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The Return of the Incandescent Lightbulb?

Written by , on January 18, 2016

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to modify old-fashioned tungsten-filament lightbulbs to potentially make them far more efficient than current LEDs.  Read more »

A Lithium Battery That Doesn’t Explode

Written by , on January 14, 2016

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a lithium battery which shuts itself down when it get too hot and turns itself back on when it has cooled to a safe level.  Read more »

Storing Energy in Undersea Balloons

Written by , on January 10, 2016

A Canadian company, Hydrostor, is testing the use of giant underwater balloons to store surplus energy when the demand for electricity is low and generate electricity when demand is high.  Read more »

Coating Improves Solar Panels at Multiple Angle

Written by , on December 17, 2015

Engineers from King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan’s National Central University have developed a a glass coating which they say enables panels to absorb sunlight from multiple angles, significantly boosting the cell’s overall efficiency.  Read more »

Scientists Claim Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis

Written by , on November 30, 2015

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have development of a system that mimics the natural photosynthetic process by which plants use the energy in sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. The artificial system can capture carbon dioxide emissions and convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and liquid fuels.  Read more »

A Shocking New Approach to Desalination

Written by , on November 30, 2015

A team at MIT has come up with an innovative approach to treating salty, brackish or contaminated water to make it usable by using an electrically driven shockwave within a stream of flowing water. The shockwave divides the stream into two regions which are easily separated.  Read more »

New Approach Promises Cheaper Solar Thermal Storage

Written by , on November 5, 2015

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new approach, using thermochemical storage, in which chemical transformation is used in repeated cycles to hold heat, for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy which could reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use.  Read more »

Significant Progress Towards the “Ultimate Battery”

Written by , on November 5, 2015

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have reported that they have made a significant advance in the practical development of a lithium-air battery – regarded by many as the “ultimate” battery.  Read more »

Coating Greatly Improves Efficiency of Solar Hot Water

Written by , on October 30, 2015

Researchers at the Technological Institute of the Lagoon in Mexico have developed a superconducting coating which they say increases the efficiency of solar water heaters by up to 70%. The coating material is a type of paint, classified as an “ink” because of its quick-setting property, that is built up in several layers. The first […]  Read more »

Plant Removes CO2 from the Air

Written by , on October 12, 2015

A Canadian company has designed and built a pilot “air capture plant” which extracts carbon dioxde from the air in order to reduce atmospheric CO2, particularly the 60% of emissions that do not come from point sources such as power plants.  Read more »