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Generating electricity from jumping water droplets

July 21st, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

This process can generate small amounts of electricity. Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic (water-repelling) surfaces during condensation, the droplets can gain electric charge in the process.    

Project proposals nearly double California’s energy storage target

July 21st, 2014 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

Energy storage On paper, California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected.    

Electric life forms that live on pure energy are unlike any other life on Earth

July 18th, 2014 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Geobacter is one type of ‘electric bacteria.’ ‘Electric bacteria’ are unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere. (Video)    

10 American cities that are leading the way in the solar energy revolution

July 16th, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

The U.S. has made great strides in promoting and installing solar energy systems. In the U.S., Solar energy is on the rise. In President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, he recognized this shift, saying that, “We’re becoming a leader in solar … every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every […]

Tesla’s vision for wireless power transmission is reborn

July 8th, 2014 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Tesla Tower Prototype One of the greatest visionaries of the early 20th century was Nikola Tesla. His work to help develop the AC power system we all use to this day was crucial, but his personal goal was to develop a way to wirelessly transmit electrical power. He got as far as building a huge tower […]

New technology from Sharp demonstrates ultra-high efficiency solar cells

June 26th, 2014 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

Sharp’s technology could be twice as efficient at converting sunlight to electricity. Right now the best solar cells we have convert less than a third of the energy on sunlight into electricity, even though for decades researchers have calculated that exotic physics could allow solar cells to convert far more energy than they do now. […]

World’s most efficient solar cells may soon get cheaper

June 12th, 2014 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

Solar panels The world’s most highly-efficient solar cells are twice as efficient as the ones people put on their roofs, but hardly anyone uses them because the semiconductor materials they’re made of are so expensive. That could be about to change.    

Electric car travels over 1,100 miles without a recharge on a new aluminum-air battery

June 8th, 2014 at 8:34 am » Comments Off

Together the Israeli company, Phinergy, and the aluminum giant, Alcoa Canada, demonstrated an electric vehicle (EV) capable of driving over 1,100 miles between charges using a combination of aluminum-air and lithium-ion storage technologies.  

Archimedes Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine is the world’s most efficient urban wind turbine

June 5th, 2014 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine The Rotterdam-based tech firm The Archimedes has introduced its Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, which is said to have an energy yield that is “80 percent of the maximum that is theoretically feasible.” That’s quite the assertion, given that most conventional wind turbines average around 25 to 50 percent. (Video) […]

Three Missouri S&T undergraduates achieve nuclear fusion

May 29th, 2014 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

Nuclear fusion Three undergraduate physics students from Missouri University of Science and Technology have achieved nuclear fusion of deuterium into helium. The reaction was achieved as part of the students’ final project for their senior research laboratory class.    

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