Huge 'battery warehouses' could be the energy stores of the future

A planned battery project in Essex will be ten times larger than the UK's current biggest battery.

Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology, University of Southampton • conversation
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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Power-free system harnesses evaporation to keep items cool

Inspired by camel fur, a new two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Hydrogen: where is low-carbon fuel most useful for decarbonisation?

Hydrogen is feted as the key to a dynamic green economy. But is it the best choice for decarbonisation in all cases?

Valeska Ting, Professor of Smart Nanomaterials, University of Bristol • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~17 min

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The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry

Don't count nuclear energy out – it may be our best hope of reaching net-zero emissions within the time we have left.

Michael Rushton, Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Energy, Bangor University • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Designing batteries for easier recycling could avert a looming e-waste crisis

Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.

Darren H. S. Tan, PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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Clever chemistry turns ordinary bricks into electricity storage devices

Bricks turn out to be useful for storing electricity thanks to their porousness and red pigment.

Julio M. D'Arcy, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Washington University in St Louis • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~5 min

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