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High-performance flow battery could r...

High-performance flow battery could rival lithium-ions for EVs and grid storage

A new redox flow battery designed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) more than doubles the amount of energy that this type of cell can pack in a given volume, approaching the numbers of lithium-ion batteries. If the device reaches mass production, it could find use in fast-charging transportation, portable electronics and grid storage. […]

Look Out Utility Companies: Tesla is ...

Look Out Utility Companies: Tesla is Disrupting More Than Just the Auto Industry

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, has been leading the way in innovation in the auto industry for more than a decade. The Model S made waves at this year’s International Auto Show. Last September, Tesla announced it will build the world’s largest battery factory just outside of Reno, Nevada. The company is calling it […]

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for In...

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Invention of New Light Source

Three Japanese-born scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the blue light-emitting diode, which made possible a highly efficient light source that is increasingly replacing incandescent bulbs. The prize was jointly awarded to Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamura, who is now […]

Floating solar power plant would redu...

Floating solar power plant would reduce evaporation

A solar power plant which is planned for South Australia would float on a wastewater treatment basin. Geits ANZ is proposing the venture and director Felicia Whiting thinks it would prove at least 50 per cent more efficient than a land-based solar power system. “It’s very much like a traditional solar array with the exception […]

Quantum Dot Technology Could Lead To ...

Quantum Dot Technology Could Lead To Solar Panel Windows

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Milano-Bicocca have designed and synthesized a new generation of quantum dots for use in solar energy systems that overcome previous inefficiencies in harvesting sunlight. The study has been published in the journal Nature Photonics. Quantum dots, which are nanocrystals made of semiconducting materials, appeal to […]

Goodbye, Oil: US Navy Cracks New Rene...

Goodbye, Oil: US Navy Cracks New Renewable Energy Technology To Turn Seawater Into Fuel, Allowing Ships To Stay At Sea Longer

After decades of experiments, U.S. Navy scientists believe they may have solved one of the world’s great challenges: how to turn seawater into fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel could one day relieve the military’s dependence on oil-based fuels and is being heralded as a “game changer” because it could allow military ships […]

How to vote to cut your power bills

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Super-battery hope born in Swiss labs

Super-battery hope born in Swiss labs

Uniform antimony nanocrystals – capable of storing a great quantity of both lithium and sodium ions – have been created for the first time by researchers at ETH Zurich and Empa. Such uniform nanocrystals could be of great use in the creation of potential super-high-density batteries thanks to the previously mentioned storage abilities, and a […]

Solar power booms as cranky customers...

Solar power booms as cranky customers choose change

The proportion of Australians with solar panels more than doubled in the past three years, from 7.5 per cent in March 2011 to 16 per cent – more than 3 million people – by the end of 2013. South Australia had the highest number of homes with solar, 28 per cent, followed by 22 per […]