This Crazy Geodesic Dome Is Actually a Power Plant

Biomass cogeneration doesn't scream "family fun for all ages" to most of us, but the city of Uppsala, Sweden, is hoping it might some day. Its plan involves a geodesic dome, stained glass, and a zany Danish architect. » 2/23/15 6:30pm 2/23/15 6:30pm

The Abandoned Communist Nuclear Reactor That Could Have Killed Us All

Just 90 miles off the tip of Florida lies a half-baked, abandoned relic of the Cold War-era arms race—what was once going to be a joint Cuban-Soviet nuclear reactor. And thank god it never panned out. Because not only do we now have these incredible shots from photographer Darmon Richter, but every last aspect of… » 10/09/14 2:56pm 10/09/14 2:56pm

The 15 Dirtiest Power Plants In the US

On June 2, President Obama proposed new EPA regulations to reduce the carbon dioxide pollution that's causing global warming. The new rules would reduce the carbon emissions of US power plants 30 percent by 2030. But not all plants are created equal—in fact, some are much dirtier than others. » 6/09/14 9:00am 6/09/14 9:00am

America's Largest Coal Power Plant Burns 11 Million Tons of Bituminous…

Keeping the Western hemisphere's single largest coal-fired power plant running nonstop is no easy feat—especially, when the fuel coal is located on the other side of the country. Here's how Georgia Power does it. » 10/18/11 11:00pm 10/18/11 11:00pm

The World's First Floating Nuclear Plant Has Been Seized By the Courts

How does a court seize a nuclear plant? Well, that damn Russian floating nuclear plant is cursed. After a series of early setbacks, the plant, Akademik Lomonosov, is now close to completion. Too bad the shipyard building it is going to go bankrupt. » 8/16/11 2:34pm 8/16/11 2:34pm

What Would It Take To Evacuate a Nuclear Meltdown?

The U.S.' nuclear plants are getting older, becoming more unstable with age even as we demand more power of them. Meanwhile, population growth around these powerhouses has sky-rocketed, by as much as a factor of four in some places. Say you live in one of these cities. In the event of an emergency, how likely is it… » 6/27/11 9:00pm 6/27/11 9:00pm

First Hybrid Power Plant Will Combine Solar, Wind and Natural Gas

A new hybrid power plant to be built in Turkey will combine a traditional gas-fired steam turbine with solar thermal power and wind power, according to GE. It's a step toward integrating renewable sources into the traditional power grid, using steam and mirrors. » 6/10/11 8:09am 6/10/11 8:09am

The Devastating Health Impacts of a Nuclear Crisis

The Japanese authorities have announced that radiation levels surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are increasing to potentially harmful levels. New Scientist investigates the health risks associated with nuclear power plant explosions. » 3/15/11 1:00pm 3/15/11 1:00pm

How Nuclear Power Plants Save Themselves from Earthquake-Related…

After today's earthquake in Japan, there was concern over the country's nuclear power plants: though 13 of the affected plants automatically shut down, two caused a scare. This raises the question: how does a nuclear plant stay safe during an earthquake, and why were there problems in Japan? » 3/11/11 8:20pm 3/11/11 8:20pm

Backpack Power Plant: You ARE the Grid

Bourne Energy's BPP-2 puts a 30-pound, 500-watt generating hydroelectric plant on your back. That's like being able to walk around with 60 solar panels. And when civilization finally collapses, I'll be dragging mine to an as yet undisclosed location. » 3/02/10 7:40pm 3/02/10 7:40pm

Remainders - Good and Bad Stuff We Didn't Post (And Why)

Shockingly cheap Apple tablets, Twitter books, Google power plants, Samurai Mario and a bunch of things that didn't make the cut today. Some of it we didn't like, and some are fun gems from our (riveting!) staff chat room. » 12/02/09 11:20pm 12/02/09 11:20pm

Russia To Ring The Arctic With Floating Nuclear Power Stations

Poor Mr. Polar Bear. When he's not jumping from melting ice chunk to ice chunk trying desperately not to drown, he's avoiding the floating Russian nuclear power stations and their potential toxic waste. » 5/03/09 5:00pm 5/03/09 5:00pm

"Clean Coal" No Longer Oxymoron at New Power Plant

Maybe you've heard the plans for "clean coal" (aka carbon capture and storage), a technology that collects carbon-dioxide exhaust from formerly high-polluting power plants, condensing and freezing it for storage in depleted natural-gas fields. This month, energy provider Vattenfall fired up the CO2 collection process… » 9/21/08 4:30pm 9/21/08 4:30pm

Toshiba Builds Personal-Sized Micro Nuclear Reactor? Huh?

Here's an idea that's not going to go over well with the Department of Homeland Security: Toshiba has reportedly developed a nuclear reactor that will fit in your basement. Measuring 20 feet wide by 6 feet long, it cranks out 200kW and doesn't even require Homer Simpson to operate, since it's supposedly totally… » 12/18/07 1:21pm 12/18/07 1:21pm

Flying Power Plants to Generate Electricity in the Future

The idea sounds simple. If winds are stronger than 10km up in the air, why not build a power plant that can harness that energy? That's what Cali-based Sky WindPower is proposing with their flying power plants. But how would these plants work and more importantly, how much cash would be saved? Well, the ideas is to.... » 4/04/07 4:56pm 4/04/07 4:56pm