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FUTUREWATCH: Solar Roadways

FUTUREWATCH: Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways is a grassroots company that is a stellar example of a powerful new approach to business. Their business model is a perfect marriage between innovative technology and innovative finance. Solar Roadways are spearheading a new reality that levels the playing field and gives us reason to believe that we will find a way to meet our energy needs without fossil fuels. Solar power was discovered over 170


FUTUREWATCH: Solar Powered Robotic Bees

Hey, remember those robotic bees that were going to save our species from extinction – or at least, from greatly reduced produce options? Okay, so it’s not quite a reality yet – but that hasn’t stopped Greenpeace from imagining what our world would look like if and when we actually need a robotic insect to keep the


Why the White House Loves Solar Power

Even with a 60% drop in the price of solar panels since 2011, the deployment of solar energynationally has needed a boost to compete with heavily subsidized fossil fuels. The federal government is one of the sectors that has pushed for a solar America and is poised to meet the goals set forth by the current


Gold Coating: Reducing Solar Glare

A new work by UC Irvine scientists could reduce glare from solar panels and electronic displays and dull dangerous glints on military weapons. “We found that a very simple process and a tiny bit of gold can turn a transparent film black,” said UC Irvine chemistry professor Robert Corn, whose group has created a patterned polymer material


The Thinnest LED EVER

University of Washington scientists have built the thinnest LED ever. It can be used as a source of light energy in electronics. The LED is based off of two-dimensional, flexible semiconductors, making it possible to stack or use in much smaller and more diverse applications than current technology allows. “We are able to make the thinnest-possible LEDs,


Lightweight Lithium Batteries through Nanotechnology

Zhaolin Liu from the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, in collaboration with Aishui Yu and co-workers from Fudan University in China, has developed a carbon nanotube electrode that can alleviate recharging problems in lithium-oxygen batteries, thanks to a support made from three-dimensional nickel foam. Lithium-oxygen batteries are innovative devices that generate power


Solar Fuel Cell Converts Biomass to Electricity

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use


How Students Are Powering The Future

Every day, I wake up to the buzz of my (energy-powered) smart phone, still benumbed from a good night’s sleep and slightly reluctant to make my way through the electric mist of yet another morning. I know that the guilty pleasure of switching back again to the “on” mode awaits me and with it, the


7 Ways Solar is Killing It

Things are looking up for the solar energy industry. Its growth has skyrocketed over the past few years and is projected to endure. If current trends continue, solar will account for 10% of American electricity by 2022. A diverse array of stakeholders is largely affected by this booming industry, from veterans to homeowners to that


Will Technology Get Us Environmental Science Answers?

Everyone is towards being the leader on everything. Talk about globalization, every country wants to take the lead and become the leading country. Because of this, workforce and industrialization are set on fire with no reasons to hold back, and with no slight regret if there are other concerns being detoured. And by that concern,


FreeGreenius: An App for Finding Renewable Energy Locations

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has released a free version of the simulation program FreeGreenius. The program brings together technical and commercial aspects and is able to calculate the yield that a renewable power plant project will bring at a certain location. In addition, FreeGreenius determines how a system must be


Sugar to Power Future Electronic Gadgets?

Some sweet engineers at Virginia Tech have developed a high-energy battery that runs on all natural sugar, and it could be sweetly powering your smartphone in three years. Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech released his findings on sugar batteries this week. Using sugar to power a battery


15.6% Efficient Graphene PV Device Developed

Earlier this week  Spanish scientists at the Universitat Jaume I in Castelló’s Group of Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices (DFO) and the University of Oxford published research in the journal Nano Letters showing that they are able to create a graphene and perovskite photovoltaic (PV) device that converts 15.6 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity. While the