By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of atoms act like a solid 3D material.
A team of scientists from Imperial College London have proposed a laser model that can could heat materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the Sun in just 20 quadrillionths of a second. That’s 10 million degrees Celsius almost instantaneously.
A home battery that is cheap, durable, safe and as big as you like that could store solar or wind power is closer to reality. Harvard University researchers report that they have tested a “flow battery” that uses cheap and abundant chemical elements, can be operated with plastic components, will not catch fire and can operate at 99 percent efficiency.
The Wave Solar is a home energy generator that makes electrical power, heat, hot water and air conditioning from a solar thermal panel. The system is backed up by natural gas or propane for cloudy days or if the power goes out at night.
Wave Solar is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase. The Inventor Showcase will take place October 10-11, 2015 at the NoCo Maker Faire. You will have a chance to take a look at the Wave Solar and many other amazing inventions.
According to Florida State University (Tallahassee) a new formulation for light-emitting-diodes (LEDs) could make lighting systems using the as cheap as incandescent bulbs, . FSU has come up with an inexpensive single layer combo-organic/inorganic material formulation that can glow red, green or blue (or all three together for white LEDs).
Plants are the original solar power generators, turning the sun’s rays into energy through the process we all learned about in biology class: photosynthesis. So, when we think of solar power, we should be thinking about plants instead of solar panels.
With the help of Google Maps, there is a new service called Project Sunroof that aims to provide a “treasure map” of solar energy. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels.
A University of Texas at Dallas research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length and whose electrical conductivity increases 200-fold when stretched.
On July 9th, Denmark’s wind farms produced 116% of national electricity demands, and according to The Guardian, that figure had risen to 140% by the next morning, allowing the country to export power to Norway, German, and Sweden. Continue reading… “Wind energy output in Denmark just exceeded national demand”
This week Kenya set in motion the construction of Africa’s biggest wind power farm, near Laisamis, 550km north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Continue reading… “Kenya to generate a fifth of its power with Africa’s biggest wind energy farm”
Trillions of dollars will be invested in renewable energy over the next 25 years. This will drive some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets to 2040.
Futurist Thomas Frey: Having just returned from a trip to Alaska, it occurred to me that most of the 660,000 sq miles of this beautiful state will never be habitable until a more complete off-grid solution is found. In Alaska, they’ve already figured out how to turn every one of their 3 million lakes into a landing strip, so transportation is far less of an issue than power, heat, lights, water, and communications.