Three emerging technologies that could help increase US renewable energy storage capacity by as much as 3,000% by 2050

Kerry Rippy, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory writes on The Conversation website about three energy storage technologies that show considerable potential to significantly increase storage capacity.   These 3 energy storage technologies can help solve the challenge of moving to 100% renewable electricity In recent decades the cost of wind and solar … Continue reading Three emerging technologies that could help increase US renewable energy storage capacity by as much as 3,000% by 2050

New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges

A rapid transition to renewable energy is necessary if Europe is to achieve its climate objectives. Developing the infrastructure to enable this change will require substantial resources and generate large volumes of waste as equipment reaches the end of its service life. Applying circular economy principles in this sector provides a win-win approach to address … Continue reading New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges

New technology removes humans from offshore wind turbine repairs, helping reduce overall costs to consumers

Alan Tovey writes on The Telegraph website about six-legged robotic “bugs” being used to repair offshore wind farms.   Flying robot bugs deployed to fix wind farms Six-legged robotic “bugs” could soon be repairing offshore wind farms, putting an end to humans doing risky maintenance and potentially lowering energy bills in the process. Engineers have … Continue reading New technology removes humans from offshore wind turbine repairs, helping reduce overall costs to consumers

A new app teaching people about energy efficiency reflects how technology plays a key role in reaching new audiences

Marina Ollé Hurtado writes on the youris.com about a user-friendly smart app to help people improve their energy-saving behaviours developed by European researchers.     An intelligent app to teach people energy efficiency Energy demand is growing across many countries in the world as populations increase and people get richer. In fact, global energy consumption … Continue reading A new app teaching people about energy efficiency reflects how technology plays a key role in reaching new audiences

Daimler, the world’s largest maker of heavy trucks, aims to build hydrogen-fuel trucks

Electric cars get all the attention, but truckmakers are also under pressure to shift from fossil fuels to electricity. Jack Ewing discusses in an article on the New York Times website what Daimler is up to.   World’s Largest Long-Haul Truckmaker Sees Hydrogen-Fueled Future Carmakers have been promising to scrap the internal combustion engine, and … Continue reading Daimler, the world’s largest maker of heavy trucks, aims to build hydrogen-fuel trucks

Our society has come to believe that technology is the solution to our climate crisis – it isn’t

With the climate crisis, Peter Sutoris argus this moment calls for humility – we cannot innovate ourselves out of this mess. The problem with believing technology is the solution is that it focuses on the symptoms, not the causes of environmental decay.  Peter Sutoris, is an anthropologist of development and the environment, and the author … Continue reading Our society has come to believe that technology is the solution to our climate crisis – it isn’t

It’s time for another generation of cooling equipment that is much gentler on the climate system

Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University writes on The Conversation website about efforts in the US to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps.   How cleaning up coolants can cool the climate – why HFCs are getting phased out from refrigerators and air conditioners The U.S. … Continue reading It’s time for another generation of cooling equipment that is much gentler on the climate system

Novel energy storage technology involves suspending heavy weights above deep mine shafts

Under this novel system, weights are winched above mine shafts using green power generated on sunny or windy days, ready to be dropped to generate power when renewable output slumps or the grid needs power to “balance” its output.  Madeleine Cuff discusses the technology in an article on the inews website.   Mine shafts set … Continue reading Novel energy storage technology involves suspending heavy weights above deep mine shafts

‘Whitest ever’ paint reflects 98% of sunlight

Scientists in the US have developed a paint significantly "whiter than the whitest paint currently available". Tests carried out by researchers at Purdue University on their "ultra-white" paint showed it reflected more than 98% of sunlight. That suggests, the scientists say, that it could help save energy and fight climate change. Damian Carrington discusses the … Continue reading ‘Whitest ever’ paint reflects 98% of sunlight

In search of a more sustainable tire

The Russian dandelion helped supply the Allied forces with rubber through the Second World War. Now, tire makers are hoping it could make a commercial comeback to help tires become more sustainable. Jack McGovan explains in an artlcle on the Deutsche Welle website.   Could rubber from dandelions make tires more sustainable? In 1931, Soviet … Continue reading In search of a more sustainable tire