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Pioneering ‘liquid air’ project can help store excess electricity

June 7th, 2018 at 7:52 am » Comments Off

A pioneering project in north-west England will turn air into liquid for energy storage to help electricity grids cope with a growing amount of wind and solar power. The world’s first full-scale “liquid air” plant is based on a technology that advocates say is cheaper and able to provide power for longer periods than lithium-ion […]



NASA’s ‘impossible ‘ space engine tested-here are the results

May 25th, 2018 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there’s a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device. Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances (not to mention the luxury of stopping at destinations) requires an amount of propellant too massive for current rockets to haul into […]



A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening

May 25th, 2018 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

New study debunks myths claiming renewables can’t be integrated into electric grid. The ongoing debate around whether it’s feasible to have an electric grid running on 100 percent renewable power in the coming decades often misses a key point: many countries and regions are already at or close to 100 percent now.



Breakthrough solar panel can harvest power from raindrops — day or night

May 22nd, 2018 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

In a truly remarkable feat of innovation, scientists have figured out how to create “hybrid” solar cells that generate power not just from sunlight but also from raindrops. This means we may soon see all-weather solar panels that work when it is cloudy and even at night, if it’s raining. Solar has soared in recent […]



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 […]



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