energy

Snow-powered nanogenerator works where solar panels don't

Posted in Hardware, Science on 16th Apr, 2019
by Alex Muller

Snowy places aren't ideal for harvesting solar energy – panels can't do much if they're buried under blankets of snow, of course. Now a team from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has developed a new device that can produce electricity from snow itself.

The BIG plan to create a floating city for 10,000 people

Posted in Business, Featured, Science on 8th Apr, 2019
by Alex Muller

The first self-sustained floating community Oceanix City is designed as a human made ecosystem channeling circular flows of energy, water, food and waste

MOF-based alternative could make for safer, cleaner rocket fuel

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2019
by Alex Muller

Scientists at McGill believe their new alternative rocket fuel, based on metal-organic frameworks, will lead to cleaner, safer, more controllable rockets.

Climate change: 'Magic bullet' carbon solution takes big step

Posted in Breakthrough Stories, Science on 4th Apr, 2019
by Alex Muller

A technology that removes carbon dioxide from the air has received significant backing from major fossil fuel companies.

Solar panels of Swiss Insolight achieve efficiency of 29%

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2019
by Alex Muller

While today’s rooftop standard modules typically show an efficiency of 17-19%, Insolight’s pre-production module has been validated at an impressive 29% by IES-UPM