July 22, 2017
Finding time to stop, plug in and recharge could become history, with scientists developing a new electrode design that could charge batteries in seconds instead of hours.
July 20, 2017
The $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick is tuned for tinkerers and engineers who want to give neural network technology a whirl.
July 19, 2017
The core of our technology is the solar vacuum tube, a near-perfect insulator, allowing it to cook in even the most challenging conditions
July 14, 2017
Exactly 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was far different from what it is today. The stars within the Milky Way were known, and were known to be at distances up to thousands of light years away, but nothing was thought to be further.
July 12, 2017
The blockchain. It is the much-hyped, virtually foolproof digital ledger that allows cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to flourish without the need for banks and governments, and promises to enable everything from the creation of ethical supply chains, to the ensuring of instantaneous payment on delivery of goods and services agreed to in immutable smart contracts.
July 4, 2017
That may take a while, but once fire ice is put to commercial use, it will have a huge impact on China and the world. For example, it will help keep energy prices low, and reduce the importance of oil and oil exporting countries.
June 25, 2017
In 2008 I said Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans “could be bigger than anything in U.S. real estate since the invention of the glass window.”
But today, despite Maryland having enacted a PACE enabling law in 2014, only one PACE loan has closed in the State.
June 24, 2017
The Sierra Club released a new analysis Friday that found that transitioning all 1,400+ U.S. Conference of Mayors member-cities to 100 percent clean and renewable electricity will significantly reduce electric sector carbon pollution nationwide and help the U.S. towards meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
According to the Sierra Club analysis, if cities belonging to the U.S. Conference of Mayors were to move to 100 percent clean and renewable electricity, it would reduce electric sector carbon emissions by more than that of the five worst carbon polluting U.S. states combined. If the 100 percent energy targets were achieved by 2025, the total electric sector carbon pollution reductions would fill anywhere from 87 percent to 110 percent of the remaining reductions the U.S. would need to achieve in order to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.
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Saturday 24 June 2017 02.00 EDT
They are the mini-computers being installed in 30m UK homes and businesses in an £11bn programme that will allow the energy companies to remotely monitor our gas and electricity usage. But could smart meters also become the new spies in our homes, raising fresh fears about a surveillance society as they track our daily activities?
June 15, 2017
The world is entering an era of "base-cost renewables", when the cheapest source of incremental power generation in most countries will be ultra-cheap renewables. Does that doesn't mean policy-makers can step away and the unfettered free market will deliver the rest of the clean energy transition? Unfortunately not!
June 6, 2017
Two commercial buildings, a factory and an aerospace research facility, both consumed 40,000 kWh of energy in January 2017. However, their energy consumption patterns were very different. The factory maintained a uniform energy consumption of 1,333 kWh per day, and for no given period did their power draw exceed 56 kW.
June 13, 2017
BP, the British oil and gas giant, said global efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions and boost efficiency are having a tangible effect on global energy markets, with two main narratives playing out: the decline of coal, and the rapid rise of wind and solar power.
June 1, 2017
Mayors and governors across the United States have said they will continue to honour the Paris Agreement, even after US President Donald Trump announced Thursday he would withdraw his country from the historic climate accord.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that his municipality would “take matters into our own hands", calling the plan to pull out of the historic climate accord “a dagger aimed at the heart of New York City".
May 31, 2017
Meet Drift, the startup that’s hoping to change the way people pay for, and receive, the resource that makes modern life possible — power.
Using a combination of machine learning, predictive analytics, energy management, and high-frequency trading tools, the Seattle-based company is looking to provide its customers with lower cost power, and point the way to the future of the U.S. power grid.
May 29, 2017
Jobs in the sector of renewable energy is likely to reach 24 million by 2030 globally and become a major economic driver around the world, according to latest report published by Abu Dhabi based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The agency in its Jobs Annual Review 2017 report mentioned that employment in the renewable energy sector increased by 2.8 percent to reach 8.3 million in 2016, with India, United States, China, Japan, Brazil and Germany being the leading job markets.
The number of jobs in wind and solar power sectors has more than doubled in the last four years.
The United States has notified the other 163 members of the World Trade Organization that it is considering putting emergency "safeguard" tariffs on imported solar cells, according to a WTO filing published on Monday.
The move raises the stakes in a global battle to dominate the solar power industry, which has grown explosively in the past five years. As production has increased, prices have tumbled, favoring producers who can take advantage of economies of scale.