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New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production

October 10, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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New Biofuel Approach

Yeast is commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry.[read more]

The Future of Energy Storage

September 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Storage and the Future

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Fikile Brushett is in the process of taking the power generated by wind and solar, chemically lashing it to molecules derived from flora and fauna, and storing it in liquids until it’s needed to electrify our homes.[read more]

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Self-Driving Car Technology's Benefits, Potential Risks, and Solutions

August 19, 2014 by John Miller
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Future Cars and Future Effects

Developing ‘self-driving’ or ‘autonomous’ car technologies can make on-road travel safer and more efficient. What are the major challenges and needed improvements to successfully develop and market this very promising and innovative technology?[read more]

The Energy Storage Renaissance is Near

August 13, 2014 by Sarah Mier
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Energy Storage Renaissance

For one week, each cloudy, San Francisco July, the sun shines brightly on the solar industry. Intersolar North America comes to town and provides a venue for solar professionals from around the world to share insight into the technology and market trends propelling the industry forward.[read more]

Who's Got the Most Smart Grid Patents?

August 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Grid Patents

The smart grid industry has seen lots of mergers and acquisitions. This activity is driven by the desire for new tech, whether in core areas like transmission gear, smart meters, communications, sensors and software, or grid edge applications like demand response, plug-in vehicle charging and distributed solar PV.[read more]

GE Tackles Fuel Cells, Google Issues 'Little Box' Challenge, and Smart Grid Drones Prepare for Takeoff

July 27, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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GE, Google, and Drones

Energy giant and AEE member General Electric is expanding its advanced energy product line to include fuel cells. Google is looking to shrink inverters. And utility San Diego Gas & Electric is getting ready to launch drones to check on transmission lines.[read more]

ARPA-E 'Encourages Crazy Ideas' to Find Disruptive Energy Technology

July 17, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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ARPA-E and Energy Future Innovation

The same GPS technology that guided smart bombs during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 is now in your smart phone and there are numerous additional examples of technology borne from US Defense Department innovators that exploded (pardon the pun) into mainstream commercial applications.[read more]

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Dollar a Gallon Gasoline

April 2, 2014 by Keith Henson
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People have looked resource (and now climate change and global warming) disasters in the face so long that I am not entirely sure they are actually able to deal with something llike good news. It will be interesting to see how much flack I get for this article.[read more]

Technology Emerging in 2014 with Potential to Reshape the Energy Space

March 14, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Future Technologies

Technology is the main driver for change and for increased productivity in the modern world. But for mankind to continue along this trajectory, appropriate investment is often dependent on the public’s understanding and awareness of promising technologies’ potential, as well as their application.[read more]

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Why Digital Oil Fields Are The Future Of The Energy Industry

December 19, 2013 by Anand Srinivasan

Digital Oil Fields

The demand for oil is expected to breach the 100 million barrels per day barrier by 2015. Given the strain on human labour and capital expenditure, this calls for a more sophisticated oil drilling process that is more efficient. The digital oil field is the way forward.[read more]

LUNA RING To Turn Moon Into Solar Power Collector

December 8, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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LUNA RING

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011 has dealt the country numerous hits — personal, social, and economical, as well as a massive hit to their power infrastructure, with public and international pressure causing the decommissioning of almost all their nuclear reactors.[read more]