Living in a Time of Breakthrough Energy Tech

I recently did another interview with Time Monk Radio Network.  “Living in a Time of Breakthrough Energy Tech — The Plane Truth” I would recommend skipping the first 20 minutes where I talk about water technologies, but we have a good conversation about what is happening in the world of energy and its impacts on …

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New Class of Swelling Magnets


Shedding new light on 175-year-old principle: New class of swelling magnets have the potential to energize the world This transformative breakthrough has the potential to not only displace existing technologies but create altogether new applications due to the unusual combination of magnetic properties. “Our findings fundamentally change the way we think about a certain type …

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Thermo-Electric Behavior by ‘Tinkertoy’ Materials

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Sandia National Laboratories researchers have made the first measurements of thermo-electric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF), a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for such applications as cooling computer chips and cameras and energy harvesting. “These results introduce MOFs as a new class of thermoelectric materials that can …

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Kitchen Table Regulates Apartment Temperature


  Consisting simply of a surface and legs, the kitchen table is one piece of furniture that has remained largely the same for thousands of years. French design duo has come up with a way to turn the humble table into a means of climate control that doesn’t use any electricity. It is really an old …

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Toyota Fuel Cell Research Advances

According to Toyota an R&D breakthrough sets stage for more efficient, durable fuel cell. A breakthrough in the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation could lead to a new generation of more efficient and durable fuel cell stacks. Toyota Motor Corporation and Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC) have developed a new observation technique that allows …

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Amid fierce competition Chinese PhD student Sheng Yuan from the University of Liverpool in the UK is revealed as the winner of CWIEME Challenge, a new initiative designed to find and reward the most promising electrical engineers of tomorrow.

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NREL Supports China Solar PV Investment

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the China PV Investment and Finance Alliance (CPVFA) have formed a collaboration with the goal of opening wide-scale and diverse sources of investment for solar photovoltaic (PV) asset development in China. NREL is advising CPVFA based on the work of the NREL-convened Solar Access to Public …

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The GenoGen eG: Look familar?

From Germany we have another “Buoyancy Generator” promoted last year. Have fun with this Lift power plant: the turbo for the energy transition? Lift power plant G100 the GenoGen eG in 40-foot containers The principle of Auftriebskraftwerkesist relatively simple: a buoyant power plant is basically a pumping station , as is known from the mining industry …

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Scientists discover how microbes acquire electricity in making methane

Biofuels are an important energy mix we will need in the future. The advantage is it closes the carbon cycle by using carbon from the atmosphere. New findings by Stanford engineering Professor Alfred Spormann and colleagues could pave the way for microbial “factories” that produce renewable biofuels and chemicals. The following story is by Mark …

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Rosch, smoking guns, no deliveries and update

I just thought a few updates were in order so I can conclude this topic. 1. No deliveries in near future From the Gaia web site link: (translated by Google form German) “Therefore take this chance and be actively involved now. The perfect choice for power plant, because we can only really get going if we …

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The Renewable Energy Revolution in China

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Last year saw a major milestone in China being reached where thermal powered (coal fired etc) electricity declined rather than increased. Overall power generation increased and was largely taken up by renewables.   With further measures being introduced to reduce coal fired power plants, and increased investment in renewable energy, further declines could be expected. …

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Sodium-ion Battery

It seems every week a new battery technology emerges.  The Sodium-ion Battery from Faradion offers a very low cost solution, possibly a third of the price of Lithium-ion batteries without the safety concerns. The downside at this stage is the degrading after 100 charge cycles is still to high. Faradion’s batteries are based on sodium-ion …

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