wind a more versatile energy source? By adding storage. An energy storage startup that found its footing at Alphabet’s X “moonshot” division announced last week that it will receive $26 million in funding from a group of […]

Meet the desk-sized turbine that can power a small town

December 21st, 2018 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

A desk-sized turbine can power 10,000 homes using carbon dioxide. 10,000 Homes Engineers from GE Global Research unveiled a turbine that could provide power for 10,000 homes. But what’s truly remarkable about this turbine is its potential to solve the world’s energy challenges. Typically, turbines weigh tons and use steam to run—this one is no […]

Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

December 11th, 2018 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Company called Energy Vault has an agreement to build a pilot tower in India in 2019. A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. Energy Vault A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, […]

Natural gas firms have a proposal to convert home heating to hydrogen

December 7th, 2018 at 1:18 am » Comments Off

Three companies want to test out a pilot project in Northern England by 2028. Three natural gas distributors issued a report this week detailing plans to convert the UK’s residential gas system to a hydrogen delivery system. UK firms Northern Gas Networks and Cadent, as well as Norwegian gas firm Equinor, wrote that the proposal […]

Scientists develop liquid fuel that can store the Sun’s energy for up to 18 years

November 13th, 2018 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

No matter how abundant or renewable, solar power has a thorn in its side. There is still no cheap and efficient long-term storage for the energy that it generates. The solar industry has been snagged on this branch for a while, but in the past year alone, a series of four papers has ushered in […]

The future of construction may be concrete that generates its own electricity

November 8th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

We need buildings in which to live, but crafting those buildings is making it harder to live on this planet. As much as 10% of global carbon emissions come from the production of concrete. One ton of CO2 is generated by making one ton of cement, which is made from limestone and a few other […]

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