Following the Fukushima disaster back in 2011, MIT has developed a floating nuclear plant that would avoid several of the issues with present-day plants, including being essentially immune to tsunamis and being able to use sea water to cool down in the event of a catastrophe of some sort.
Panasonic is looking to expand its energy presence, with the company's head of Energy Solutions Center Hiroshi Edo Hanafusa announcing at the Cleantech Group forum that the company is on the hunt for new talent -- specifically, for those who develop energy services utilizing Panasonic's technology.
You'll be seeing several articles this week about how scientists have suddenly attained nuclear fusion this week for the first time - right here we're going to brief you on how that's not true. Not entirely true, anyway. With some close-up looks at the actual event and reporting - and some rather helpful simplification from Reddit user Restricteddata, we're going to break down this scientific breakthrough.
Intel may still have a throne over at the PC world, but in the mobile land it still has to conquer its own territory. Part of Intel's problems lie with a graphics processor that is unfit for mobile devices, but the chip maker might already have a solution ready for some real-world testing.
Forget angels dancing on the head of a pin, recharging tomorrow's mobile devices could be a question of how many micro-windmills can you fit on a cellphone cover, with one team of researchers looking to harness the wind on a tiny scale to keep your iPhone topped up. Smitha Rao and J.-C. Chiao of UT Arlington developed the 1.8mm-wide windmills as a way of working around limits on traditional wind power generation, like size and safety. Instead of one big turbine, the pair envisage devices covered with hundreds of tiny versions.
Batteries are a distraction: the best way to store excess solar energy for nighttime use is using it to create "solar fuels" that rely on energy-dense chemistry, one research team has concluded. The prototype takes a cue from plants and uses a new type of solar cell that relies on the sun's energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The latter is released, but the former can be stored and then later used for power, including potential in fuel-cell cars. Best of all, the system requires no external power source in order to work its hydrogen-generating magic.