VOTO - Charging Batteries in a Fire

One half of the VOTO is a fuel cell and the second half is a handle which has a light, cell phone adapter and nickel-metal hydride battery to store energy.

Is our current approach to energy sustainable?

It seems that we've proven ourselves exceptionally able in arguing with one another. The time for that has passed. Nature will act if we don't.

Using Microbes to Produce Biofuel

Liquid fuels derived from plant biomass are one of the best alternatives if an inexpensive means of commercial production can be found. Major research efforts are focusing on fatty acids, which are the energy-rich molecules in living cells that have been dubbed nature's petroleum.

Big Data for Solar

Helping Fleet Managers Streamline Operations and Management Functions

Permanent Magnet Alternators for Wind Turbines

Permanent magnet alternators are very compact compared to asynchronous generators and allow simplified mechanical integration thanks to being direct-driving by the rotor.

How and Where Distributed Energy Resources Will Reduce the Need for Transmission

The rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DER), a non-transmission alternative, is raising concerns over the viability and necessity of new transmission lines.

2013 completions of large solar thermal power plants mark technology gains

All five of the major solar thermal projects—including Solana and Ivanpah—that are scheduled to come on line in 2013 and 2014 were awarded loans through the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program.

Q3 2013 Deal Volume Comparison

Merger and Acquisition information from Lincloln's Deal Reader.

Vanderbilt Proposes Building Energy Storage Into Solar Cells

Imagine a photovoltaic cell or module that actually stores as well as produces energy, acting as a battery and producing power even after dark.

Will You Survive Solar Grid Parity?

A path to ensure profitable installation for residential solar

The Solar Energy Industry Sizzles, Offshore Wind Dies Down

With so many major obstacles standing in the way of U.S. offshore wind energy, the plans to launch the renewable energy sites may never come to fruition. Such uncertainty can make it a high-risk investment and turn away many venture capitalists.

Investment in Clean Technologies

The trends we are seeing reflect a broad spectrum of innovations, beyond energy generation (nevertheless a central pillar of clean technologies) to new commercialization models, to energy efficiency, to new applications of advances in materials sciences and molecular structures, and to resource sharing platforms enabled by the web.

More Power to You: Marines Boost Energy, Lighten Load

The Marine Austere Patrolling System (MAPS) combines solar power and an individual water purifier to help lighten the load of Marines conducting lengthy missions in remote locations with few or no options for resupply.

Empowering Rural Cambodia with Solar lighting

As Cambodia is located in one of the sunniest areas of the world, solar power provides an excellent solution to the reduction in kerosene use: it's safe; reliable; and easy to use.

What is osmotic power?

There are enormous benefits with osmotic power, namely that it's the cleanest, most reliable source of renewable energy on the planet, it is always available and more cost-effective than solar or wind power, has a small ecological footprint and it recycles natures resources (seawater or wastewater).

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