Accidental discovery greatly reduces battery charging time

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2019/05/10/oops-scientists-accidentally-create-new-material-that-makes-batteries-charge-much-faster/ Oops! Scientists accidentally create new material that makes batteries charge much faster by THE CONVERSATION — 7 days ago in SYNDICATION Credit: The Conversation 9 SHARES Some of the most famous scientific discoveries happened by accident. From Teflon and the microwave oven to penicillin, scientists trying to solve a problem sometimes find unexpected things. This is exactly how we created phosphorene nanoribbons – … Continue reading Accidental discovery greatly reduces battery charging time

Solar panels about to get much less expensive

This could be a real game changer. https://www.inverse.com/article/55820-a-key-solar-panel-defect-has-been-solved-and-that-may-mean-big-price-drops Solar Energy: Adding Selenium Can Increase Power and Cut Costs for Solar Panels Cadmium telluride could offer a cheaper alternative to silicon. By Mike Brown on May 14, 2019 Filed Under Energy Move over, silicon: an alternative solar panel material is making great strides in efficiency, which could mean thinner designs and prices so low … Continue reading Solar panels about to get much less expensive

Yet more McKibben on how climate activists failed to make their case about the dangers of natural gas and fracking

A year old, but unfortunately not outdated. A major battle is taking place, as I write, about whether the Williams Pipeline, will make fracked fuel a major part of NYC's energy supply with a pipeline running thru NY Harbor. https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-climate-activists-failed-to-make-clear-the-problem-with-natural-gas-mckibben OPINION How Climate Activists Failed to Make Clear the Problem with Natural Gas The climate … Continue reading Yet more McKibben on how climate activists failed to make their case about the dangers of natural gas and fracking

5 best TED talks about renewable energy

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/5-best-ted-talks-about-renewable-energy? APRIL 12, 2019 | 10:49 AM 5 OF THE BEST TED TALKS ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY Let’s be real: Renewable energy is super cool. Harnessing virtually limitless energy from the natural world? Check. Without releasing dangerous carbon pollution into our atmosphere? Double check.Around the world, cities, states, countries, and companies are making the switch to … Continue reading 5 best TED talks about renewable energy

Older buildings can be made more energy efficient — it only requires the interest and will

This article about two pre-World War II co-ops on the Upper West Side of NYC is definitely a bit technical, but it illustrates that it's worth making changes even to older buildings. The management of the two buildings contemplate a saving of 5-10% of their energy expenditures. That will occur year after year and will … Continue reading Older buildings can be made more energy efficient — it only requires the interest and will

Canadian coal-fired power plant transformed into solar farm

Unfortunately, when it comes to fossil fuels and Canada, my first thought is the concerted efforts by the miners of some of the dirtiest fuels on the planet to send them by pipeline thru pristine areas of the US. My view is, if you like the stuff so much, send it across your beautiful country to … Continue reading Canadian coal-fired power plant transformed into solar farm

Congestion pricing in NYC a big deal

The first reactions to the imposition of congestion pricing in Manhattan for travel below 50th street fit in three basic categories: (1) Can I get an exception? (2) Why impose a few on private vehicles when the problem is (fill in the blank -- Uber, Lyft, too many cabs, night-time trucks)? (3) how is it … Continue reading Congestion pricing in NYC a big deal