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Combined Solar Cell and Battery

Written by , on October 21, 2014

Researchers at Ohio State University have reported that they have succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.  Read more »

Light Panels a Hundred Times More Efficient Then LEDs

Written by , on October 15, 2014

Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source based on carbon nanotubes that has about one hundredth of the power consumption of an LED.  Read more »

New Batteries Charge 70% in 2 Minutes

Written by , on October 15, 2014

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have reported that they have developed a new battery that can be recharged up to 70% in only 2 minutes and will have a lifespan of over 20 years.  Read more »

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Opens But …

Written by , on October 2, 2014

The world’s first coal-fired power plant with carbon capture and storage has been opened in Saskatchewan, Canada, but the value of the demonstration is being seriously questioned by environmentalists.  Read more »

Airborne Turbine for Remote Sites

Written by , on October 2, 2014

Winds 300 to 600 metres above the ground are, on average 5 to 8 times as strong as those at the surface.

Altaeros, a four-year-old company in Massachusetts, has developed its Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) to take advantage of these stronger, more consistent winds.  Read more »

Proposal to Use Caverns As Giant Batteries

Written by , on September 28, 2014

Magnum Energy is proposing to export electricity generated by wind farms in Wyoming to Utah, where the energy would be stored as compressed air in caverns in underground salt deposits. It would then be used to transmit energy as required to Los Angeles.  Read more »

Students Make Water Purifier from Chip Packets

Written by , on September 16, 2014

Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing.  Read more »

Hybrid Compressed Air Car

Written by , on September 16, 2014

Peugeot is turning to hybrid compressed air technology to address the biggest barrier to customers buying electric cars and plug-in hybrids – the cost. The company believes that this simple but effective technology could be added to a wide variety of engines for a small price premium and boost economy significantly. The Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air prototype […]  Read more »

Singing Bowls Inspire More Efficient Solar Cells

Written by , on September 10, 2014

Dr Niraj Lal, a researcher from Australia National University has used the shape of Buddhist singing bowls as the inspiration for a more efficient type of solar cells.  Read more »

New Material Converts Solar Energy to Steam

Written by , on September 10, 2014

A new material structure, developed at MIT, generates steam when simply floated on water and placed in the sun.   Read more »