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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 »

Domestic Energy Storage using Phase Changes in Paraffin

Written by , on October 20, 2014

Researchers from Spain’s Universidad del Pais Vasco and Euskal Herriko Uniberstitatea have developed a compact heat storage system which uses phase changes in a type of paraffin to store the heat energy.  Read more »

Simple Design Elements to Improve Cycling

Written by , on October 17, 2014

Copenhagen has some simple, inexpensive “micro designs” to improve urban cycling.  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 »

Simple Change to Cement Could Reduce CO2 Emissions

Written by , on October 1, 2014

Concrete is a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. A new study suggests a simple way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half while producing a stronger, more durable material.  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 »

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 »