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Here’s where 620 million people in Africa live without electricity

October 30th, 2014 at 10:27 am » Comments Off

The International Energy Agency has come out with an in-depth analysis of Africa’s energy sector.  According to the IEA report, there are 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who don’t have any electricity at all — and fixing that could require burning a lot more fossil fuels.    



India to boost demand-side energy efficiency by selling $6 LED lamp for $0.16

October 29th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

India plans to offer subsidized LED lamps to households to reduce power demand and improve energy efficiency. Measures have been initiated by the ministry of power in India to keep the promise of Prime Minister Modi to provide electricity supply and lamps to all households in the country by the end of the decade. The latest measure […]



Plug-in electric vehicles to communicate with electric companies via the cloud

October 29th, 2014 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

A two-way communication platform would allow plug-in electric vehicles to work with power grids. Ford Motor Company and seven global automakers have joined together for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the […]



100% of the world’s power could be supplied by renewables by 2050

October 29th, 2014 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Even though wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. A global low-carbon energy economy could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. The first ever global life-cycle assessment of clean energy sources shows that […]



World’s thinnest electric generator

October 26th, 2014 at 8:25 am » Comments Off

Electric generator Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have reported that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchable. […]



Groundbreaking new battery charges to 70% in 2 minutes, and lasts 20 years

October 24th, 2014 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

The battery is expected to be on the market in 2 years. Are you tired of waiting an hour for your phone to charge before you leave the house? Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have come up with the best solution yet – a lithium ion battery that charges to 70 percent in […]



Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives manager goes ‘net zero’ on his home in D.C.

October 20th, 2014 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

The Knox home has geothermal loops buried under the backyard. Andrew Know, manager of Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives, decided to go “net zero” on his home in Washington, D.C. What Knox got was a true zero-energy home, done right on a budget.    



Tesla to focus on the grid-scale energy storage business

October 17th, 2014 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

Mateo Jaramillo, Tesla’s Director of Powertrain Business Development, was the keynote speaker at last week’s Energy Storage North America. He spoke of Tesla’s aggressive efforts in stationary storage.    



Graphene supercapacitors could provide energy for flexible electronics

October 16th, 2014 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

A research team has created an energy storage device that is highly flexible and stretchy. How long would your battery last if your phone was always awake and processing data? Would the battery last three hours? One hour? The next generation of electronics will require that kind of always-on energy consumption, but our current batteries are […]



Maine to harness wave power to generate electricity

October 14th, 2014 at 2:32 pm » Comments Off

Maine is geared to join hands with other few states to generate electricity from tidal waves. With increasing global warming and increasing awareness of other environmental hazards, more and more people across the world are focusing on harnessing natural sources of energy like wind energy. Wave power is a renewable source of energy and is […]



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