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Nano-Membrane Generates High Yield of Electricity from Salt & Water

Nano-Membrane Generates High Yield of Electricity from Salt & Water

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne have developed an osmotic power generation system that delivers high yields of electricity. Their innovation lies in a three atoms thick membrane used to separate salty and fresh water.   Read more »

Magnetic Fridge Claimed to Halve Power Consumption

Magnetic Fridge Claimed to Halve Power Consumption

A French company has released a commercial magnetic refrigerator which uses only half the electricity of a conventional compression refrigerator.  Read more »

New Process Absorbs CO2 and Excess Salt from Desalination

New Process Absorbs CO2 and Excess Salt from Desalination

A new process reacts carbon dioxide with brine to produce sodium bicarbonate.  Read more »

Turning Plastics into Liquid Fuel

Turning Plastics into Liquid Fuel

The widespread use of large volumes of plastics has created serious environmental issues. Polyethylene and polypropylene make up more than 60% of the total plastic content of municipal solid waste. These plastics originate primarily from fossil fuels.
Scientists in the United States and China have now developed a method of efficiently turning these plastics back into useful fuels and chemical feedstocks.  Read more »

Concentrated Solar Heat in Developing Countries

Concentrated Solar Heat in Developing Countries

The largest energy demand in many communities is for producing heat, for example for cooking or water sterilization. Using electricity, if available, risks regular blackouts and high costs and wood contributes to deforestation and indoor air pollution.
Using concentrated solar power directly, without the need for expensive and complex components, is ideal for many developing communities energy needs.  Read more »

New Design Greatly Simplifies Flow Batteries

New Design Greatly Simplifies Flow Batteries

MIT researchers have developed a new approach to the design of a liquid battery, using a passive, gravity-fed arrangement similar to an old-fashioned hourglass.  Read more »

Storing Energy with a Rock-filled Train

Storing Energy with a Rock-filled Train

The US Bureau of Land Management has approved the construction of an Advanced Rail Energy Storage project which stores energy by running a train up and down a hill to add and subtract energy from the grid as needed.  Read more »

Major Step Towards Magnesium Batteries

Major Step Towards Magnesium Batteries

Engineers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America believe that they have made a significant step towards being able to use magnesium in rechargeable batteries, making them smaller, cheaper and much safer than lithium batteries.  Read more »

Process Developed for Mass Producing More Efficient Solar Cells

Process Developed for Mass Producing More Efficient Solar Cells

A laser-based manufacturing process developed by the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany promises to revolutionise the photovoltaics market. For the first time point-contacted solar cells can be manufactured in series.  Read more »

Bloomberg Predicts That EVs Will Cause Oil Oversupply Market Crash by 2023

Bloomberg Predicts That EVs Will Cause Oil Oversupply Market Crash by 2023

Bloomberg predicts that the electric car will cause an oil glut and an oil crisis by 2023.  Read more »