Category Archives: Energy

Can Methane Act as a Storage Medium for Renewable Energy? | IEEE

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in German have demonstrated a novel method of converting the outputs of biogas facilities into methane. The new type of methanation plant can fit inside a standard shipping container, and could be combined with … Continue reading

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Topaz Turns On 9 Million Solar Panels | IEEE Spectrum

Silence generally reigns across California’s Carrizo Plain, about 160 kilometers northwest of Los Angeles. But for much of the past three years, this expanse of grassland and farms was anything but silent, as up to 880 people trucked out each day … Continue reading

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Vortex Bladeless aims for lower-cost wind energy approach | PhysOrg

A technology leap forward in wind energy? Or, as the company in charge calls it, a “new paradigm” of wind power, lowering costs, requiring no training, using fewer supplies? They believe they have a great idea and they aim to … Continue reading

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Storing Solar Energy: A great idea caught on contested ground | IEEE Spectrum

Adding energy storage to sites with rooftop solar power generation offers a range of potential benefits. A battery can help smooth out solar’s inherently variable supply of power to the local grid, and even keep buildings powered during blackouts. Consequently, power-conversion innovators … Continue reading

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Experiments Start on a Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor | MIT Technology Review

Transatomic Power a startup that’s developing a novel type of nuclear reactor, has begun a series of experiments that will either verify its design or send it back to the drawing board. The experiments were made possible by $2.5 million … Continue reading

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How Tesla Boosted Its Roadster’s Range by 50 Percent | MIT Technology Review

Tesla stopped making the $100,000-plus Roadster in 2011, but this spring those who already own one can upgrade it to travel 400 miles on a charge, a 50 percent increase. The new range is competitive with conventional cars, which typically … Continue reading

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NIMH Batteries Get an Energy Boost | MIT Technology Review

Almost every automaker interested in producing electric cars is betting on improvements to lithium-ion batteries to make the cars cheaper and extend their driving range. But scientists at BASF are exploring the possibilities of an older type of battery, nickel-metal … Continue reading

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