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Experimental battery uses bacteria to charge and recharge

Experimental battery uses bacteria to charge and recharge A group of researchers from The Netherlands has devised a new biological battery that charges and discharges with the aid of bacteria.They’ve tested this system on the small scale and managed 15 charge cycles in a row.

Surfing solar ocean platforms could one day power your home

Surfing solar ocean platforms could one day power your home Where are we going to put our solar farms?One big reason that solar has to sit on big seas platforms — oceanic wind farms, in which single pillars support single turbines, are much more easily secured.

New solar project to provide less expensive power than coal, but will it last?

New solar project to provide less expensive power than coal, but will it last? Dubai has announced a new upcoming solar project that should deliver less expensive power than a recently approved coal-fired power plant in the area — a third less expensive.It’s part of a recent spat of price-beating going on in the industry, as companies and nations seem bent on maintaining the title of the world’s cheapest source of solar power.

New form of carbon capture actually creates power, rather than consuming it

New form of carbon capture actually creates power, rather than consuming it A new form of carbon capture could solve one of the major problems facing the most efficient versions of the technology: energy.This new electrochemical cell, on the other hand, produces industrially useful oxalates that could be sold to chemicals companies and manufacturing companies.

Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives?

Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives? There are lithium-air batteries, aluminum-graphite batteries, and even bacterial batteries.Most battery technologies fade away before they reach the point any of us will benefit from them.

Space invasion: Solar storms pose critical threat to internet, US infrastructure

Space invasion: Solar storms pose critical threat to internet, US infrastructure Even moderate geomagnetic storms cause significant damage or accelerate failures in equipment.During solar storms on April 3-5 1994, major transformers failed in Illinois at the Zion Nuclear plant as well as facilities in Braidwood and at the Powerton coal plant.

We still don’t have energy-positive fusion yet, but MIT just got close

We still don’t have energy-positive fusion yet, but MIT just got close Now the 23-year-old fusion reactor has shut down for good — but not before the C-Mod team went for it one last time.The team presented their results at the IAEA’s Fusion Energy Conference in Kyoto yesterday (October 17th), and they aren’t necessarily scrapping the equipment.

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day British energy supplier Ovo Energy decided to pull together all the available data on the Death Star and estimate how much it would cost to power.To be accurate, this analysis is not estimating what it would cost the Galactic Empire of Star Wars to power the Death Star.