Better software cuts computer energy use
An EU research project is developing tools to help software engineers create energy-efficient code, which could reduce electricity consumption at data centres by up to 50% and improve battery life in smart ...
Students help Cornish dairy embrace renewables revolution
Students from the University of Exeter are helping a family-run Cornish business reduce their carbon footprint by embracing the renewables revolution.
Researchers capture microimages of micropillar P/N junctions on a semiconductor
By equipping a semiconductor, with which you can convert sunlight into electricity, with micropillars, you can increase the surface and efficiency. Creating a so-called P/N junction in these micropillars, ...
Can capacitors in electrical circuits provide large-scale energy storage?
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 ...
Electric vehicles could stabilize large disturbances in power grid
Clean energy 'bio batteries' a step closer
Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) are a step closer to enhancing the generation of clean energy from bacteria.
Bending—but not breaking—in search of new materials
Making a paper airplane in school used to mean trouble. Today it signals a promising discovery in materials science research that could help next-generation technology -like wearable energy storage devices- ...
Why Australia's entire power sector should support the Renewable Energy Target
There's been much talk about how uncertainty over the future of the (RET) is affecting the renewable energy industry.
After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom—and glut
Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.
New mechanism discovered to convert light into electricity: The 'plasmoelectric effect'
Researchers from FOM Institute AMOLF and the California Institute of Technology have discovered a new method for the generation of electrical potentials using light. With the help of minutely sculpted metal ...
New system would allow programmers to easily trade computational accuracy for energy savings
As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption.
Electric-car drivers trading gas for solar power (Update)
Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.
'Reverse engineering' materials for more efficient heating and cooling
If you've ever gone for a spin in a luxury car and felt your back being warmed or cooled by a seat-based climate control system, then you've likely experienced the benefits of a class of materials called ...