Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a heat engine with no moving parts that is more efficient than a steam turbine. The researchers say the design could someday enable a fully decarbonized power grid. Their new demonstrations show that it converts heat to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency – a performance better than […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a desalination system that is more efficient and less expensive than previous methods. In addition to providing fresh water, the process could be used to treat contaminated wastewater or generate steam for sterilizing medical instruments, all without requiring a power source other than sunlight. An estimated two-thirds of […]

University of Southern California researchers are asking what if surplus renewable energy could be stored as computation instead? Renewable energy has an intermittency problem – the sun provides no power at night, while winds can stop suddenly. Better battery storage is considered key to solving the intermittency problem by storing energy when the wind and […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new water-splitting process with a material that maximizes the efficiency of producing hydrogen. The researchers expect to make it an affordable and accessible option for industrial partners that want to convert to green hydrogen for renewable energy storage instead of conventional, carbon-emitting hydrogen production from natural […]

Today two of the biggest power grids on the planet are connected by only seven small threads. Those seven threads (technically, they’re back-to-back, high-voltage, direct-current connections) join America’s Eastern and Western interconnections and have 1,320 megawatts of electric-power handling capacity. The seam separating the eastern and western grids runs, roughly, from eastern Montana, down the […]

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