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China and India race to fully harness thorium for nuclear power

July 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

Thorium is an alternative to uranium as a way of doing nuclear fission. Although the chemical element thorium sounds like the kind of material used as a plot device in a comic book blockbuster, it could solve the fuel crisis in the real world.    

New spongelike material converts solar energy into steam

July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

The DLS that consists of a carbon foam supporting an exfoliated graphite layer. MIT has developed a new material structure that generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits […]

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.  

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