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‘Radical’ Solar Breakthrough Allows Energy to Now Be Stored for Up to 18 Years, Say Scientists

A pair of Swedish scientists designed a microchip that stores solar energy in liquid, and shipped it to China where three months later it was converted into electricity. The scientists are hoping to open a Pandora’s box of solar-powered electronics and appliances—expanding solar’s use away from exclusively baseload power generation Scientists and entrepreneurs are still […]

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Methane-Eating Bacteria Converts Greenhouse Gas to Fuel (And Could Clean-up Fracking Sites)

Methanotrophic bacteria consume 30 million metric tons of methane per year and have captivated researchers for their natural ability to convert the potent greenhouse gas into usable fuel. Yet we know very little about how the complex reaction occurs, limiting our ability to use the double benefit to our advantage. By studying the enzyme the […]

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The Perfect Energy Source Is Already Here – Endless Geothermal Is Poised for a Breakout

As physicists work in the nuclear fusion sector to unlock limitless clean energy through harnessing the power of the sun, they inadvertently invented a tool that could allow geothermal plants to deliver limitless clean energy by harnessing the power of the Earth. That tool is a large millimeter-wave laser drill that will allow engineers to […]

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Old Wind Turbine Blades Used For Bridge Construction After They’re Retired

A new bridge has appeared in Ireland that’s made from decommissioned wind turbines. The so-called BladeBridge, on the Midelton to Youghall greenway in County Cork, is designed for pedestrians, cyclists, and emergency vehicles. Erected at the end of January, it is the brainchild of the Re-Wind Network, a research organisation dedicated to address the global […]

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Nuclear-Fusion Reactor in UK Smashes Energy Record in Ambitious Power Bid, ‘Really, Really Impressive’

An old nuclear fusion reactor in England recently broke its own record for highest-ever sustained energy from fusing atoms together. Providing just over 11 megawatts of energy over a five-second period using the same process as what powers our Sun, the researchers have laid a foundation for far bigger achievements in the future. The Joint […]

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Scientists Achieve Milestone in Self-Sustaining Fusion Energy, Burning Plasma in U.S. Experiments for First Time

For more than 60 years, scientists have sought to understand and control the process of fusion, a quest to harness vast amounts of energy released by the type of reactions that power the sun and stars. New experiments in the U.S. have now achieved a burning plasma state, helping steer fusion research closer than it […]

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South Australia Smashes Renewable Record Using 100% Solar And Wind For Full Week

South Australia spent the last week of December generating 100% of its power demand from wind and solar. This isn’t unheard of for the sunny southern state in the Land Down Under, but rather the first time it’s happened for so many days in a row. Wind turbines supplied 64.4% of power, while rooftop PV […]

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These Seaweed-Inspired Generators Create Underwater Wave Power

A prototype renewable energy device modeled after seaweed generates kinetic energy while it gently lolls about under the waves. While only a proven concept, at a large enough scale the small filaments could provide energy to power major electrical appliances in coastal habitations such as floating buoys, coastal power stations, submerged devices, water monitoring equipment, […]

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Here’s how to solve the UK energy crisis for the long term – store more power

Soaring energy bills rooted in a global gas supply crunch have focused minds on the age-old problem: how can we better store power? Attention has turned to the closure of the Rough gas storage facility in the North Sea in…

Finally, a Fusion Reaction Has Generated More Energy Than Absorbed By The Fuel

Researchers at a lab owned by the U.S. government have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. On Aug. 8, 2021, an experiment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) made a significant step toward ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules. Researchers said this […]

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