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The floating solar panels could be used in windy conditions. (Image Credit: Saipem)   Norwegian oil group Equinor and Saipem, an Italian oil and gas contractor, have recently signed an agreement to develop a floating solar panel park technological solution for near-coastal applications. Project developments will be based on technology created by Moss Maritine, a subsidiary of Saipem's XSIGHT division that provides engineering services. The goal is to create a modularized system designed fo ...
Inoperable wind turbines could be recycled and be put to use in various ways in the future.   It can be quite challenging to recycle wind turbines, mainly because the blades are made of extremely rugged materials. The blades have been built to withstand all types of weather conditions, from extreme heat to hurricane-force winds, which means the blades will be removed and put into landfills. Every year up until 2022, approximately 3,800 blades are removed in Europe. A Danish start-up, Milj ...
The smelliest fruit, durian, can provide a better alternative for energy storage to fast-charge electronic devices.   Two of the world's smelliest fruits, durian and jackfruit, could be key ingredients when it comes to creating better energy storage for lightning-fast electric charging. Researchers from the University of Sydney have successfully built electrodes for supercapacitors out of durian and jackfruit waste that can smoothly send out energy. This will allow anyone to power their p ...
Jimmy Carter’s solar panel farm generates 1.3 MW of power, which is enough to power 50% of Plains, Georgia. (Image Credit: SolAmerica)   Solar power technology might be taking a big step forward now and in the future. Solutions involving renewable, clean energy have started to have a big impact recently. Solar-powered farms, a solar-powered plane, and even Jimmy Carter’s installation of over 3,000 solar panels have made a major contribution to the energy sector.   Jimmy ...
Artist’s drawing of the thin film device generating electricity with nanowires. (Image Credit: University of Massachusetts)   Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device made from protein nanowires harvested from the microbe Geobacter sulfurreducens that generates electricity from moisture in the air. This new technology could have major implications for renewable energy, climate change, and medicine in the future. The team published their findings ...
These tiny chips, smaller than a grain of rice, operate on low power and can improve communication range for IoT devices. (Image Credit: David Baillot/UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering)   A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio placed inside a tiny chip could pave the way for more portable, fully wireless smart home setups, lower power wearables, and battery-less smart devices. The chips enable Internet of Things devices to communicate with Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power tha ...
MIT’s new concept packs more power in a battery, making it more durable. These new systems could allow a smartphone to last for 3 days without needing to be recharged. (Image Credit: MIT News)   Engineers at MIT have developed a new battery electrode that could lead to more durable batteries that pack a large amount of power per pound. The research is based on MIT’s long-sought goal of utilizing pure-lithium metal as the anode, one of the two electrodes used in batteries. MIT&# ...
Roll Royce’s small modular reactors could provide energy for the UK, replacing traditional nuclear plants by 2029. (Image Credit: Rolls-Royce)   Rolls-Royce is well known around the globe for developing aviation, shipping, automobiles, and land power applications. The company is now leading a consortium to construct and install small modular reactors (SMRs) on former nuclear sites. These SMRs will run on nuclear power and will be 1.5 acres in size in the middle of a 10-acre piece of ...
Researchers created a single-molecule catalyst that collects solar energy and converts it into hydrogen. (Image credit: Pixabay)   For the first time ever, scientists from Ohio State University have discovered a molecule that takes advantage of the visible spectrum of sunlight. The molecule can efficiently absorb sunlight and function as a catalyst to convert solar energy into hydrogen, which can be used as an alternative to fuel for vehicles that rely on gas to operate.  Their findin ...
The new graphene battery cells takes just twenty minutes to reach a full charge of a 3,000mAh cell. It’s also cooler and doesn’t generate as much heat as lithium batteries. (Image Credit: Real Graphene)   I can see this type of battery technology becoming massively adopted in the coming years.   Lithium batteries that have been infused with graphene tend to last longer, charge faster and have lower temperatures than the standard lithium batteries. Graphene has benefits th ...
The new system gives improved performance for solar energy harvesting over the old system. (Image Credit: University of Houston) It’s been a long and anticipated process, but vintage solar energy storage research from the 1980s is finally starting to show some results. Researchers from the University of Houston in Texas have demonstrated a hybrid system that collects and stores solar energy in the form of heat for 24/7 use. The system doesn’t rely on molten salt or specialized oils ...
Zero Mass Water unveiled their new Rexi Source hydropanel at CES 2020. The device promises to produce drinkable water out of the air. (Image Credit: Zero Mass Water)   At CES 2020, Zero Mass Water, a startup based in Arizona, unveiled its Rexi Source hydropanel, a panel that looks similar to a solar roof panel, except it doesn’t harness energy from the sun, but instead creates water from the air. This new device could help create drinking water where it’s not accessible or unsa ...
Associate Professor Matthew Hill, Dr. Mahdokht Shaibani and Professor Mainak Majumder show the new lithium-sulfur battery design. (Image Credit: Monash University) For years, scientists have been looking for ways to make lithium-sulfur batteries that compete with lithium-ion. Researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed what they claim is the world’s most efficient lithium-sulfur (LI-S) battery that has a lesser environmental impact and they’re close t ...
Anyone visiting the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga will be treated with a nice Christmas surprise. An electric eel, named Miguel Wattson, has been lightning up a nearby Christmas tree just outside his tank. Miguel’s tank has been hooked up with a special system that allows his electrical discharges to power up the lights whenever he’s experiencing some sort of excitement. Miguel Wattson, an electric eel at the Tennessee Aquarium, can light up a Christmas tree with bursts of e ...
Heliogen’s systems use AI and mirrored panels to generate heat (Image credit: Heliogen)   A new startup backed by tech guru Bill Gates has recently achieved promising results that could be a major breakthrough for solar energy. Heliogen claims they have been able to harness enough solar energy from mirrored panels to generate heat reaching temperatures above 1,832 Fahrenheit. That’s hot enough to possibly replace fossil fuels producing cement, steel, and glass, usually rely on ...