Why AI technology is so power-hungry

Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Boston University explains why AI technology requires so much energy in an article on The Conversation website. AI is computationally intensive because it needs to read through lots of data until it learns to understand it – that is, is trained.   It takes a lot of … Continue reading Why AI technology is so power-hungry

The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space

Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy was awarded a grant to use high-resolution thermal infrared space telescopes to monitor the energy performance of buildings.  Paul Brackley explains in an article on the Cambridge Independent website.   University of Cambridge to use space telescopes to measure energy efficiency of homes The energy efficiency of buildings will be … Continue reading The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space

Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

Roger Tyers, Teaching Associate in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham writes on The Conversation website to explain why innovations in the aviation sector are not being adopted at a significant scale.   How a 1940s treaty set airlines on a path to high emissions and low regulation Before the pandemic, aviation … Continue reading Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

A 50MW facility near Manchester in the UK will store enough power for roughly 50,000 homes for five hours. Roger Harrabin explains in an article on the BBC website.   UK energy plant to use liquid air Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world's first major plant to store energy in … Continue reading World’s first major plant to store energy in form of liquid air

American philanthropies playing big role in climate technology development

Everyone is pushing for more technology developments that will help us cut GHG emissions and reduce energy demand. Katherine Ellison writes on the Washington Post website about the role philanthropies are playing in funding many of these innovations. What are your views?   Philanthropies flow funds to climate technologies Dave’s team launched a start-up in … Continue reading American philanthropies playing big role in climate technology development

Generations after people learned to make ice in the desert, the same technique under development to provide us with radiative cooling

Sarah Kaplan writes on the Washington Post website about the innovation from one scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles to use ancient techniques to demonstrate  electricity-free electricity. It will be interesting to follow these developments in the future.   Bringing the chill of the cosmos to a warming planet Long ago, in … Continue reading Generations after people learned to make ice in the desert, the same technique under development to provide us with radiative cooling

Development in sodium-ion batteries has made significant progress recently

We are regularly reading about latest technical developments. Alexander Freund discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Sodium-ion rechargeable batteries could soon be a cheaper and resource-saving alternative to current lithium-ion cells. Powerful prototypes and ground-breaking findings in basic research make a breakthrough seem imminent.   The batteries of the future: … Continue reading Development in sodium-ion batteries has made significant progress recently

New algorithm to improve energy performance can be integrated into any vehicle type – whether a gas vehicle, an e-vehicle, a compact car, or a truck

James Billington writes on the electric & hybrid vehicle technology international website about a new algorithm developed by FEV, a globally leading service provider which is cost efficient and flexible for many vehicle types.   New algorithm provides EVs with more accurate range and energy-saving routes Vehicle weight is a crucial factor when it comes … Continue reading New algorithm to improve energy performance can be integrated into any vehicle type – whether a gas vehicle, an e-vehicle, a compact car, or a truck

Technical breakthrough in transparent solar technology

A research team at the University of Michigan has achieved record efficiency for transparent solar cells that could one day be used in buildings. Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website.   Scientists make breakthrough in solar window technology with see-through panels Builders could one day be installing windows in homes and … Continue reading Technical breakthrough in transparent solar technology

A brick wall could one day become a powerbank to charge electrical devices

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website that scientists have coated red bricks with conductive fibres, turning them into batteries that could store power for hours.   House bricks could become energy storage systems to charge electrical devices A brick wall could one day become a powerbank to charge electrical devices, thanks to an energy … Continue reading A brick wall could one day become a powerbank to charge electrical devices