future technologies

Tesla is the World's First Digital Car

October 29, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Tesla's Digital Car

Elon Musk described the new Tesla Model D as a digital vehicle compared to conventional ICE autos which are analog machines. The Model D is an iterative upgrade of the Model S, but it presents two significant feature sets that demonstrate how the auto world is moving from the analog to the digital age.[read more]

Emissions Reduction: Siemens to Test eHighway Concept for Heavy-Duty Trucks in California

August 11, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Siemens eHighway Concept Test

Germany’s Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, appears to have received approval from California’s Air Resources Board, one of five units within the state Environmental Protection Agency, to built a test track and implement its eHighway concept for heavy-duty trucks.[read more]

SDG&E Becomes First Utility to Test Drones

July 26, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Drones and Utilities

San Diego Gas & Electric became the first utility in the country to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to test-drive drones. The utility has been granted a Special Airworthiness Certificate that allows it to operate drones for research, testing, and training flights in Eastern San Diego County.[read more]

Geoengineering - Insanity? All the More Reason to Discuss It

July 22, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Geoengineering and Hard Choices

Is geoengineering the key to solving the global climate change problem? That’s the kind of question that evokes a knee-jerk reaction from those who consider it, including me. I believe we’re already doing enough geoengineering on the planet, albeit unplanned and perhaps unintended.[read more]

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

July 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

US and China's CCS Agreement

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide emissions. China is also the world’s most populous country and is suffering from high pollution levels due to its unrestrained fossil fuel use.[read more]

Utilities Enter the 21st Century with Mobile Apps

July 17, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Picture this: you’re in the kitchen assembling a tasty sandwich. You pull out the turkey, unscrew the mayo jar, and start to slice the tomato. Just as you begin to un-twist the bag of bread, your electricity goes out, leaving you utterly ravenous and perhaps a bit frightened.[read more]

What Is Google Plotting for the Smart Grid?

June 13, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Google, long a backer of renewable energy projects, data-center efficiency and home energy management technology, is now diving into the power grid itself. The tech giant is building tools to help utilities better manage the flow of power to and from homes and businesses at the edge of the grid.[read more]

Smart Grids are About to Get a Whole Lot Smarter

June 9, 2014 by Michael Weinhold

I see a very wide span of development. I see super-grids where we tap into attractive renewable resources like wind, hydro and, in the southern Europe, solar. The grids will be critical in ensuring this renewable energy gets to the right place at the right time.[read more]

The Age of Intelligent Storage: Distributed Systems, Smart Software and Control Systems

May 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When it comes to the widespread adoption of energy storage, the issue now is not if, but when. A new report from PwC says that solar plus storage is about to remake utility business models. Some state regulators, primarily those in New York, are responding by rethinking the utility model altogether.[read more]

Battery Technology: Of the Past, but Lifeblood for the Future

March 26, 2014 by John Steller

Batteries and the Future

Before the massive electrical grids and power lines that our current infrastructure relies so heavily upon, batteries were how we made electricity. As batteries advanced, so did our technology. From lead-acid to lithium ion, battery technologies dominate the majority our our appliances, and amenities.[read more]

Advances in Graphene R&D Portend Significant Changes for Energy

March 18, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Gamechanging technologies don’t just happen overnight. There’s usually substantial time and money invested in basic research and development, a temporary lull as R&D moves into commercialization, and then an infusion of that technology in different product forms into existing infrastructure.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 1: The Basics

February 18, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

CCS Basics

CCS is often neglected as a low-carbon energy option next to renewables and nuclear. Part 1 of this three-part article will make the basic case why CCS is highly likely to actually play a very prominent role in a future climate-constrained world.[read more]

Algae Oil Poised For World Domination, Eventually

December 31, 2013 by Tina Casey

Oil Algae and the Future

Don’t be surprised if you wake up one day to find that the petroleum economy has been nudged aside by a startling diversity of alternative fuels topped by algae oil. The geopolitical implications alone are staggering given that various forms of algae can be cultivated practically anywhere in the world.[read more]

Rare Earth Elements and Sustainable Technology [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 19, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Rare Earth Elements and Tech

Rare earth elements consist of a group of seventeen chemical elements sectioned together on the periodic table. Since 1950 demand for these elements has exploded as a key component of the technology the drives our modern society.[read more]

Meeting the Energy Needs of the 21st Century: Is it Time for a Real Nuclear Renaissance?

December 5, 2013 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear Power and Energy Need

As I started to read this year’s World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA), it was the very first line in the executive summary that caught my interest. The report starts out with “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.”[read more]