Mark Halper writing for SmartPlanet reports the U.S. Department of Energy is quietly collaborating with China on an alternative nuclear power design known as the molten salt reactor that should run on thorium for fuel. According to a March presentation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on thorium molten salt reactors, Peter Lyons DOE’s [...]

Since the 1940s science has been mesmerized by the potential of nuclear fusion to gain energy.  Ideas have came and went, some will not go away, and a small number of innovative thinkers have ideas that are gaining credibility with real results.  The world community has tossed tens of billions of dollar-valued wealth into the [...]

The Edison battery, a rechargeable technology developed by Thomas Edison more than a century ago, to power electric vehicles went out of mind in the mid-1970s.  Now Stanford University scientists have breathed new life into the circa 1900 technology of nickel-iron batteries. Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford University said, “The Edison battery [...]

Al Fin spotted the news story at PhysOrg yesterday that describes a new method to recover the uranium in spent fuel enabling access to the nineteen times of the energy already produced to be used.  The process also deeply concentrates the very nasty actinides the justifiably worry so many folks and even that is back [...]

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have identified a catalyst of nitrogen-enriched iron-carbon nanorods that works in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) at 5% of the cost of platinum. One is beginning to think that some of these nitrogen enriched iron based catalysts are going to get to commercial scale. [...]

keep looking »