Solar power coming to a store near you
(AP) -- Solar technology is going where it has never gone before: onto the shelves at retail stores where do-it-yourselfers can now plunk a panel into a shopping cart and bring it home to install.
US National Academies panel recommends expanding alternative nuclear fusion experiments
(PhysOrg.com) -- The National Academies in the United States, made up of the four organizations: the National Academies of Science and Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, has issued an interim report in the National Academies Press, advoc ...
Lazard's numbers show cost-competitive gains for wind, solar
Quantum dots brighten the future of lighting
(Phys.org) -- With the age of the incandescent light bulb fading rapidly, the holy grail of the lighting industry is to develop a highly efficient form of solid-state lighting that produces high quality white ...
With carbon nanotubes, a path to flexible, low-cost sensors
Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that ...
Matched 'hybrid' systems may hold key to wider use of renewable energy
The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to "match" different forms of alternative energy systems that provide ...
Research finds bright future for alternative energy with greener solar cells
(Phys.org) -- Even alternative energy technologies can sometimes be a little greener, according to a Kansas State University graduate student's research.
Optical Society Launches Laser Anniversary Video
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the release of the video Lasers: Transforming Life, a special anniversary video highlighting the importance of lasers and laser technology.
A green data center with an autonomous power supply
A new data center in the United States is generating electricity for its servers entirely from renewable sources, converting biogas from a sewage treatment plant into electricity and water. Siemens implemented ...
Reducing information stored in magnetic thin films to the size of single grains could improve computer hard drives
Despite the increasing competition from alternative technologies such as solid-state drives, magnetic disks remain an important data-storage technology. They are not only reliable and inexpensive, but their ...
DeltaWing concept car to race at Le Mans
Harvested rainwater harbors pathogens
South Africa has been financing domestic rainwater harvesting tanks in informal low-income settlements and rural areas in five of that nation's nine provinces. But pathogens inhabit such harvested rainwater, potentially posing ...
Alternative-energy innovations on display
Climate change is in dispute. Oil and gas are staging a comeback. Republicans are questioning federal funding for energy research as a waste of money in a time of deficits.
Effort to mass-produce flexible nanoscale electronics
Case Western Reserve University researchers have won a $1.2 million grant to develop technology for mass-producing flexible electronic devices at a whole new level of small.