In order to reach the 2020 target of having at least 20% of energy produced from renewable sources, The European Union will invest in solar and wind energy in North Africa. The resulted clean power will be imported in the EU via a new electricity interconnector design. Electricity will be carried via these cables running under the Mediterranean Sea directly to Europe.
The Atchison County wind farm is able to power 33,000 homes and it’s not interfering with corn and soybeans crops. Between the turbines, crops are still grown and harvested, thus contributing to the well-being of the community.
Climate change is one of the most controversial subjects of the century, because it is changing our planet in an non-imaginable way. Scientists have developed different ways (more or less efficient) to capture the CO2 excess resulted from human activity.
The MIT researchers could easily change the balance towards Li-air batteries in the near future just by changing the actual electrode materials. In the paper published in the journal Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, the researchers showed that by changing the carbon electrodes with gold or platinum electrodes as a catalyst, the efficiency of the battery will increase.
More and more governments show high interest in investing in clean energy sources. With 3,000 hours of sun per year, Morocco is now planning to invest in the harvesting of solar power.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Indian government will present a mandate that would require telecom operators to use solar panels to power their cellphone towers. This will dramatically reduce their carbon footprint and will make a huge difference in long term.
Nippon Chemi-Con Corp has been developing a new type of capacitors called “nano-hybrid capacitor” and plans to launch the first samples on the market by April 2011. These new capacitors generation will be introduced as replacement to the normal electric double layer capacitor (EDLC) and will have an energy density several times higher than that of a EDLC.
A Minnesota-based invention company called Sage Electrochromics, Inc has received a financial loan of $103 million from the Department of Energy for it’s breakthrough glass innovation, a window that can be switched on or off to reject up to 98% of the sun’s heat and light on a push of a button.
First Solar Inc. has recently announced that it will start working on a huge photovoltaic project called Desert Sunlight in Southern California. The facility will produce 550 MW from solar power, of which 300 MW will be sold to California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and 250 MW to Southern California Edison (SCE).
The 1st Int’l Rechargeable Battery Expo held in Tokyo at the beginning of March was pleased to announce a lot of battery manufacturers interested in future technologies, in new developments for various industries.