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Hydrobee Lets You Charge A Battery From A Fast-Flowing River To Juice Up USB Devices Off-Grid.
Date: 11/22/2013
Type: News
Conventional batteries take so long to charge that they cannot efficiently store braking energy. Graphene supercapacitors store almost as much but charge in just 16 seconds.
Date: 11/18/2013
Type: News
UC Santa Cruz researchers have developed a novel device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas and could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment.
Date: 10/11/2013
Type: Article
IBM has created weather modeling software that uses data analysis and predictive models to forecast renewable power output. The software could make utilities less reliant on costly energy storage and backup power to support intermittent renewable power sources.
Date: 08/13/2013
Type: Article
The DOE released a report indicating that wind energy accounted for 43% of new electricity added to the U.S. electric grid in 2012. The wind capacity added was double what was installed in 2011.
Date: 08/06/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
High-performance thermoelectric materials that convert waste heat to electricity could one day be a source of more sustainable power. A University of Michigan researcher has taken a step toward that goal.
Date: 05/30/2013
Type: Article
Institute Faculty Umesh Mishra is featured in a Pacific Standard article discussing Mishra's work on power conversion. “When gallium-nitride technology manifests itself to its full potential, the savings could equal taking the West Coast off the grid."
Date: 05/24/2013
Type: Article
A new technology, the wind energy downdraft tower, may provide clean, renewable wind power in areas that have low or inconsistent winds. The skyscraper-sized structure has virtually no carbon footprint, fuel consumption, or waste production.
Date: 02/07/2013
Type: Article
The latest news from the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha, Qatar, where representatives from nearly 200 countries are working on a second round of pledges to reduce emissions ahead of the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration.
Date: 11/29/2012
Type: Article

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