Roman-inspired approaches towards concrete might be a cost-effective way to make our infrastructure last longer

Nicola Davis writes on The Guardian website about new research showing that Romans had techniques to give concrete self-healing properties. Would this work now?   ‘Self-healing’ Roman concrete could aid modern construction, study suggests They have stood through the fall of an empire, the carnage of great wars and the foundation of a new country. … Continue reading Roman-inspired approaches towards concrete might be a cost-effective way to make our infrastructure last longer

Developments in offshore wind turbines

Simon Hogg, Executive Director of the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University, in an article on The Conversation website, questions whether there is a limit to how big wind turbines can get.   Wind turbines are already skyscraper-sized – is there any limit to how big they will get? In 2023, some 100 miles off the coast … Continue reading Developments in offshore wind turbines

Cheaper solar panels could be on the way after a scientific breakthrough

Perovskite-based solar cells could be made with raw materials that cost less. Samuel Webb discusses latest developments in an article on The Independent website.   Solar panel breakthrough could lead to cheaper renewable energy Cheaper solar panels could be on the way after a scientific breakthrough. Using enhanced halide perovskite – a man-made material with … Continue reading Cheaper solar panels could be on the way after a scientific breakthrough

Less toxic, super-high capacity and ultra-long life battery developed in Australia

The sodium-sulphur batteries are far less toxic as they are made from sea water.  Anthony Cuthbertson discusses latest developments in an article on The Independent website.   Breakthrough battery holds 4x charge of smartphone batteries at fraction of the cost Researchers have created a new type of battery that holds four times the amount of … Continue reading Less toxic, super-high capacity and ultra-long life battery developed in Australia

Solar panels can be made better and cheaper

Renate Egan, Professor, Australian Centre of Advanced Photovoltaics at UNSW Sydney writes on The Conversation website about Australian research underway to cut costs even further and generate the most electricity possible out of incoming sunlight. What are your views?   You might think solar panels have been perfected – but we can still make them … Continue reading Solar panels can be made better and cheaper

NASA comes up with new technology to massively reduce the time it takes to charge EV batteries

New charging technology is capable of delivering 4.6 times the current of the fastest electric car chargers on the market. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses the new technology in an article on the Independent website.   Electric car charging in just 5 minutes achieved with ‘unprecedented’ Nasa tech An experimental cooling technique developed by Nasa engineers for … Continue reading NASA comes up with new technology to massively reduce the time it takes to charge EV batteries

Researchers have made significant progress towards creating a new type of battery charging technology – quantum batteries

Scientists hope discovery will usher in a new era of ultra-efficient batteries. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses in an article on The Independent website.   Quantum battery breakthrough paves way for instant recharging Researchers have made significant progress towards creating a new type of battery charging technology, which could hold the potential to revolutionise energy storage. Quantum batteries use … Continue reading Researchers have made significant progress towards creating a new type of battery charging technology – quantum batteries

Germany’s 9 euro summer rail pass experiment brought many benefits

After three months, the special offer in Germany of the 9-euro ticket for nationwide use on local and regional public transport made tourist highlights accessible at low cost and even achieved some carbon emissions reductions. Some news agencies note that 52 million tickets were purchased during the three month experiment. Kate Connolly discusses in an … Continue reading Germany’s 9 euro summer rail pass experiment brought many benefits

US government researchers have found a way to charge electric car batteries up to 90 percent in just 10 minutes

Once perfected, a new method could charge an electric vehicle’s battery 90 percent within ten minutes, solving an issue sceptics have long had about electric vehicles. Will Pavia discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Fully charge your electric car in less than ten minutes Electric cars could be recharged almost … Continue reading US government researchers have found a way to charge electric car batteries up to 90 percent in just 10 minutes

Dozens of local energy cooperatives ¬– citizen-owned initiatives investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency – in operation in Belgium

Gabriela Baczynska writes on the Reuters website about energy cooperatives in Belgium. These cooperatives, which rely on their own production rather than buying from volatile markets, have seen a huge spike in demand as the energy crunch has hit consumers. Many of the cooperatives have also seen demand jump in the current high-inflation environment in … Continue reading Dozens of local energy cooperatives ¬– citizen-owned initiatives investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency – in operation in Belgium