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Image shows the first piece of the tokamak being lowered. The reactor is expected to weigh 23,000 tonnes once the 5-year assembly phase is complete. (Image Credit: ITER)   On July 28th, engineers in southern France began the five-year assembly phase of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). This is the world’s largest fusion project, which is expected to operate in late 2025, generating 500MW of thermal fusion energy. Development was supposed to start in 1985, b ...
In the first breakthrough, scientists discovered a way to convert invisible light into high energy light. The other breakthrough allows for the production of more efficient, less costly solar panels. (Image Credit: pixabay)   Scientists have discovered two major breakthroughs in solar cell technology, enabling them to use invisible light from the sun to generate electricity. These new discoveries make the conversion cheaper and more efficient. The breakthroughs were published in Nature En ...
CAISO connects the largest battery to the power grid CAISO connected the largest battery storage in the US to California’s power grid, adding 62.5 megawatts of capacity to the grid. (Image Credit: Matthew Henry, Unsplash)   The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) connected the largest battery storage in the US to California’s power grid in June. It added 62.5 megawatts of storage interconnection to the ISO grid when the initial phase of LS Power Group’s Gate ...
A team of researchers in Singapore found a way to make smartphones batteries last almost forever?   Smartphones improved our lives in countless ways since their introduction. However, their numerous functions created a new concern for users: the life of the battery. Some of the causes of rapid energy depletion in smartphones include the processor, the length of screen activity, and, more importantly, the exchange of data. Indeed, the beauty of having a smartphone is that it can perform some ...
Professor Aguey Zinsou holds up the metal materials that could store hydrogen in a solid-state. (Image Credit: Janie Barrett)   Using low-cost hydrogen storage to power homes and businesses may soon become a reality if new technology makes a quick transition from the lab. Researchers at the University of NSW in Australia have developed metal alloys that can store excess electricity in the form of hydrogen at a less costly price than lithium batteries.   "You can call me an alchemist ...
The chitin ingredient found in shrimp shells has been used by researchers at MIT to develop new electrode components for vanadium flow batteries. (Image Credit: Arina Ertman, Unsplash)   Poor shrimps… about to harvested more than ever. The modern world is mostly dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Still, when it comes to renewable energy, scientists think there is a lot of potential in a novel alternative called vanadium flow batteries. Researchers at MIT have extracted chitin from ...
Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd created a new battery for electric vehicles that will take the electric cars sector to new heights. Sign of CATL in front of company building. (Image credit: CATL)   The most important part, and the source of anxiety in buyers, of electric vehicles is the battery. Many companies have been competing to put on the market an electric vehicle with the longest-lasting battery. The issue is that the battery of an electric vehicle (EV) is expensive to produce a ...
GE joins the race to sustainable energy for all with its new wind turbine project. The company wants to build the tallest wind turbine in the US by 3-D Printing the base. Prototype of a 10 meter base for the wind turbine. (Image credit: GE)   GE announced that it is planning to build a wind turbine taller than some of the landmarks in the area, like the Seattle needle! Such a big endeavor called for international cooperation: GE, COBOD – a reputable European 3-D printing company, and ...
Charging stations around the world have significantly increased (Image Credit: Tesla)   Electric car charging points are on the rise around the world, and a new report details just how rapidly they’re growing. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recently published the 2020 EV Outlook report analyzes a number of crucial data points related to electric vehicle adoption, such as charging infrastructure.   Usually, charging infrastructures have been described as the R ...
Stanford University consistently brings us innovation. It’s astounding. An example of that is the team of engineers who created a clever way to transmit electricity wirelessly. The technology could send electricity to moving electric cars, drones and robots, and could be applied to electric cars driving on the highway or drones flying in the sky after it is scaled up.   Although a revolutionary idea, wireless electricity is a project, the team had been working on for a while now. Sh ...
The industry of coal is facing obstacles that suggest the industry might disappear completely in a near future. Progression of the Consumption of coal since 1950. (Image credit: EIA.GOV)   There was as time when light revolved around renewable sources of energy, in an indirect way. Water or wind power for mills, for example. Nowadays, electricity is generated through exploiting non-renewable sources − natural gas, coal and nuclear energy. In fact, in the US coal is the primary fuel u ...
Some researchers at the National University of Singapore developed an energy generator that utilizes a combination of light and shadow to produce electricity. The SEG in use to power an electronic watch, Image courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry.   As time passes, more people are concerned about the environment; innovation follows.  A move away from fossil fuels is the direction. Nature based energy scavenging being pushed at every front, water, air, and the sun. However, nobody ...
  Xinc8 has developed a new type of battery that will outperform lithium-ion batteries one day. (Image Credit: Zinc8)     A new type of battery that won’t degrade, can’t explode, and is up to five times cheaper than lithium-ion batteries will be available on the market. Zinc8, a Canadian-based company, has developed the new zinc-air hybrid flow battery, which has adaptable storage capacity and has the potential to outperform lithium-ion batteries. This device could r ...
Artist’s impression of electron spins “frustrated” as the magnetic sample is forced into a spin liquid state. (Image Credit: Daniel Haskel)   Researchers at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, inserted a magnetic crystal between two small flat-head diamonds and slowly squeezed them together to create a magnetic liquid. This study, published in Physics Review Letters ...
Renewable energy has surpassed coal in April 2020 for 40 straight days. (Image Credit: Myriam Zilles from Pixabay) To date, the coronavirus pandemic has brought some positive changes on the planet, including decreased air pollution, wildlife roaming around freely, and more recently, the United States has seen an uptick in clean energy. During the economic decline as a result of mandatory stay-at-home rulings, renewable energies have started to gain momentum. Figures from the U.S. Energy Informat ...