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Future VW electric vehicles will send power back to the grid

March 21st, 2020 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

VW says EV owners will be able to charge when production exceeds demand and sell power back to the grid during peak electricity usage. The chief strategist at Volkswagen says vehicle-to-grid technology will open up new business opportunities for the automaker. Cars that support the technology can store excess power and sell it back to […]



UK to get its first electric car forecourt THIS YEAR with 24 superchargers at a specially-designed charging site in Essex

March 17th, 2020 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

First of a network of 100 electric forecourts to open this summer near Braintree It will have 24 350kW superchargers that can boost EV batteries in half an hour. The site will have a two-storey building with shops, meeting rooms and lounge. The entire location is part of a £1bn nationwide scheme and uses 100% […]



High-density hybrid powercapacitors: A new frontier in the energy race

March 17th, 2020 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Toomen’s high-density hybrid power capacitors offer the density of lithium batteries, but with much greater charge and discharge rates, a massive range of safe operating temperatures, enormous lifespans and no danger of explosion Hybrid “power capacitors” that can store as much energy as lithium batteries, but with much higher charge/discharge rates, a huge range of […]



This electric aircraft concept uses stratospheric air-friction as a power source!

March 14th, 2020 at 3:43 am » Comments Off

If you’ve ever seen a jet blaze through the sky leaving a perfect line of smoke behind it, you’ve probably wondered why that smoke holds its shape so perfectly for so long, but doesn’t hold true on land when a motorbike or car zooms down the road. Air movement anywhere above the troposphere (the lowest […]



Silent Yachts debuts a new triple-deck version of its dead-quiet solar-powered catamaran

March 10th, 2020 at 6:05 pm » Comments Off

Silent 80 Tri Deck Silent Yachts It’s been touted as the builder’s “most spacious model to date.” After making a major splash in the marine world earlier this year, Silent Yachts is doubling down—or tripling, perhaps—on its groundbreaking solar-powered catamaran. The Austrian-based builder has just unveiled a brand-new tri-deck version of its flagship Silent 80 […]



5 incredible synthetic biology holy grails that could change the world

March 3rd, 2020 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

Investors are still waiting for next-generation biotech to deliver on its enormous promise and potential, but just one of these Holy Grails would make the wait worth it.  Biotechnology has come a long way since 1978, when Herbert Boyer successfully demonstrated that human insulin could be produced from bacteria engineered with recombinant DNA. The breakthrough […]



One of the World’s Tiniest Nuclear Plants Is Coming to Idaho

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:47 am » Comments Off

The demonstration represents a new-generation of micro-reactors. An innovative nuclear plant that runs on lower waste fuel hopes to be online by 2022-2025. The plant’s creator, Oklo, joins startups around the world working to innovate safer, smaller nuclear power plants. But experts suggest that Oklo’s timeline is unrealistic with years of nuclear approval process ahead. […]



‘We are literally making electricity out of thin air’; UMass develops groundbreaking technology that will change the way we power electronics

March 1st, 2020 at 1:41 am » Comments Off

Graphic image of a thin film of protein nanowires generating electricity from atmospheric humidity. (Ella Maru Studios) Soon having to replace batteries or spend time recharging your phone could be a thing of the past. Scientists in Amherst are developing a new technology that will use the moisture from the air to create a charge. […]



Researchers achieve a 10x supercapacitor energy density breakthrough

March 1st, 2020 at 1:34 am » Comments Off

This flexible graphene supercapacitor design can store 10 times more energy than comparable existing technology Supercapacitors can charge almost instantly, and discharge enormous amounts of power if needed. They could completely erase the Achilles heel of electric vehicles – their slow charging times – if they could hold more energy. And now Chinese and British […]



Graphene amplifier unlocks hidden frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum

February 18th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Light in the THz frequencies hits the ‘sandwich’ and is reflected with additional energy. Credit: Loughborough University Researchers have created a unique device which will unlock the elusive terahertz wavelengths and make revolutionary new technologies possible. Terahertz waves (THz) sit between microwaves and infrared in the light frequency spectrum, but due to their low energy, […]



Lasers etch a ‘perfect’ solar energy absorber

February 18th, 2020 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

Using femto-second lasers to etch metallic structures, University of Rochester Institute of Optics professor Chunlei Guo and his team have developed a technique that can be used to collect sunlight to heat etched metal surfaces, which can then power an electrical generator for solar power. Credit: J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester The University of Rochester […]



New research explains how solar panels could soon be generating power at night

February 16th, 2020 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

As beneficial as current solar panel technology has been in our quest to switch to renewable energy, such panels can’t generate electricity at night. Now, new research suggests it could be possible to design panels that can operate around the clock. Under optimum conditions, at night these specially designed photovoltaic cells could generate a quarter […]



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