Energy

Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Concentrator That Could Cover Windows, Electronics

This technology could mean that one day entire skyscrapers might be able to generate solar power without blocking out light or ruining tenants' views. The material works by absorbing light in the invisible spectrum (ultraviolet and near infrared) and then re-emitting it in the infrared.

U.S. Invests $67 Million to Advanced Nuclear Technology

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

New Report on Wind Energy Shows Cost Reductions, Innovation

Overall, wind turbine innovation increasingly makes wind energy development across the country a winning proposition. Wind turbine costs and the price for wind energy continues to drop. That’s good news for the south, where wind energy is beginning to make inroads in Alabama, ArkansasGeorgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Innovation, technology can keep electricity humming

The reality is the use of coal to produce electricity has nearly doubled in America since 1970 as our economy (GDP) as more than doubled. During that same period, key emissions per kilowatt hour have decreased by 90 percent.

U.S. energy agency jumps into fusion funding

Creating a fusion reaction that can produce energy requires taking an ionized gas, or plasma, and heating it, compressing it, or both until it reaches hundreds of millions of degrees -- much hotter than the core of the sun. Different types of reactors take different approaches: Tokamaks aim for low plasma densities but long confinement time; laser fusion opts for extremely high density but only for billionths of a second.

DOE to fund $55 million in vehicle efficiency, electric vehicle projects

Nineteen of the projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce plug-in electric vehicle prices to the level of combustion vehicles by 2022.

A US-China 10-year Apollo-like Goal on Climate Change

A China U.S. Apollo-like goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 400 ppm to 350 ppm could be the most efficient way to address one of the principal underlying factors of environmental security, as well as building trust between two of the leading world powers. “Focusing on environmental security is the mostly likely way to build strategic trust between the militaries of the U.S. and China,” says Elizabeth Florescu, Director of Research for the Millennium Project, “and hence, an important strategy for building peace."

China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S Ever Has

According to new numbers released by the Chinese government, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year ending June 30, marking a 100% increase over the same period last year. That brings China’s solar supply to 23 gigawatts,13 shy of the country’s goal of installing 35 by the end of 2015.

DOE to give $18 million for geothermal projects

The projects center around analysis and mapping of geothermal resources and improving extraction of minerals in geothermal systems.

8 automakers, 15 utilities team up to develop smart grid tech

“As electric vehicles become more prevalent in the marketplace, it will present some unique challenges and opportunities for utilities who manage the flow of the electric grid,” Dan Bowermaster, electric transportation manager with EPRI, said in a statement released by General Motors Co. (GM), one of the automakers involved in the program.

Bill Gates: 'We need energy miracles' yet US invests paltry 2% of R&D budget in energy

The demand for clean energy innovation is rising, but R&D hasn't grown to meet the challenge. Bill Gates recently called for a massive increase in energy research.

US, European Energy Companies Under Attack By Russian Hackers

On Monday, Symantec Corp. reported that a group of Russian hackers – known as “Energetic Bear,” as well as “Dragonfly” – is now attacking energy companies in the United States and Europe. The group is reportedly capable of disrupting power supplies, the cyber-security researchers warned.

The Most Coveted Employers For Engineering Students

While the rallying cry for STEM talent spans employers, data shows that engineers’ employment preferences skew towards more traditional manufacturing and extractive fields, with “engineering and manufacturing” ranked most preferred by nearly 70% of respondents, followed distantly by “energy,” and “aerospace and defense.”

10 Breakthrough Innovations That Will Shape The World In 2025

What world-changing scientific discoveries might we see by 2025? Will we have more energy technologies that move us away from fossil fuels? Will there be cures for cancer and other diseases? How will we get around and communicate?

U.S. slipping in nuclear energy innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy risks missing a deadline for a prototype “advanced reactor” while China, Russia make progress, the Government Accountability Office says.

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