Dr Greg Brittles, Tokamak Energy TOKAMAK ENERGY Dr Greg Brittles’ eyes gleam with excitement when he explains the project he is working on. “It’s every engineer’s dream really, to have a project that’s technically challenging, which requires you to develop new technology and solutions to hard problems, but that are […]

Farm of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. Credit: Oxford Brookes University The now-familiar sight of traditional propeller wind turbines could be replaced in the future with wind farms containing more compact and efficient vertical turbines. New research from Oxford Brookes University has found that the vertical turbine design is far more […]

Cubic silicon carbide in water. Credit: Thor Balkhed/LiU One prospective source of renewable energy is hydrogen gas produced from water with the aid of sunlight. Researchers at LiU have developed a material, nanoporous cubic silicon carbide, that exhibits promising properties to capture solar energy and split water for hydrogen gas […]

West Mato Volcano erupting in 2009. Credit: Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Volcanic eruptions deep in our oceans are capable of extremely powerful releases of energy, at a rate high enough to power the whole of the United States, according to research published today. Eruptions from […]

Illustration Credit: Cortland Johnson | PNNL Small stockpiles of biomass such as sewage, food waste, and wood chips are often overlooked in visions of future sustainable fuel and chemical production. The dismissal arises because transporting these materials to a large-scale, centralized bio-refinery would require more energy than they produce. Yet […]

Symbolic representation of the chemical formula of the new polymer. Credit: Anatoliy A. Vereshchagin Moreover, it is safer in terms of potential fire hazards and has a lower environmental impact. It is difficult to imagine our daily life without lithium-ion batteries. They dominate the small format battery market for portable […]

After decades of false starts, the federal approval of a new testing site off the coast of Oregon could give the technology a much-needed jolt. PHOTOGRAPH: GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Deskcollaboration. At first glance, waves have the makings of an ideal renewable energy source. […]

ANIMATION Berkeley Lab co-led collaboration with DESY and TU Freiberg brings us a step closer to more efficient photovoltaics and solar fuel systems. In the past 50 years, scientists have made great advances in photovoltaic technologies that convert sunlight into electricity, and artificial photosynthesis devices that convert sunlight and water into carbon-free […]

Floating solar farms could help to protect lakes and reservoirs from some of the harms of climate change, a new study suggests. However, given the complex nature of water bodies and differing designs of solar technologies, there could also be detrimental ecosystem impacts of deploying floating solar arrays. Credit: Giles […]