‘Wetting’ the Appetite of a Battery for Renewable Energy Storage

New liquid alloy electrode improves sodium-beta battery performance Sun, wind and other renewable energy sources could make up a larger portion of the electricity America consumes if better batteries could be built to store the intermittent energy for cloudy, windless days. Now a new material could allow more utilities to store large amounts of renewable energy and make the nation’s power system more reliable and resilient. A paper published today in Nature Communications describes an electrode made of a liquid metal alloy…

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Conventions: Energy Harvesting & Storage USA; November 19 – 20

Upcoming energy conventions. News from Energy Harvesting & Storage: Register by Friday, June 6, 2014 for our biggest attendee discount – 50% – www.EnergyHarvestingUSA.com/Register Located back in California at the Santa Clara Convention Center, this growing event – which increased by over 20% in 2013 – will encompass the commercialization and progress of energy harvesting and associated technologies. Learn from world class speakers about the latest technology progress on Wireless Sensor Networks and Energy Harvesting in all forms – Energy…

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Reducing Emissions the Primary Way to Fight Climate Change Reports UCLA-Led Study

Climate engineering won’t sufficiently stem global warming Forget about positioning giant mirrors in space to reduce the amount of sunlight being trapped in the earth’s atmosphere or seeding clouds to reduce the amount of light entering earth’s atmosphere. Those approaches to climate engineering aren’t likely to be effective or practical in slowing global warming. A new report by professors from UCLA and five other universities concludes that there’s no way around it: We have to cut down the amount of…

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Internal Wall Insulation Could Save You and Your Family Up to £460 Per Year

How to Save on Your Energy Bills The recent hike in energy prices has left many families struggling to keep up with inflated rates for gas and electricity. In extreme cases, people are being forced to choose between eating and heating, as the ‘big six’ energy companies dominate the UK energy market and take their cues from each other when it comes to increasing prices. Whether you’re looking to save on your energy bills or do your bit to protect…

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Guest Post: The Trend of Sustainability & Businesses Creating an Impact

I would like to thank Kenny Myers for this guest contribution about the trend toward sustainability. – GM According to some so-called experts, green building and sustainable technologies are nothing more than a fad and fossil fuels will undoubtedly make a return. However, it’s hard to believe that rhetoric when so many businesses and homeowners are taking part in creating an energy conscious connection. In April of 2014, Marriott International, Inc. announced that it has created its first LEED certified hotel…

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Nanowires Provide Great Potential for Better Solar Cells

Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells. NTNU researchers Dheeraj Dasa and Helge Weman have, in cooperation with IBM, discovered that gallium arsenide can be tuned with a small strain to function efficiently as a single light-emitting…

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School for Solar Announced by CBD Energy Limited

In an exciting new project, diversified renewable energy company, CBD Energy Limited is investing in the development and installation of a programme of solar projects across the UK, through its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Secured Energy Bonds plc (SEB). SEB plans to install solar panels for a number of UK businesses (at no cost to the businesses), and to derive income from the Feed-in Tariffs paid by the UK government to green electricity generators. This is a win-win situation for…

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Quote of Note

“If you believe the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while you count your money.” Janez Potocnik The European Commissioner for Environment

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Guest Post: How You Can Make Your Home Breathe Better

On the surface, some homes are deceptively clean-looking, with visible vacuum cleaner lines running down the carpeting, and the smell of household cleaners fumigating the air. However, there are many hidden health hazards that can lurk in air filters, air ducts, carpet fibers, fans and more that can make breathing very difficult. Replace Air Filters: It’s recommended by most HVAC contractors that air conditioning filters be changed at least once a month. In a short amount of time, air filters…

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