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Energy consumption is the issue of the 21st century. The gyrations in the price of oil on the world markets to the global uncertainty stoked by the prospect of peak oil and the end of the quality of life as we know it all feed into the importance of energy to our lives. One way to solve these energy uncertainties is to find ways to use energy more efficiently.   Energy efficiency is all about doing more with less. Cars with better efficiency use less gas to obtain the same (or better) perf ...
Could our phone batteries get new life? Batteries have lots of issues which make them prone to lose capacity, break, and fail. UC researchers have created a nanowire battery that seems to solve all of these issues and last virtually forever even after over 200,000 power cycles. (image via Martin Abegglen/Flicker)   And the race to find better batteries to serve our techno-crazed society continues! We have reviewed growing research in the past 6 months alone that demonstrates how researcher ...
Around the element14 offices, we've been chatting a lot lately about energy efficiency and this has prompted us to begin collecting our thoughts on the subject. As always, an important part of this process is gaining your opinions on the matter to clear up some of the ambiguity surrounding what energy efficiency actually means to us all. Ultimately, this'll help guide the direction of new content, campaigns or programs we'll be initiating here on the Community that are focused on the subject. &# ...