Optimum use of wave energy using oscillating water column system
Engineers Modesto Amundarain and Mikel Alberdi have presented the first two PhD theses at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Spain) on the use of oscillating water column (OWC) converters for extracting renewable ...
Physicists demonstrate conditions for laser-driven fusion
The birth of electrical engineering
In September 1882, Thomas Edison opened the first commercial power plant in the United States, serving 59 customers in a square mile of Lower Manhattan. That same fall, MIT made electrical history of its own, ...
Hybrid energy harvesting device developed for generating electricity from heat and light
Fujitsu Laboratories today announced that it has developed a new hybrid energy harvesting device that generates electricity from either heat or light. With this single device, it is possible to derive energy ...
Value-added sulfur scrubbing
Power plants that burn fossil fuels remain the main source of electricity generation across the globe. Modern power plants have scrubbers to remove sulfur compounds from their flue gases, which has helped reduce the problem ...
Small is beautiful in hydroelectric power plant design, and good for the environment
Hydroelectric power is the oldest and the "greenest" source of renewable energy. In Germany, the potential would appear to be completely exploited, while large-scale projects in developing countries are eliciting ...
KEPCO, power company in Japan, taps nature to revitalize trees
Kansai Electric Power Co. in Japan has developed a new method for rejuvenating trees using mycorrhizal fungi, which form mutually beneficial relationships with plants.
Start-up company aims to harness the full potential of producing electricity from waste heat
Different energy mixes will fuel plug-in hybrid cars
Few drivers know exactly which well in which country their gasoline comes from, and from an environmental standpoint, it may not matter. Burning petroleum from the United States, Canada, Russia or Iran would ...
Energy storage system deals with sudden draws on the grid
Time for a quick cuppa? When the final whistle blows, demand for electricity usually soars, causing a headache for energy companies.
New superconductor research may solve key problem in physics
Binghamton University physicist Michael Lawler and his colleagues have made a breakthrough that could lead to advances in superconductors. Their findings will be published this week in the prestigious British journal Nature.
First ever hybrid solar-coal power plant operating
Renewables account for 62 percent of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU in 2009
The "Renewable Energy Snapshots" report, published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62 percent of the new electricity generation capacity installed ...
Transforming waste plastic into an alternative fuel
(PhysOrg.com) -- Northeastern engineering students and faculty researcher collaborate on prototype of apparatus that could drive electric power plants without fossil fuels.