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Influx of electric vehicles accelerates need for grid planning
A new PNNL report says the western US bulk power system can reliably support projected growth of up to 24 million electric vehicles through 2028, but challenges will arise as EV adoption grows beyond that threshold. (2020-07-29)
New fabric could help keep you cool in the summer, even without A/C (video)
Air conditioning and other space cooling methods account for about 10% of all electricity consumption in the U.S., according to the U.S. (2020-07-29)
How Salt Lake's buildings affect its climate future
With climate change, we'll need less natural gas for heat and more electricity for cooling -- but what's the balance ? (2020-07-28)
Offshore wind power now so cheap it could pay money back to consumers
The latest round of offshore wind farms to be built in the UK could reduce household energy bills by producing electricity very cheaply. (2020-07-27)
New technology makes homes more energy independent, helps divert power during blackouts
In a new study, researchers from Texas A&M University and industry have designed a smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities affected by blackouts. (2020-07-23)
Wireless, optical cochlear implant uses LED lights to restore hearing in rodents
Scientists have created an optical cochlear implant based on LED lights that can safely and partially restore the sensation of hearing in deaf rats and gerbils. (2020-07-22)
Homes of wealthy Americans have carbon footprints 25% higher than lower-income residences
The homes of wealthy Americans generate about 25% more greenhouse gases than residences in lower-income neighborhoods, mainly due to their larger size. (2020-07-20)
Renewable energy transition makes dollars and sense
New UNSW research has disproved the claim that the transition to renewable electricity systems will harm the global economy. (2020-07-15)
Tulane scientists build high-performing hybrid solar energy converter
The project is the culmination of a U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E project that began in 2014 with $3.3 million in funding and involved years of prototype development at Tulane and field testing in San Diego. (2020-07-15)
Identifying sources of deadly air pollution in the United States
A new study from University of Minnesota researchers provides an unprecedented look at the causes of poor air quality in the United States and its effects on human health. (2020-07-15)
Merging solar cell and liquid battery produces efficient, long-lasting solar storage
Chemists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and their collaborators have created a highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery, a way to generate, store and redeliver renewable electricity from the sun in one device. (2020-07-13)
Understanding the love-hate relationship of halide perovskites with the sun
Perovskiet solar cells are at the center of much recent solar research. (2020-07-10)
Engineers use electricity to clean up toxic water
Powerful electrochemical process destroys water contaminants, such as pesticides. Wastewater is a significant environment issue. (2020-07-07)
Electrons in the fast lane
Microscopic structures could further improve perovskite solar cells (2020-07-07)
New solar forecasting model performs best
A new mathematical model for predicting variations in solar irradiance has been developed at Uppsala University. (2020-06-28)
Spraying ethanol to nanofiber masks makes them reusable
A joint research team from POSTECH and Japan's Shinshu University evaluates the filtration efficiency of nanofiber and melt-blown filters when cleaned with ethanol. (2020-06-28)
Electricity price more volatile during uncertainty periods in renewable energy regulation
Incorporating renewable energies into the electricity system entails a certain degree of volatility in the electricity price owing to the intermittent nature of generation by plants of this type. (2020-06-25)
Self-powered alarm fights forest fires, monitors environment
Scientists designed and fabricated a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by nothing but the movement of the trees in the wind. (2020-06-24)
Research determines financial benefit from driving electric vehicles
Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers at the U.S. (2020-06-23)
New system uses wind turbines to defend the national grid from power cuts
A 'smart' system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use world-wide, say researchers at the University of Birmingham. (2020-06-19)
How a historic drought led to higher power costs and emissions
A researcher at North Carolina State University led a study of the impact of a historic drought in California on economic and environmental impacts for electric power systems. (2020-06-19)
Manipulating tiny skyrmions with small electric currents
A research group from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have managed to manipulate and track the movement of individual magnetic vortices called skyrmions, which have been touted as strong candidates to act as information carriers in next-generation storage devices and as synapses for neuromorphic computing. (2020-06-17)
Falling clean energy costs can provide opportunity to boost climate action during COVID-19 recovery: UN
A UN report says 184 GW of clean power capacity was added in 2019, a 20 GW jump from the 164 GW added in 2018. (2020-06-10)
Water vapor in the atmosphere may be prime renewable energy source
A new Tel Aviv University study finds that water vapor in the atmosphere may serve as a potential renewable energy source in the future. (2020-06-09)
Researchers advance fuel cell technology
Washington State University researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines for powering cars. (2020-06-08)
Air conditioner bumps the electric bill by 42%, increasing the risk of energy poverty
A new study by Ca' Foscari and CMCC combines OECD and NASA datasets for 8 countries to show that the share of households' spending dedicated to cooling is greater to what estimated in previous studies (2020-06-05)
Researchers develop viable sodium battery
Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have created a sodium-ion battery that holds as much energy and works as well as some commercial lithium-ion battery chemistries, making for a potentially viable battery technology out of abundant and cheap materials. (2020-06-01)
Hydropower plants to support solar and wind energy in West Africa
Study maps smart electricity mix composed of solar, wind and hydropower for West Africa -- regional cooperation can provide up to 60% reliable and clean electricity (2020-05-28)
Smart windows that self-illuminate on rainy days
A joint research team from POSTECH and KAIST develops self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors. (2020-05-28)
Technology is studied that could save 12% of the energy used in pressurized irrigation
A study, performed in two Andalusian provinces, analyzed the potential of producing electricity by means of recovering hydraulic energy by implanting new technology based on pumps working as turbines (2020-05-27)
Lossless conduction at the edges
Atomically thin layers of the semimetal tungsten ditelluride conduct electricity losslessly along narrow, one-dimensional channels at the crystal edges. (2020-05-25)
Development of electrode material improving the efficiency of salinity gradient energy
Dr. Jeong Nam-Jo of Korea Institute of Energy Research(KIER) Marine Energy Convergence and Integration Research Team developed synthesis technologies of electrode material that can directly synthesize molybdenum disulfide thin films on the electrode current collector surface to contribute improving the efficiency and economic feasibility of salt gradient power generation using reverse electrodialysis. (2020-05-25)
Going nuclear on the moon and Mars
It might sound like science fiction, but scientists are preparing to build colonies on the moon and, eventually, Mars. (2020-05-20)
NUS researchers create novel device that harnesses shadows to generate electricity
NUS researchers have created a device called a 'shadow-effect energy generator' that makes use of the contrast in illumination between lit and shadowed areas to generate electricity. (2020-05-20)
Study suggests aggressive carbon taxation could help US meet targets in Paris agreement
A new study looked at US tax policy as it relates to carbon dioxide (CO2), from 2015 through 2030. (2020-05-19)
Urban heat waves imperil LA's most vulnerable communities
Some of LA's most disadvantaged communities are vulnerable to extreme heat waves, which are increasingly common due to global warming. (2020-05-18)
Electrolysis: Chemists have discovered how to produce better electrodes
Another step forward for renewable energies: The production of green hydrogen could be even more efficient in the future. (2020-05-14)
Coordination polymer glass provides solid support for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists at Japan's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) are leading efforts to synthesize stronger and efficient materials for hydrogen fuel cell membranes. (2020-05-13)
US wind plants show relatively low levels of performance decline as they age
Wind plants in the United States remain relatively efficient over time, with only a 13% drop in performance over 17 years, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report in the May 13 issue of the journal Joule. (2020-05-13)
Atomically thin magnets for next generation spin and quantum electronics
In 2005, Science asked if it was possible to develop a magnetic semiconductor that could work at room temperature. (2020-05-13)
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