Energy

  • Extreme weather can disrupt energy supply

    We need more storage and grid improvements.

    Future climate variation could produce a gap of up to 34% between renewable energy potential and demand without conce...

    Energy February 17, 2020
  • Profile

    How Westinghouse lit up the world

    Success flowed from the epic Current War.

    “Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cut...

    Energy November 10, 2019
  • Light-loving polymer acts like a sunflower

    New smart material could be a game-changer for solar energy.

    Many living things exhibit phototropism – the ability to track a light source and align to it. The best-known example...

    Energy November 4, 2019
  • Charge a car in just 10 minutes?

    It’s possible say the engineers behind a new lithium battery.

    US mechanical engineers say they have developed a lithium ion battery that can be charged sufficiently in 10 minutes ...

    Energy October 30, 2019
  • Clean energy technology learning from nature

    Innovators observing how plants, animals and even mud behave.

    When we think about renewable energy, we think of rolling fields with windmills or industrial rooftops covered in sil...

    Energy September 23, 2019
  • History

    How the bunnies got their power

    Looking back on the events that led to the birth of the battery.

    A 2004 article on the history of batteries written to promote a Canadian company begins: “The battery is one of the m...

    Energy September 1, 2019
  • Epoxy resin solves solar tech pollution problems

    Addition makes perovskite cells environmentally friendly.

    The addition of a specially designed polymer could solve one of the major problems associated with perovskite solar c...

    Energy June 17, 2019
  • Race for potassium batteries hots up

    Research addresses problems with potential lithium rival.

    Battery technology based on potassium could be the key to storing energy from renewables, according to a team of scie...

    Energy May 12, 2019
  • Next-gen solar cells perk up with coffee

    Joke turns real as caffeine improves perovskite performance.

    Perovskite may become the go-to material for manufacturing solar cells, thanks to a hit of caffeine. Scientists have...

    Energy April 25, 2019
  • Turning CO2 into coal at room temperature

    It could revolutionise carbon capture and storage.

    Researchers have used liquid metals to turn carbon dioxide (CO2) back into solid coal with technology they say has th...

    Chemistry February 26, 2019
  • A new source of electrical energy

    Proof-of-concept holds great promise.

    It sounds like something from the 1960s, but the “bionic mushroom” could be a tantalising glimpse of the future. US ...

    Energy November 7, 2018
  • What is radioactivity?

    A source of immense energy with a long and dangerous history.

    We owe the discovery of radioactivity to bad weather. French physicist Henri Becquerel was trying to study fluorescen...

    Physics November 27, 2017
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