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Making Clean Hydrogen Energy Is Hard, But Researchers Just Solved a Major Hurdle

For decades, researchers around the world have searched for ways to use solar power to generate the key reaction for producing hydrogen as a clean energy source—splitting water molecules to form hydrogen and oxygen. However, such efforts have mostly failed because doing it well was too costly, and trying to do it at a low […]

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Batteries of the Future Set to be Cheaper and Better – Thanks to Sugar

Simply by adding sugar, researchers from the Monash Energy Institute have created a longer-lasting, lighter, more sustainable rival to the lithium-ion batteries that are essential for aviation, electric vehicles, and submarines. The Monash team, assisted by CSIRO, report that using a glucose-based additive on the positive electrode they have managed to stabilize lithium-sulfur battery technology, […]

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A Slow, Significant Win for the Planet: Leaded Gas Finally Eliminated Worldwide

Leaded gas, one of our species’ great pollutants, is no longer made or used. The last country which sold leaded gasoline, Algeria, ceased to do so this month, 41 years after the first country—Japan—made the decision. It was in the early days of the automobile’s ascension that gasoline producers began to add different chemicals to […]

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Malawi Inventor Lights Up His Whole Village Basically for Free–Starting With a Bicycle and a River

“To invent,” Thomas Edison said, “you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Colrerd Nkosi had all the junk he needed—and the will to bring electricity to his small village in Malawi—and he not only accomplished his goal, but won an award from the Queen of England. Using a repurposed corn-shelling machine motor […]

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When Walked On, These Wooden Floors Harvest Enough Energy to Turn On a Lightbulb

Researchers from Switzerland are tapping into an unexpected energy source right under our feet: wooden floorings. Their nanogenerator enables wood to generate energy from our footfalls. They also improved the wood used in the their nanogenerator with a combination of a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals, resulting in a device that was 80 times more […]

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Nightclub to Use Dancers’ Body Heat to Power the Venue

One Glasgow nightclub is working to sustainably harness the energy released from its partiers on the dance floor. The pioneering system at SWG3 could save the popular nightspot up to 70 tons of CO2 per year. In the run-up to the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November, BODYHEAT turns the energy from dancing bodies […]

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Tens of Millions Now Have Power Thanks to Off-Grid Solar Systems, Much of Them Recycled and Reused

While in America off-grid solar electricity is still fairly uncommon, around the world it gives power to 420 million people. Furthermore, it’s created an entirely unlooked-for market worth more than $1 billion annually. It’s unlooked-for because—as the first and even second generations of solar panels are nearing the end of their lifecycle—renewable energy pioneers and […]

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Hydrogen is Powering the Olympic Village – Heat, Electric, and Lights That Are a Model of Japanese Innovation

The Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 left a mark on the world in the form of the Shinkansen high-speed train, a feat which this year’s repeat hosts look to match with a vision of the future of civic planning. While enduring some criticism for going through with the games during COVID-19, Tokyo has presented the […]

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Company Says its Multi-Day Storage Batteries For Renewable Energy Are the Holy Grail We’ve Been Waiting For

Unshrouded from years of secret work, an energy startup in Massachusetts is claiming that in a few years they can produce at scale “the battery you need to fully retire coal and natural gas plants.” Solving the key challenge with renewable energy—that of storage, Form Energy’s new battery technology, which they’re calling the “Holy Grail,” […]

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How Scientists are Managing to Trap the World’s Coldest Plasma in a Magnetic Bottle

Physicists have discovered a way to trap the world’s coldest plasma in a magnetic bottle, a technological achievement that could advance research into clean energy, space weather, and astrophysics. “To understand how the solar wind interacts with the Earth, or to generate clean energy from nuclear fusion, one has to understand how plasma—a soup of […]

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