'Hybrid' nuclear plants could make a dent in carbon emissions
Many efforts to smooth out the variability of renewable energy sources—such as wind and solar power—have focused on batteries, which could fill gaps lasting hours or days.
Hybrid energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations and sunlight
Sky survey of gamma ray sources reveals galactic energy bubbles
Yesterday I talked about the Fermi gamma ray telescope, and how it allowed us to make much more precise observations of gamma rays in the universe. Part of the purpose of the Fermi telescope is to observe ...
Researchers set out path for global warming reversal
Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) can reverse the global warming trend and push temperatures back below the global target of 2°C above pre-industrial levels, even if current policies fail and we initially ...
Tesla patent describes hybrid battery pack system for EVs
New nanoparticles make solar cells cheaper to manufacture
University of Alberta researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.
Green conversion of heat to electricity
Soon, it will be possible to produce electricity from heat over 30 degrees emitted from a waste incinerator, refinery, or data processor. The start-up Osmoblue has just confirmed the feasibility of this new ...
Carbon dioxide 'sponge' could ease transition to cleaner energy
A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material—a relative o ...
Wind, solar power paired with storage could be cost-effective way to power grid
(Phys.org)—Renewable energy could fully power a large electric grid 99.9 percent of the time by 2030 at costs comparable to today's electricity expenses, according to new research by the University of Delaware ...
Cheaper solar panels fuel rise in renewable energy
A dramatic drop in the price of solar power technology last year helped the continued growth of renewable energy, according to a U.N.-backed report published Wednesday.
Harnessing everyday motion to power mobile devices (w/ video)
Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the 247th ...
Architect unveils concept of 4D printing at TED conference (w/ video)
Researchers find way to measure speed of spinning object using light's orbital angular momentum
Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security
A Los Alamos National Laboratory quantum cryptography (QC) team has successfully completed the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography.