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New Design Greatly Simplifies Flow Batteries

Written by , on May 27, 2016

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 »

Major Step Towards Magnesium Batteries

Written by , on May 17, 2016

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 »

New Turbine Could Draw Energy from Ocean Currents

Written by , on April 5, 2016

Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University have developed a novel ocean current turbine which, they say, can match the efficiency of wind turbines while providing much more consistent and reliable output and taking up no land.  Read more »

Turning Carbon Dioxide into a Replacement for Concrete

Written by , on March 15, 2016

A team of researchers at UCLA are developing process which would use captured carbon dioxide to make a new building material to replace concrete.  Read more »

New Wi-fi Technology Consumes 10,000 Times Less Power

Written by , on March 2, 2016

Computer engineers at the University of Washington have developed a new Passive Wi-Fi system that is able to maintain fast data speeds while consuming one 10,000th of the power of conventional wi-fi and one 1,000th of the power of current energy-efficient technologies like Bluetooth Low Energy.  Read more »

Giant Wind Turbine Blades Could Cut Costs

Written by , on February 15, 2016

A research team led by the University of Virginia is developing a low-cost 50 megawatt wind turbine, with 200 metre blades, for use offshore.   Read more »

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 »