New Graphene-Based Battery Takes Only Minutes to Charge

Battelle Memorial Institute has licensed the use of its Vor-X® graphene-based battery technology to Vorbeck Materials Corp. of Jessup, Md for use in electic vehicles, consumer electronics and medical devices. With this new tech, battery charge time could be potentially reduced to a mere fraction of what it is now. Continue reading New Graphene-Based Battery Takes Only Minutes to Charge

Ionic Liquid Processing Effectively Works With Mixed Biofuel Feedstocks

Scientists from Joint BioEnergy Institute, a research center led by Lawrence Berkeley Lab, have shown that ionic liquid can be used not only for treatment of individual biofuel feedstocks, but for multiple different feedstocks mixed into a blend as well. Continue reading Ionic Liquid Processing Effectively Works With Mixed Biofuel Feedstocks

An Alliance: 600 German Scientists Will Study Wind Energy

A new research association was formed yesterday at Berlin. Its mission: to coordinate the combined effort of more than 600 scientists from three major organizations toward a common goal of creating new and more efficient technologies for wind power plants. Researchers from the German Aerospace Center, the Center for Wind Energy Research of the universities of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology will look into possible ways to optimize wind turbines, particularly into smart rotor blades design. Continue reading An Alliance: 600 German Scientists Will Study Wind Energy

Lightweight and Safe Electric Car Under Development in Germany

German scientists and engineers are working on a project to create an electric car that would be at the same time lightweight and safe. While keeping the mass of a vehicle to minimum, researchers aim to provide the driver with the best possible level of protection. Visionary Mobility (Visio.M) concept car prototype can already pass some of the initial driving and chassis tests. Continue reading Lightweight and Safe Electric Car Under Development in Germany

EIA Released China Coal Consumption Figures: Almost as Much as the Rest of the World

According to the new release by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, China nowadays consumes almost as much coal as all other countries combined. Despite China being the world largest investor in renewable energy technologies ($52 billion invested in 2011 alone), Chinese economy is still, in essence, coal-powered. Continue reading EIA Released China Coal Consumption Figures: Almost as Much as the Rest of the World

Shell and Kinder Morgan Aim to Export LNG from US

Shell US Gas & Power, a subsidiarity of Royal Dutch Shell along with Southern Liquefaction Company, a Kinder Morgan affiliate and a unit of El Paso Pipeline Partners have announced yesterday, that they are planning to develop a natural gas liquefaction plant at El Paso’s existing Elba Island LNG Terminal near Savannah, Georgia. EPB’s Elba Express Pipeline and Elba Island LNG Terminal are to be modified to physically transport natural gas to the terminal and to load the liquefied natural gas (LNG) onto ships for export. Continue reading Shell and Kinder Morgan Aim to Export LNG from US

UK Government to Fund Energy Efficient Improvements for Private Homes

UK Government has announced today the start of its £125 million ($196 million) program, aimed at giving british homeowners an incentive to make some energy saving improvements. Under the terms of the Green Deal initiative, participants should be able to reduce their energy bills and even get some of the invested money back through a special “cashback” scheme. With buildings in Britain being among the least efficient in the world, the Green Deal is expected to save up to £270 ($423) per year (for a typical three bedroom house). Continue reading UK Government to Fund Energy Efficient Improvements for Private Homes