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By 2050, nearly half of the world’s electricity will be supplied by solar and wind, effectively putting an end to energy created by coal and gas. Owners of EVs will also be able to hook up their automobile to a power grid, transferring energy back and forth between cars and houses, allowing car owners to carry renewable energy wherever they go.   However, it requires storage battery systems. Switching from a system that supplies energy through power plants running on fossil fuels to ...
On July 18th, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo granted contracts for two offshore wind projects based off Long Island, expecting to reach 1,200 megawatts in capacity. The deal is the largest for offshore wind power in U.S. history, and it’s a vital part of the plan to get all power emissions-free by 2040. Equinor ASA and a joint venture between Denmark’s Orsted A/S and Massachusetts Eversource Energy were awarded the opportunity to construct the farms, creating enough energy t ...
A new study shows the rise of renewable energy and how close it is to dethroning nuclear energy. Renewable energy is growing at a fast pace. Will it be the main source of energy in the future? (Image credit: gong hangxu/iStock)   As concerns about global warming and climate change grow, the call for renewable energy keeps growing. A new article from Forbes tracks the rise of renewable energy around the world. Their findings show that while coal is still the main source of electricity aroun ...
As an engineer, I expect about 10% of everything will fail. Imagining having to fix 320,000 solar panels sounds rough...   On June 29th, the world’s largest solar plant project with 3.2 million solar panels installed across an 8-kilometer site, the Noor Abu Dhabi became fully operational, with a capacity of 1,177MW. There are also differences between this project and a ‘solar park.’ A solar park is usually an area of land marked to harness solar power and usually boast mu ...
Tesla’s secret lab in Freemont, California is currently in the process of developing battery cells. Present and former employees of Tesla have made reports on recent developments, with plans to manufacture them into their own electric vehicles. The company is dependent on Panasonic to develop battery cells at the moment and may affect future production roles, especially since Tesla signed a partnership deal with Panasonic in 2014.   Tesla’s secret battery could cut costs, ad ...
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.  ...
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 ...