Where Saltwater and Freshwater Meet There is Potent Energy

February 17, 2017 – Ever heard of the salinity gradient? At Pennsylvania State University, civil engineers are working to develop a form of electrical power generation from where ... Continue Reading →

A Visit to a Volcano Speaks of Untapped Geothermal Energy Potential

February 9, 2017 – It is the last day of our two-week stay here in Costa Rica. Yesterday we visited Rincon de la Vieja, the largest volcano in the country, and a source of geothermal ... Continue Reading →

European Research Project Discovers Novel Way of Storing Summer Heat to Warm Homes in Winter

January 15, 2017 – When summer produces heat wouldn’t it be great if we could capture it and use it to warm ourselves through the winter. That’s what researchers at ... Continue Reading →

A New Use for Oil Sands Wastewater: Extracting Lithium for Batteries

January 12, 2017 – With the approval of the Trans-Mountain pipeline by both British Columbia and Canada’s federal governments, the oil sands aren’t going away in the ... Continue Reading →

Germany Invests in Hydrogen – Skeptics Point to Hindenburg Disaster and Question the Technology

January 6, 2017 – Hydrogen as a transportation fuel has had a checkered past. Its most famous failing occurred when the airship Hindenburg caught fire at Lakehurst, New Jersey ... Continue Reading →

The Driverless Car Revolution is Getting Closer and It Means Big Changes

January 4, 2017 – Thomas Frey is a futurist and in his latest musing about autonomous vehicles he describes them as “the most disruptive technology in all history.” ... Continue Reading →

What Technologies Will Hold the Disruptive Keys to 2017?

December 20, 2016 – It is always fun to look ahead to the New Year and do a little bit of crystal ball forecasting. Technological innovation continues to disrupt existing paradigms ... Continue Reading →

Even if the New U.S. Administration Tries to Revive Coal Mining It Won’t Mean a Return to Full Employment

December 28, 2016 – President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign told ex-coal miners in Pennsylvania and West Virginia that they should be prepared to get back to work full ... Continue Reading →

New Paint Can Convert Temperature Differences into Electricity

December 26, 2016 – It is called the thermoelectric effect and we have known about since the early 1800s.  It occurs when two different conducting materials maintained at different ... Continue Reading →

Can a Modern Economy Thrive on a Low Carbon Diet?

December 22, 2016 – Apparently the two are separable. Economies and carbon-based energy do not need to be in lockstep. Take these last two years. The global economy grew 6.5% ... Continue Reading →