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Concentrated Solar Heat in Developing Countries

Written by , on May 30, 2016

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

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 »

Storing Energy with a Rock-filled Train

Written by , on May 23, 2016

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

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 »

Process Developed for Mass Producing More Efficient Solar Cells

Written by , on May 12, 2016

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

Written by , on April 17, 2016

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