How buildings can cut 80% of their carbon emissions by 2050
A new model suggests that reaching this target will require the installation of highly energy-efficient building technologies, new operational approaches, and electrification of building systems that consume fossil fuels directly, alongside increases in the share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
15 Aug 2019 ⋅ Joule
Growth of wind energy points to future challenges, promise
Wind energy continues to capture larger shares of the electricity market; larger turbines and better maintenance are on the horizon.
13 Aug 2019 ⋅ Applied Physics Reviews
Supercapacitors turbocharged by laxatives
An international team of scientists has worked out a way to improve energy storage devices called supercapacitors, by designing a new class of detergents chemically related to laxatives.
12 Aug 2019 ⋅ Nature Materials
How much energy storage costs must fall to reach renewable energy’s full potential
MIT researchers quantify cost targets for storage technologies to enable solar and wind energy with storage to reach competitiveness with other on-demand energy sources.
7 Aug 2019 ⋅ Joule
In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings in metropolitan areas
Engineers report advancements in radiative cooling in a new study in Nature Sustainability
5 Aug 2019 ⋅ Nature Sustainability
Simulation technique can predict microstructures of alloy materials used in jet engines – before they are made
The findings have the potential to greatly advance the design of materials - made up of a range of different alloys - that are used to make products in several different industry sectors.
1 Aug 2019 ⋅ Nature Communications
High-performance flow batteries offer path to grid-level renewable energy storage
The new innovation outlines two aqueous flow batteries, also known as redox flow batteries, which use chromium and organic binding agents to achieve exceptional voltage and high efficiencies.
25 Jul 2019 ⋅ Joule
Picturing access to energy for all in sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the largest electricity access deficit in the world.
3 Jul 2019 ⋅ Scientific Data
More energy needed to cope with climate change
The largest changes in demand are due to electricity needed for cooling, and occur in the industry and service sectors of the economy.
24 Jun 2019 ⋅ Nature Communications
Magnetism: An unexpected push for the hydrogen economy
For the first time, scientists have applied a magnetic field that directly enhanced the production of hydrogen via water splitting.
10 Jun 2019 ⋅ Nature Energy