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

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

The lowdown on Australia’s low-emissions roadmap

The recently released first low emissions technology statement by the government flags public investment in five areas: hydrogen, energy storage, low-carbon steel and aluminium, carbon capture and storage, and soil carbon storage. The roadmap is discussed in an article on The Conversation website by Llewelyn Hughes and Jorrit Gosens of Australian National University.   ‘The … Continue reading The lowdown on Australia’s low-emissions roadmap

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

Prototype jet engine uses compressed air and electricity to create enough power to lift a plane in the air

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website about latest developments in China where scientists have designed a new kind of jet engine that could fly planes halfway around the world without emitting fossil fuels.  What are your views?   Scientists in China target emissions-free flight with air plasma jet engine Scientists have designed a new … Continue reading Prototype jet engine uses compressed air and electricity to create enough power to lift a plane in the air

A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic materials could enable a leap in manufacturing a wide range of products, including solid-state batteries and fuel cells

Harry Cockburn writes on The Independent website about a  new manufacturing method invented by scientists at the University of Maryland that both meets the needs of modern ceramics and fosters the discovery of new material innovations.   ‘Superfast’ new manufacturing method could allow breakthrough in battery technology, scientists say A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic … Continue reading A “breakthrough” method of firing ceramic materials could enable a leap in manufacturing a wide range of products, including solid-state batteries and fuel cells

Researchers have developed a new type of concrete that can not only bend better, but doesn’t require cement to make, reducing its environmental footprint

Michael Irving writes on the New Atlas website about a new bendable type of concrete that has been developed.  What are your views?   Bendable concrete goes cement-free to cut environmental footprint Concrete is the world’s most widely-used building material thanks to its incredible strength – but it doesn’t stand up well against bending. Now, … Continue reading Researchers have developed a new type of concrete that can not only bend better, but doesn’t require cement to make, reducing its environmental footprint

Scientists have been working on what they say is the world’s first “biosolar leaf”, which they claim can mop up carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen into the atmosphere more efficiently than a typical tree

Scientists say this technology can do the work of 100 trees using the surface area of one. Diane Taylor explains in an article in The Guardian.   'Biosolar leaf' project targets air pollution on London campus The news on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is rarely good. Scientists and campaigners have warned repeatedly that … Continue reading Scientists have been working on what they say is the world’s first “biosolar leaf”, which they claim can mop up carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen into the atmosphere more efficiently than a typical tree