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 →

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 →

Speculation on the Future of Fossil Fuels

December 21, 2016 – In the Northern Hemisphere we have arrived at the Winter Solstice. Here in Toronto it means daylight lasting a little more than nine hours. And as the amount ... Continue Reading →

Minnesota City Gets Its First Microgrid Installation – Where Cities Are Going in the Next Decade

December 18, 2016 – A new pilot project is implementing a microgrid in a 5-storey Bloomington, Minnesota building. Microgrid or distributed energy generation technology decentralizes ... Continue Reading →

Electric Vehicles Getting Highway Charging Infrastructure in the United States

November 5, 2016 – In a recent energy report investors in fossil fuels were told that it may be the right time to start moving money away from an industry wedded to gasoline and ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Solar Roof That Will Cost You Less Than a Normal Roof Plus the Cost of Electricity

October 29, 2016 – Yesterday in Los Angeles Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Solar City and SpaceX went on an outdoor stage surrounded by homes with roofs studded with solar panels. His ... Continue Reading →

Australia Combines Solar and Pumped Storage at Abandoned Gold Mine Site

September 14, 2016 – For more than a century Kidston, Australia was a gold mining town but in 2001 that all came to an end. The mine shut down and what was left were the remnants ... Continue Reading →

Advances in Battery Technology Encouraging for Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

September 10, 2016 – The missing element in making the leap to a 100% renewable energy paradigm is storage. And by storage I mean the ability to capture surplus energy from renewable ... Continue Reading →

United Arab Emirates Pilot Project Stores Solar Energy in Desert Sand

August 22, 2016 – The city of Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s great experiment in building a sustainable urban environment for an extreme climate.  Designed to incorporate a bit ... Continue Reading →