For years now, the US Navy has been raising alarms over the impact of continued petroleum dependency on national security, and now it looks like the oil-soaked chickens have come home to roost. According to an article last week by the Office of Naval Research, the Navy’s new laser weapons system (LaWS) makes a stem-to-stern overhaul of the way that warships deploy energy a matter of top priority. Quite simply, LaWS and other new systems … Read More
An improved form of concrete, made by utilizing a waste material of the agricultural industry — sunflower seed husks — has been created by researchers at the Namik Kemal University in Turkey. The husks are a waste product of the vegetable oil and food industry, and are produced in enormous quantities, so any potential use for them would be a big plus with regards to waste reduction. The improvements are related to fact that through … Read More
South Australia has a lot of wind power. The neighbouring state of Victoria doesn’t. Even though Victoria has just recently opened the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere, its wind capacity only supplies about 5% of its total electricity use. As a result, when winds are high and its demand is low, South Australia exports electricity to Victoria. However, sometimes the transmission lines reach the limit of their capacity causing some wind power to … Read More
A distributed power-clean energy milestone was reached late last week as leaders from government and industry joined officials from the University of Delaware and NRG energy to celebrate the first instance of electric vehicle-to-grid (EV2G) technology being used to sell electricity to the power grid. Ongoing success could well provide a critical missing link on the path to a clean, green, renewable and distributed energy infrastructure, economy, and society.
In only a couple of months, an incredible resource will be released to the public, a comprehensive list of the top 20,000 organic compounds that are useful for the creation of cheap, printable, photovoltaic cells (PVCs). The list was created as part of Harvard’s Clean Energy Project. The project makes use of IBM’s World Community Grid — which is essentially a program that makes use of the collective surplus computing power of the computers of … Read More
Amonix Inc. is no stranger to setting peak efficiency records with its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems. As a matter of fact, it just set a new record that successfully converted more than 36% of direct sunlight into electricity. This new achievement breaks the old record Amonix established in May 2012 of 34.2% peak efficiency. Amonix has been the leading designer and manufacturer of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems for quite some time. This result continues Amonix's long history of … Read More