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Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand
14 Aug 2019 at 5:12am
Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis has revealed.
Growth of wind energy points to future challenges, promise
13 Aug 2019 at 8:22am
Advances in adapting the technology and better methods for predicting wind conditions have fanned significant growth of the use of wind turbines for electricity in the last 40 years. A new report takes stock of where the field is now and what lies ahead. Researchers surveyed the growth of wind technology as a source of renewable energy and assessed its viability for continuing to capture larger shares of the electricity market.
Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency
8 Aug 2019 at 9:38am
A new study finds that if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric energy demand.
Supercomputers use graphics processors to solve longstanding turbulence question
25 Jul 2019 at 6:18am
Advanced simulations have solved a problem in turbulent fluid flow that could lead to more efficient turbines and engines.
Could the heat of the Earth's crust become the ultimate energy source?
17 Jul 2019 at 8:03pm
Scientists have developed a very stable battery cell that can directly convert heat into electricity, thus finally providing a way for exploiting geothermal energy in a sustainable way.
A new material for the battery of the future
17 Jul 2019 at 9:26am
Researchers have discovered a new high performance and safe battery material (LTPS) capable of speeding up charge and discharge to a level never observed so far. Practically, if the first tests are confirmed, this new material could be used in the batteries of the future with better energy storage, faster charge and discharge and higher safety targeting many uses from smartphones, to electric bicycle and cars.
Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage
23 May 2019 at 10:02am
One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that's generated from wind, solar and waves. At present, no existing technology provides large-scale storage and energy retrieval for sustainable energy at a low financial and environmental cost. Engineered electroactive microbes could be part of the solution.
Offshore wind farm increased tourism on Block Island
6 May 2019 at 12:01pm
Researchers who analyzed AirBnB rental data before and after construction of the Block Island Wind Farm have found that, contrary to some concerns, the turbines have been linked with increased tourism on the island.
Mapping industrial 'hum' in the US
26 Apr 2019 at 10:00am
Using a dense sensor network that scanned the United States between 2003 and 2014, researchers have identified areas within the country marked by a persistent seismic signal caused by industrial processes.
Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate c...
8 Apr 2019 at 8:40am
Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research. New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead.
The complicated future of offshore wind power in the US
2 Apr 2019 at 1:45pm
In recent years the US Department of Energy laid out an ambitious plan to grow the US offshore wind sector. Researchers make the case that it might not be as easy as it seems, citing specifically the challenge of supplying rare-earth metals needed to build these offshore wind turbines.
How to ice-proof the next generation of aircraft
1 Apr 2019 at 10:30am
To prevent ice formation on aircraft during flight, current systems utilize the heat generated by burning fuel, but these high-temperature, fuel-dependent systems cannot be used on the proposed all-electric, temperature-sensitive materials of next-generation aircraft. As some scientists search for new anti-icing methods, some have taken a different approach. They've published evidence showing that equipment important in controlling landing and takeoff can double-up as icing control. It depends on plasma actuators.
Good news! Europe's electric grid will still work even as the world crumbles
6 Mar 2019 at 8:07am
Temperatures may climb and seas may rise, but the lights (and, undoubtedly, the air conditioning) will still be on in nations with high capacities for wind and solar energy. New research suggests that these electricity systems should work almost equally well in both historical and future European climates despite changing weather patterns.
How power-to-gas technology can be green and profitable
26 Feb 2019 at 8:23am
Hydrogen production based on wind power can already be commercially viable today. Until now, it was generally assumed that this environmentally friendly power-to-gas technology could not be implemented profitably. Economists have now described, based on the market situations in Germany and Texas, how flexible production facilities could make this technology a key component in the transition of the energy system.
Renewable energy generation with kites and drones
19 Feb 2019 at 10:27am
A group of researchers has recently developed a new software aimed at the analysis of energy generation systems based on kites and drones. They used the software to study the behavior of these systems while transforming the kinetic energy of the wind into useful electrical energy.