Soft, stretchy liquid metal turns motion into power

A new liquid metal can turn motion into energy, even when completely submerged in water.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 1, 2021 ~4 min

Making the case for hydrogen in a zero-carbon economy

Analyzing California’s power system, MITEI researchers show that hydrogen-generated electricity is a cost-competitive candidate for backing up wind and solar.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Aug. 31, 2021 ~9 min

These 3 energy storage technologies can help solve the challenge of moving to 100% renewable electricity

The US is generating more electricity than ever from wind and solar power – but often it’s not needed at the time it’s produced. Advanced energy storage technologies make that power available 24/7.

Kerry Rippy, Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory • conversation
Aug. 26, 2021 ~9 min

Scientists set out immediate actions and future research priorities to help UK to reach net zero target

A new paper by leading UK scientists sets out key solutions and policy actions that should be implemented now, as well as priority research areas for the next

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 25, 2021 ~5 min

We could power households from the scraps in our food waste bins – here's what is stopping us

Biogas is often overlooked as a source of renewable energy, but it could be a solution to dealing with the 9.5 million tonnes of food waste created by the UK every year.

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee, Research Associate in Sociology, University of Surrey • conversation
Aug. 23, 2021 ~6 min

Climate change is an infrastructure problem – map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why

The infrastructure bill being debated in Congress looks like a small but genuine down payment on a more climate-friendly transportation sector and electric power grid. What comes next is crucial.

Paul N. Edwards, William J. Perry Fellow in International Security, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University • conversation
Aug. 23, 2021 ~9 min

A peculiar state of matter in layers of semiconductors

In a study that could benefit quantum computing, researchers show a superlattice embedded with nanodots may be immune from dissipating energy to the environment.

Matthew Hutson | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Aug. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Hydrogen power offers jobs boost, says government

Kick-starting a hydrogen industry could attract billions in investment, the UK government says.

Aug. 17, 2021 ~6 min

Tiny fibers in fabric could turn sun’s heat into energy

It's not clear if new carbon nanotube fibers in fabric will lead to a solar panel you can put in the washing machine, but the tech has potential.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Aug. 17, 2021 ~6 min

Hydrogen: UK government sees future in low-carbon fuel – but what's the reality?

The UK government claims hydrogen could meet one-third of the country’s energy demand by 2050.

Tom Baxter, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen • conversation
Aug. 17, 2021 ~6 min