The idea of peak oil has haunted us for decades. I say haunt because the concept that sooner or later we’d run out of the stuff has contributed to some terrible public policy in the United States.
According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, about 2.3 percent of America’s power is generated by wind. But wind power is becoming wildly popular all over the world. What would happen if a company put up so many wind turbines that they actually changed the climate on Earth? That’s the subject of this…
In the twentieth century, oil was black gold. But as we march deeper into the twenty-first century, we could have a lucrative new fuel on our hands. One that’s blue-green and sometimes a little smelly. It’s found in wastewater, but it’s capable of powering jets. It’s algae.
Well, it's 2015, and right on cue, humanity has apparently invented its very own Mr. Fusion. The s0-called "Biobattery", designed by German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Energy and Safety Technology, will eat everything from human waste to coffee grounds and spit out electricity.
Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal's inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it's no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a…
Back in 1985, Mickey Mouse and his old pal Goofy taught kids visiting Disney's EPCOT Center about the future of energy in America—with a little help from the good folks at Exxon.
Solar panels have been around for ages, and they've all looked the same. And boring. So boring. But now there's a concept for some new solar panels that fold. They. Are. Awesome.
Everybody knows about using oil as a fuel source, but London is putting a new spin on the concept. Soon the city will be mining its own sewers to bring up glorious globs of old cooking grease and melting them down into fuel. Delicious.
You hate "green" energy. You love mayhem. You're an eccentric billionaire just looking for a good way to kill a Sunday afternoon. If any of these applies to you, here's a blueprint for the most advanced trolling the world has ever known.
General Motors Thermoelectric Generator This module could capture waste heat in your car's exhaust and convert it to energy, improving fuel economy in a Chevy Suburban by 3 percent. GM
Wind blows. And if there's energy (and money) to be made from this fact of life, we may as well take advantage of it, right? That's what Vestas is doing—and they're using the V164-7.0 MW, a massive, 614-foot wind turbine, to do it.
Everybody loves a nice pretty string of Christmas lights, but they're not exactly thrilling. So how do you jazz up the ol' tree? Power it with trapped electric eels. It's like spending the holiday at a James Bond villain's house!
The supposedly world-saving wind turbine has been singled out as a potential danger by the military, as the rise of wind farms threatens national security—by creating radar "blackout zones".
It's been coined "hygroelectricity", which means "humidity electricity", and scientists are already in the early stages of developing devices to harness it. What is "it" exactly? "It" is electrically charged water droplets hanging in the atmosphere.
Photovoltaic cells printed on sheets aren't news, nor are LEDs and ultrathin lithium batteries. What's news is a combination of the three which can help give light to 1.5 billion people who live in impoverished areas without access to electricity.
Singaporean researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have devised a way to convert carbon dioxide into clean-burning biofuel methanol, using a safe, non-toxic process. Has mankind defeated the final boss of Global Warming?
Most of us now check the time using cellphones, but there's still a stalwart few that insist on wearing watches. With the Freestyle solar watch, they can cling to old technology while being eco-friendly.
This might be the most disgusting use of green technology I've ever seen, but yes, Norweigan fecal matter will keep their Buses up and running.