“You kind of picture yourself climbing halfway up a mountain, but the top of the mountain is hidden in clouds,” said Omar Hurricane, the lead author of the Nature paper, in a teleconference with journalists. “And then someone calls you on your satellite phone and asks you, ‘How long is it going to take you to climb to the top of the mountain?’ You just don’t know.” Hurricane and other scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, home of the multi-billion-dollar National Ignition Facility, took pains to calibrate their claims of success. Fusion energy milestone reported by California scientists
Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. However, for high power usage the devices must be large and in direct contact with the sun at all times, meaning they need to track its position in the sky using sensors and equipment that are expensive and susceptible to bad weather.
Brazilian sugarcane Humans and batteries--and indeed most other things in the natural world, operate on largely similar principals. Energy is generated somehow, stored, and expended for work. It's only the details that separate these processes, but the gap might shrink with the advent of biobatteries. As ExtremeTech reports, researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a working sugar-powered fuel cell with energy density greater than that of current lithium-ion batteries. Sugar, or more accurately glucose, is an excellent source of energy in biological beings, as it's energy-dense and easy for a plant or animal to process. Glucose-based battery has 10 times energy of lithium: researchers | The Car Tech blog
As modern technology demands more and more power, lithium-ion batteries have been getting increasingly dense. There hasn’t been a true breakthrough in battery technology recently, so scientists have been working on ways to fit more components inside the same space. That means very precise work to keep everything neat and tidy. Now a team of researchers from MIT is pointing out some disorder could be a good thing in lithium-ion batteries. One of the issues engineers have had to contend with when layering battery components was that the materials might not hold up and could blend together. Lithium ions are less able to move through such muddled layers of cathode. MIT researchers find messy batteries might be better | Science!
Researchers Bioengineer Bacteria That Poops Out Gasoline
Chemist Hopes 'Artificial Leaf' Can Power Civilization Using Photosynthesis Imagine an artificial leaf that mimics photosynthesis, which lets plants harness energy from the sun.
Teen creates gadget that could charge your cellphone in 20 seconds This futuristic gizmo developed by a California teen in her spare time could revolutionize cellphone technology.
Fuel Cell Makes Power from Charcoal Fires The Voto uses a rugged and inexpensive fuel cell to charge a battery, cell phone, or power a light.
Some 900 miles to the north, Bill Gates and another Microsoft veteran, Nathan Myhrvold, have poured millions into a company developing a fission reactor that could run on today’s nuclear waste. And on the far side of the world, China has seized on discarded American research to pursue a safer reactor based on an abundant element called thorium. Beyond the question of whether they will work, these ambitious schemes pose a larger issue: How much faith should we, as a society, put in the idea of a big technological fix to save the world from ? In Search of Energy Miracles
More Good News About The 'Scientific Accident That May Change The World' | Science | ReWire Graphene supercapacitors | Photo: UCLA That battery life video that had gone viral due to a recent post on UpWorthy (and which we told you about Tuesday) now has an update.
(Phys.org)—This month, Panasonic and Tokyo Gas announced the launch of their newest Ene-Farm home fuel cell, a product that residents can use to generate energy right from their homes. This is a smaller, cheaper, and efficient successor to the Ene-Farm products of the past; the new product can operate 20 percent longer than the previous model, for 60,000 hours. The developers, Tokyo Gas and Panasonic, said that this Ene-Farm home fuel cell achieves overall efficiency of 95 percent LHV, as the world's most efficient fuel cell. Panasonic trims Ene-Farm fuel cell size and price
BETTER BIOFUEL: The plants that grow naturally on fallow agricultural lands could make better biofuels than crops.Image: © J.E. Food versus Fuel: Native Plants Make Better Ethanol
Breakthrough iron-based superconductors set new performance records (Phys.org)—The road to a sustainably powered future may be paved with superconductors.
There is huge potential in solar power. Princeton’s nanomesh nearly triples solar cell efficiency
Scientists design first all-carbon solar cell Scientists at California's Stanford University have managed to construct the first solar cell made entirely of carbon.
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Clean, limitless fusion power could arrive sooner than expected
New Fuel Cell Keeps Going After the Hydrogen Runs Out
Small Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Reaches Record Efficiency
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A Big Jump in Battery Capacity
Breakthrough in seaweed biofuel reported
Bill O’Reilly Threatens To Quit If Higher Taxes For Millionaires Are Enacted
Harvesting 'limitless' hydrogen from self-powered cells
Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear
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Earth's Dirty Secret: Our Magnetic Field Traps Antimatter
New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt
Lightning in a Bottle: Antimatter Trapped for Nearly 17 Minutes
U.S. scientists develop new clean energy technology
Scientists Discover Wild Solar Energy Effect, Allows Power Without Cells
Scientists Cook Up Artificial Leaf, Quantum Dots for Solar Cells
A brave new world of fossil fuels on demand
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