Metamaterial paves way for thermophotovoltaic cells that generate electricity in the dark

Dr Sergey Kruk demonstrates a prototype metamaterial device that could be used in super-efficient “thermophotovoltaic” cells to generate electricity from infrared energy, even in the dark (Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU). View gallery (3 images) Using a new optical magnetic metamaterial claimed to have revolutionary properties, physicists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University […]

Power dense zinc-manganese power unit as cheap as a car battery

Researchers have discovered a way to fix the reliability problems of zinc-manganese batteries and produce a high-energy-density, rechargeable unit that could provide an inexpensive solution for alternative energy storage (Credit: PNNL). A team of scientists working on analyzing energy flows in prototype zinc-manganese batteries have stumbled upon a new way to make these power cells […]

Fastidiously engineered Ford Eco Blue diesel promises big fuel savings

Ford’s EcoBlue diesel has been designed to save fuel and deliver more power from the top down. Ford’s EcoBoost gasoline engines have found favor in everything from Fiesta hatchbacks to the almighty Mustang, but the fuel-saving tech is yet to make its way into the brand’s diesel engines. Until now, that is, because Ford has […]

San Francisco Law Now Requires Solar Panels Fitted To All New Buildings

Last week, San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to take a strong stand on solar by passing a rule requiring all new buildings to be fitted with solar panels. The city’s Board of Supervisors passed the rule requiring all buildings under 10 stories to have the panels in an effort to help the […]

Hundred-Metre Long Solar Platforms Remain Steady, Stable in Rough Sea Weather

Solar panels require a lot of space, so why not use the space which is abundant in large bodies of water to produce environmentally-friendly electricity? The main obstacle to this is waves, which endanger large floating installations on the water. A new lightweight construction has been developed at TU Wien which can be used to […]

3D-Printed Heart Uses Urine to Power Robot

In the buzzword story of the year, researchers at the University of the West of England created a 3D-printed robot heart that runs on urine. That’s right, a printed organ that pumps pee through a robot. Though the research is still in the early stages, the switch to urine means a lessened likelihood of clogged […]

Pee-Powered Batteries to Bring Cheap Energy to Developing Countries

Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a miniature microbial fuel cell (MFC) that uses urine to generate electricity, making it a cheap, renewable, and carbon-neutral energy source—something that would be of particular benefit to areas of the world where energy is scarce or inaccessible. That’s right, folks. A pee pee-powered battery. “In the […]

Construction of first US offshore wind farm due for completion in 2016

The Block Island Wind Farm is expected to produce around 125,000 MWh of electricity annually. Last year saw construction begin on the US’s first offshore wind farm. The 30-MW Block Island Wind Farm will be located about 3 mi (4.8) off the coast of Block Island in the US state of Rhode Island, but its […]

All-weather come rain or shine solar cell design generates electricity no matter what the weather

A team led by Qunwei Tang is developing solar cells that generate electricity not only from the sun, but also raindrops. Numerous research efforts have already demonstrated the potential for graphene to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Now a team of researchers in China has leveraged the remarkable properties of the wonder material to […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY OUTSTRIPS FOSSIL FUELS BY FAR

Malcolm Turnbull’s big spend on clean energy One billion dollars will be spent by the Government on clean and renewable energy. Courtesy ABC News24. Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable. While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy […]