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ARL: Army converts heat to electricity at record high rates, breakthrough research shows

ADELPHI, MD. (Aug. 10, 2018) – U.S. Army Research Laboratory-funded research at the University of Michigan has resulted in demonstrating a new approach for more effectively converting heat into electricity. The research focused on fundamental improvements to an approach traditionally referred to as thermophotovoltaics, or TPV, and such technologies that are useful to Soldiers because […]

Stanford scientists advance new way to store wind and solar electricity on a large scale, affordably and at room temperature

A new type of flow battery that involves a liquid metal more than doubled the maximum voltage of conventional flow batteries and could lead to affordable storage of renewable power. BY MARK GOLDEN A new combination of materials developed by Stanford researchers may aid in developing a rechargeable battery able to store the large amounts […]

Yale Environment 360: Why Nuclear Power Must Be Part of the Energy Solution

In the late 16th century, when the increasing cost of firewood forced ordinary Londoners to switch reluctantly to coal, Elizabethan preachers railed against a fuel they believed to be, literally, the Devil’s excrement. Coal was black, after all, dirty, found in layers underground — down toward Hell at the center of the earth — and […]

Department of Energy Announces 10 Projects to Support Advanced Nuclear Reactor Power Plants

ARPA-E provides up to $24 million for technologies to enable lower cost, safer advanced nuclear plant designs WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $24 million in funding for 10 projects as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program: Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER). […]

Axios: A power primer for the Trump era

by Amy Harder Electricity, the thing we all use but don’t really notice, has unexpectedly become a hot topic under President Trump. Why it matters: His administration is mulling bailouts for coal and nuclear power plants in a questionable attempt to strengthen the electricity grid. Meanwhile, this winter’s cold snaps drove up New England’s power […]

CCAC: World Health Organization releases new global air pollution data

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) released today, shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an […]