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Transforming electric cars into battery hubs to store energy

Electric cars could be used as battery hubs in order to store renewable energy. This concept, being considered for the U.K., is about capturing and utilizing some of the excess energy produced from electric vehicles.

Essential science: Google is running cold fusion experiments

Researchers working at Google (together with academic institutions) are investigating the so-called “cold case” of cold fusion. This is for an energy source and for other areas, which could also benefit other areas of science and technology.

French startup raises €9m for next-gen fast-charging batteries

As technology develops in ever-more interesting ways the one limitation that limits the experience is the relatively short battery life. For this reason, many companies are racing to developing better batteries. One such example is NAWA Technologies.

PG&E fails to reach deal with other firms over power contracts

PG&E’s bankruptcy process arose as the company faces tens of billions of dollars in potential liability relating to wildfires in California. The company also owes billions in contract payments, and attempts to settle these out of court have floundered.

Graphene sponge aids development of new lithium sulphur batteries

The path towards an electric future is hampered by the ability of batteries to provide sufficient power over a sufficiently long period of time. Globally considerable research is going into methods to improve battery power, including the use of graphene.

New device uses nano-tech to create electricity from snowfall

Researchers have devised a nanogenerator that can use snowfall to generate electricity, thereby providing an alternative form of power for a new generation of wearables. In addition the device can function as a weather station.

Q&A: Creating ‘smart’ microbial bionsensors Special

New research shows that protein-based biosensors can detect the presence of a desired enzyme target and respond by physically lighting up, and enabling researchers to immediately identify cells with increased overall enzyme yield.

Digital transformation trends within the utilities sector

Expanding data analytics capabilities are enabling utilities companies to make use of archived and real-time data so that supply systems can be made more reliable, affordable and clean. We look at three innovations in the utilities space.

Kamnan Style: Thai 'godfathers' resurgent as junta scrambles for seats

Chonburi - Itthipol Khunpleum grabs the mic, bounds onto the stage and flashes a winning smile as he works the crowd gathered for a final rally: "Chonburi... show me your hands!" he says to wild applause.But he need not have bothered.

New solutions proposed for renewable energy scaleup

A new energy assessment has outlined how innovation in the energy sector can pave the way for next stage of global energy transformation, focusing on delivering renewable solutions and meeting future demand.

CES to debut ultrasonic wireless power

Las Vegas - An ultrasonic wireless power technology is to be showcased at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which takes place in Las Vegas. The technology will be presented by the startup company uBeam.

Saudi Arabia creates tech-led energy hub

Saudi Arabia is in the process of developing an energy hub with green technology in mind. Called the King Salman Energy Park, the hub will focus on exploration, production, refining, petrochemicals, conventional power, water production and treatment.

New technology to generate energy from windows

Is it possible to generate energy from the windows found in office blocks and homes? The answer appears to be use, drawing on the enhanced power factor found with transparent thermoelectric nanowire materials.

Thailand's 'King Power' duty free empire faces unknown after Vichai's death

Bangkok - The sudden death of billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha strips his King Power duty-free brand of its streetwise and connected frontman, challenging his heirs to secure the future of a monopoly that has become one of Thailand's most lucrative businesse...

New quadcopter flies for 2 hours on batteries

A drone startup has devised a new quadcopter which can fly for 2 hours through the use of battery cells. The re-charge time for the drone is a little under one hour, making the drone useful for frequent use.

Could smart devices use their owners as an energy source?

Smart devices could soon tap their owners as a battery source according to proof-of-concept research from a British university.

Nuclear energy may see role wane, UN agency says

Vienna - The UN's nuclear agency on Monday said global capacity for electricity generation through nuclear power may be shrinking over the coming decades.

Op-Ed: World's super-rich grow by 7 percent

The global economy may only now be showing signs of waking from it post 2008 slumber, but The number of people classed as 'super-rich' continues to grow.

Step towards creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery

Chemists have reported on an important breakthrough on the path towards creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery. This is a challenging issue with energy technology.

Canada’s small nuclear reactors ready for demo

Nuclear reactors are getting smaller, as well as more efficient, and a new type of reactor is shortly to be demonstrated in Canada. This is a type of ‘small modular reactor’, and potential sites have been selected.

New organic battery can operate for decades

Scientists have experimented with a new organic molecule that has an ability to ‘renew’ and this can be the basis of a new type of organic flow battery which has the potential to last for several decades.

U.K. goes 1000 hours without using coal

The U.K. has gone beyond 1,000 hours without using coal. This is a further sign of a reduction with fossil fuel use as well as signal of Britain's green energy shift accelerating.

Bacteria-powered solar cell works under dark skies

In advancing energy capture, scientists have developed a bacteria-powered solar cell that can convert light to energy, even when operating under overcast skies.

Essential Science: Self-assembly battery charges in seconds

Imagine a battery that has the potential for super-fast charging. Here we’re talking about a matter of seconds. This type of technology to propel mobile devices forwards considerably and address the main frustration: battery power.

How utility companies should approach digital transformation

Digital transformation proceeds at different rates across different industrial sectors. One area lagging behind are utility firms, especially with digitalization, customer engagement and advanced analytics. According to Bain, this needs to change.

New advance in solar cell technology

Okinawa - Japanese researchers have developed a new all-inorganic perovskite solar cell. The cell addresses three three important challenges in solar cell technology: efficiency, stability, and cost.

Smart sensor predicts power outages

Akron - Power downtime is disruptive to businesses and consumers. Imagine if there was a smart sensor that could predict when a power outage was about to occur, giving time to deactivate sensitive equipment or to start up emergency generators?

Unlocking benefits from Ultra Fast Carbon Batteries: Interview Special

French company NAWA Technologies have developed a new ultra capacitor, the Ultra Fast Carbon Battery. These batteries have the potential to make in-roads into everything we touch from cars, to smartphone cases to the electricity grid.

New battery built for extreme cold

Batteries are required for an increasing number of mobile appliances, from consumer to industrial. Batteries are affected by environmental conditions, such as extremes of weather. A new invention addresses extreme cold.

New way to generate energy from temperature changes

Boston - A new system, based on graphene, can draw power from daily temperature swings. The technology can harness temperature fluctuations of many kinds in order to produce electricity.
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