energy research

Higher R&D Investment in Renewable Energy Technologies Critical for Clean-Energy Innovation & Climate Action

May 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewable R&D

Global investment in renewable energy sources in 2014 rose almost 17 percent year-on-year to $270.2 billion with investments in developing countries growing by 36 percent, finds a new UNEP Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report.[read more]

Energy Research: Tunneling Across a Tiny Gap

April 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Tunneling and Heat

Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps.[read more]

Energy Technology: Deploy What We Have vs. Build Something New

March 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six prominent business leaders, including Bill Gates, issued a report maintaining that the U.S. government is spending far too little on energy research. Not everyone concerned with combating climate change agrees with the council.[read more]

How Do You Know Your Solar Panels Are Working Correctly? You Probably Don't

February 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

As Pecan Street Research Institute were gathering solar PV data from houses in their research, they were surprised by how many systems had gaps in production. The findings made Pecan Street, an Austin-Texas organization that investigates water and energy use behavior, take a deeper dive.[read more]

The Limits of Planetary Boundaries 2.0

January 20, 2015 by Barry Brook

Measuring Boundaries

In 2013 I led research that critiqued the ‘Planetary Boundaries‘ concept. Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats. Recently a paper appeared titled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet," which attempts to refine and clarify the concept.[read more]

Industry Input Sought by New Wind-Energy Research Center

October 22, 2014 by Christine Gillette

A new research center led by UMass Lowell and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation is bringing industry and university experts in wind energy development together in an attempt to solve mutual problems and advance the field.[read more]

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

July 17, 2014 by Jared Anderson

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]

Naval Reactors Should Be Empowered to Show the Way Again

November 14, 2013 by Rod Adams

President Obama should task John Richardson the same mission that President Eisenhower gave Hyman G. Rickover. Richardson is the current leader of Naval Reactors, the organization that Rickover built, and it could show others how to manufacture complete nuclear fission power systems.[read more]

Is New York's 'Greenest' Tower Really Toxic?

August 9, 2013 by Sandy Tung

A Toxic Building?

When it comes to the energy debate, knowing the facts is key to justifying where you stand. But so many articles that I read exaggerate, misinform and pick and choose convenient facts to make their arguments it makes me wonder if people still do real research.[read more]

Research Facility Launched To Boost Wind Energy Farm Output

August 7, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Wind Energy Farm

A new research facility could help solve one of wind energy’s biggest limiting factors – the slowing effect multiple turbines have upon wind strength and power output within large wind farms. It is the first-ever facility dedicated to how turbine wake affects downwind production.[read more]

$23 Million Energy Storage Research Center Launched In New York State

August 4, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Energy Innovation in New York

New York State is making an aggressive push to expand smart grid and renewable energy with a public/private partnership, by building the Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) testing and commercialization center in Rochester, New York.[read more]

British Columbia's Carbon Tax After Five Years

July 30, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

Debates about BC’s carbon tax have generated much heat and little light, a study from the University of Ottawa have just released a good effort to rectify this situation. Comparing fuel consumption before and after the carbon tax, they detect a significant change.[read more]

Fracking Facts: Four Questions About UTA Water Quality Study

July 29, 2013 by Steve Everley

A new study suggests at least a correlative link between well water contaminants and natural gas development. Researchers sampled water wells in north Texas that sit atop the Barnett Shale and compared them against historical water quality data from the same counties.[read more]

Wastewater, Seismic Activity, and Fracking Facts

July 24, 2013 by Steve Everley

Last week, new research published in Science discovered that earthquakes can trigger seismic activity near injection wells – activity that, according to the studies, was going to occur anyway.[read more]

Los Angeles, Paris Participate in Megacities Carbon Project [VIDEO]

July 8, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Cities are responsible for 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Los Angeles and Paris are both participating in the Megacities Carbon Project to develop methods for measuring greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]