Climate change: You've got cheap data, how about cheap power too?

The iPhone transformed mobile phones in just 10 years. Could green energy see a similar revolution?

bbcnews
today ~11 min

Tags: climate-change wind-power renewable-energy renewable-energy-in-the-uk

'Decarbonisation' may be the wrong goal for energy – here's why

Low-carbon energy sources aren't all equally well-suited to getting us to net-zero emissions.

Andrew Crossland, Associate Fellow, Durham Energy Institute, Durham University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity fossil-fuels decarbonisation renewable-energy energy-transition nuclear-power greenhouse-gas-emissions national-grid electrical-grid

Yogesh Surendranath wants to decarbonize our energy systems

By developing novel electrochemical reactions, he hopes to find new ways to generate energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry profile research renewable-energy school-of-science faculty mit-energy-initiative

Norway's Supreme Court set to rule on whether the country can keep searching for new Arctic oil

Landmark case highlights the conflict between immediate climate action and a gradual transition to renewables.

Suryapratim Roy, Assistant Professor of Regulatory Law, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change environmental-law norway energy-policy sustainable-development

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

Tags: chemistry electronics recycling materials-science electric-vehicles renewable-energy toxic-waste batteries energy-storage municipal-solid-waste e-waste green-design lithium-batteries

A controllable membrane to pull carbon dioxide out of exhaust streams

Electrically switchable system could continuously separate gases without the need for moving parts or wasted space.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy environment carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative-mitei chemical-engineering

Superconductor technology for smaller, sooner fusion

MIT-Commonwealth Fusion Systems demonstration of new superconducting cable is a key step on the high-field path to compact fusion.

Leda Zimmerman | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: energy industry superconductors research renewable-energy school-of-engineering global faculty collaboration nuclear-science-and-engineering magnets alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion cern

Easy-to-make, ultra-low power electronics could charge out of thin air

Researchers have developed a new approach to printed electronics which allows ultra-low power electronic devices that could recharge from ambient light or

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: engineering advanced-materials internet-of-things energy materials carbon

Onshore wind farm restrictions continue to stifle Britain's renewable energy potential

Despite Boris Johnson's newfound enthusiasm for offshore wind farms, the UK risks going backwards on wind power capacity.

Rebecca Windemer, Postdoctoral Fellow in Planning and Energy, Cardiff University • conversation
Oct. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: boris-johnson renewable-energy wind-energy wind-farms conservative-party nimbyism onshore-wind

Remembering Mario Molina, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who pushed Mexico on clean energy -- and, recently, face masks

Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.

Elena Delavega, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Memphis • conversation
Oct. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  nobel-prize  climate-change  fossil-fuels  atmospheric-science  face-masks  wind-energy  green-jobs  mexico  ozone-layer  clean-energy  nobel-prize-in-chemistry  montreal-protocol  clean-air

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