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Scottish Power has announced plans to undergo a massive power project in Europe to harness UK’s wind and solar farms. The company will be connecting a massive battery, half the size of a soccer field, to the Whitelee onshore windfarm in early 2020 to acquire more power from its 215 turbines.   Scottish Power’s newest battery will help to power UK and can help with any small power fluctuations. (Image Credit: Danny Lawson - PA Images via Getty Images)   This project will ...
  The demand for electric vehicles has exploded, but supporting infrastructure still has a long way to go to realize the vision of a fossil-fuel-free world.   When is the last time you’ve seen an electric vehicle charging station? If you’re like most Americans, it has probably been a while. That is going to have to change to support the anticipated 3 million electric vehicles (EV) expected to be on the road by 2025.   Image: International Council on Clean Trans ...
The Powerpack units allow trains cutbacks on energy consumption and can be used as a backup power generator if an outage occurs. (Image Credit: Tesla)   Tesla's latest installation of their Powerpack units in Osaka, Japan invites backup power to trains in the region. Installation included 42 Powerpack units that will help to reduce peak energy demands on the grid. If an outage were to occur, trains and passengers would still be able to travel to the nearest station due to the functionality ...
Researchers from Stanford University have figured out a way to create hydrogen fuel by using solar power, electrodes and saltwater from the San Francisco Bay. As reported on March 18th in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, separating hydrogen and oxygen gas from seawater with the use of electricity is a new and improved method. Current methods require the use of highly-purified water which is expensive to produce and is a valuable resource.   The device can generate hydrog ...
24M, an innovative battery company has announced the development and deliverance of commercially viable, high energy density lithium-ion battery cells. Using its SemiSolid design in its facility, the company managed to reach energy densities that exceed 250-watt-hours per kilogram - which is the highest amount for EV applications. The advanced 24M battery has significant improvements that can beat out the current technology. (Image Credit: 24M) Actual cell chemistry in the battery cell or ...
DeepMind trains the AI system on past weather forecast and histories. (Photo via pixabay)   Wind power is a popular option when it comes to clean, renewable energy. But it’s also finicky since wind is often unpredictable making it difficult to use for power grids. Google believes they may have solved that problem by using artificial intelligence. The company announced they have trained an AI system how to predict the energy output of Google’s wind farms by using DeepMind.  ...
I'm reviewing a Gallium Nitrate step-down converter for Point of Load (PoL) high power conversion. In this post, I'm checking the sub-circuit that can inject an 8 A load pulse into the converter output. The injected load is steep and allows you to evaluate the response of the design to fast current demand rise and fall. For an explanation of the main DC converter, check the links at the end of this post.   The converter is designed to deliver high current, up to 50 A, at point of load. ...
Nissan ROAM uses old lithium-ion battery cells from old Nissan electric cars to power the Air Opus Trailer. ROAM has enough juice to power devices, small appliances, and an onboard light and heating system. (Photo via Nissan)   In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and pollution, more people are making the switch to electric cars. While they are kinder to the environment, they pose a new problem people aren’t considering. What happens to the batteries once they die? Luckily, they d ...
(Image credit: Pixabay)   Alphabet’s X division has recently spun an offshoot company from within its ranks with Malta announcing it raised $26-million in new funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures for continued development of their electro-thermal energy storage solution. The newly formed company has chosen Cambridge (MA) as their new headquarters where they will carry out their endeavors of building on their green energy storage platform, which uses a thermal differential between ...
In an attempt to find more sustainable and lasting sources of energy, scientists are developing a battery for electric vehicles that has the potential of lasting up to 10 times longer than any lithium ion battery on the market. (Image of the different components of a fluoride battery Honda)   Since the 1990s, the lithium battery has been the best option for portable equipment or even electric vehicles. The lithium-ion battery replaced its predecessor, the nickel battery, thanks to its lig ...
The rechargeable fluoride-based batteries rely on a tetraalkylammonium salt-fluorinated ether electrolyte, and a copper-lanthanum trifluoride core-shell cathode to function without building up heat. (Image credit: Honda)   Move over lithium; fluoride is set to become the medium for more efficient, higher-density rechargeable batteries, according to researchers from Honda’s Research Institute, Caltech, and NASA’s JPL, who developed a new chemistry with a more favorable environme ...
Various teams of researchers are working independently to bring to the world a way to enjoy renewable energy on-the-go and at an affordable price. There is also a possibility to store clean energy using a technique that would not break the bank. Mechanism of using the Norbonadiene. (Image via zmescience)   Mankind’s efforts to create a greener and cleaner environment has led to many discoveries, among which are sustainable sources of energy: wind, sun, water, etc. However, what happe ...
Scientists at Harvard University are working on a plan to cool down the planet and fight global warming. The solution is in the greenhouse gases effect. Infographic of how solar geoengineering works. (Image from Harvard.edu)   Climate change has been at the center of many discussions in the last couple of years, especially since the 2016 elections in the United States. The country has never been as divided on the subject of what to do about global warming and climate change as it is today. ...
Hi all!   On this post you'll find the top 5 warning signs of hidden electrical problems.   You might have a hidden electrical problem if you have: 1. Repeated equipment failures 2. Random equipment resets or process failures 3. Breakers tripping or fuses blowing with no signs of overloading 4. Transformers or motors running hot 5. Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) frequently going on line   How to see everything your electrical system may be hiding. A computer locks ...
China’s EAST Reactor has reached a temperature exceeding 180 million; that’s hotter than the sun. For a brief period, this reactor was hotter than the sun. (Photo via IPP)   It’s no easy feat to artificially recreate the temperature of the sun. The core of the sun reaches about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million degrees Celsius) and recreating this extremely hot temperature is a challenge. But for a brief period, China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting ...