A cheap, aboundabt photocatalyst for hydrogen production discovered

Cheap, Abundant, Low-Toxic Photocatalyst Discovered

A research group at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) led by the principal researcher Hideki Abe and the senior researcher Naoto Umezawa at the NIMS’s Environmental Remediation Materials Unit discovered a new photocatalyst, Sn3O4, that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen from water. »

Quantum dot LSC devices under ultraviolet illumination.

Quantum Dots Could Be Used to Make Efficient Solar Windows

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. »

A test of a Makani airborne wind energy design.

Airborne Wind Turbines Have Significant Potential, Study Finds

Airborne wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware. »

A levitating magnet floats above a superconducting surface.

Scientists Gain Insight Into High-Temperature Superconductivity

In a new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have identified and solved at least one paradox in the behavior of high-temperature superconductors. The riddle involves a phenomenon called the “pseudogap,” a region of energy levels in which relatively few electrons are allowed to exist. »

A thermoelectric generator developed as a wristband. The generator can be easily curved along with the shape of human body.

Flexible Thermoelectric Generator Turns Body Heat Into Electricity

A team of researches at KAIST University, Korea, has developed a glass fabric-based flexible thermoelectric generator that is extremely light and produces electricity from the heat of the human body. »

A new UA study to determine what motivates people to install solar panels at home

Study to Determine ‘How Solar Users Think’

Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining insight into what truly motivates them to go green. »

Smaller electrical grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages

Right-Sizing U.S. Electrical Grid Could Reduce Blackout Risk

David Newman, a physicist at the University of Alaska, believes that smaller grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages, such as the 2003 Northeast blackout that cut power to 50 million people in the United States and Canada for up to two days. »

On a co-located solar farm, runoff from water used to clean photovoltaic panels would nourish agave or other biofuel crops. The plants would in turn provide ground cover, helping prevent dust buildup that decreases solar panel efficiency.

Scientists Suggest Planting Biofuel Crops on Solar Farms

A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” biofuel crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable plants along with solar energy. »

Molecules in face-on orientation inside organic solar cell.

Organic Solar Cell Benefit From Face-On Alignment of Molecules

New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor. This finding may aid in the design and manufacture of more efficient and economically viable organic solar cell technology. »

A plaque at the ITER Headquarters

Video Explains ITER Project in Under 6 Minutes

A new video on fusion produced for the Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days (MIIFED) conference explains the ITER project in under 6 minutes. »

Driving with all windows down decreases fuel economy by 1-8%

Study Looks at Fuel Economy Costs of Common Practices

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have tested a sport utility vehicle and a compact sedan with various configurations, including underinflated tires, open windows, and rooftop and hitch-mounted cargo. »

A ‘green’ alternative to batteries that could power electronic devices is one step closer thanks to multilayered polymer cantilevers that can turn mechanical vibrations into electricity.

Flexible Plastics Turn Vibrations Into Electrical Energy

Kui Yao and co-workers from the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore have discovered a way to give lightweight polymer vibration harvesters a hundredfold boost in energy output—a finding that may help to eliminate manual battery recharging in microsensors and mobile devices. »

Germany’s RWE is the first European supplier to commence gas deliveries to the Ukraine in 2014

RWE to Supply Natural Gas to Naftogaz of Ukraine

Germany’s RWE began deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday as a diplomatic crisis between Kyiv and Moscow raises the risk of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine. »

А 1.3-liter (left) and a 1.0-liter (right) Toyota gasoline engine

Toyota Says Its New Gasoline Engines Will Be 10% More Efficient

Toyota Motor Corporation aims to increase the environmental performance of its vehicles with a series of newly-developed fuel-efficient gasoline engines. »

Comparison of energy consumption for freight rail using diesel and LNG, 2015-2040

EIA: LNG Shows Potential as Railroad Fuel

EIA projects that liquefied natural gas (LNG) will play an increasing role in powering freight locomotives in coming years. »

BMW Concept X5 eDrive

BMW Unveils Concept X5 eDrive

BMW is using the New York International Auto Show 2014 to present the BMW Concept X5 eDrive—a company’s next step in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in the SAV segment. »

Fly wheels, such as the NASA G2 flywheel module above, are one way to store rotational energy for use by spacecraft or machines on Earth.

NASA Wants to Replace Battery Technology With Something Better

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program. »

U.S. power plant capacity additions in 2013

Natural Gas, Solar Account for Most of New Generating Capacity in U.S. in 2013

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California. In total, a little over 13,500 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity was added in 2013, less than half the capacity added in 2012. »

Fuel cell-based micro CHP units will be tested in 1,000 private homes in the EU.

EU Project to Test Fuel Cells in Private Homes

Over the next four years, fuel cell-based micro CHP (Close Packed Hexagonal) units will be tested in 1,000 private homes as part of the EU project Ene.field. »