green energy

Leuven researchers are getting closer to a new generation of solar panels

Leuven researchers are getting closer to a new generation of solar panels

A potentially new type of synthetic crystal based solar cells could leas to cheaper and more efficient solar panels.

Scotland Has a Plan to Become a World Leader in Renewable Energy

Scotland Has a Plan to Become a World Leader in Renewable Energy

A new paper outlines objectives Scotland should strive to meet if it wants to emerge a world leader in renewable energy. The nation is already making progress toward that goal, thanks to an increased use of wind power and pledges to phase out fossil fuels.

With a tight federal budget, here’s where to focus clean energy research funding

With a tight federal budget, here’s where to focus clean energy research funding

The U.S. Department of Energy spends US$3-$4 billion per year on applied energy research. These programs seek to provide clean and reliable energy and improve our energy security by driving innovation and helping companies bring new clean energy sources to market.

The cheapest way to scale up wind and solar energy? High-tech power lines

The cheapest way to scale up wind and solar energy? High-tech power lines

Wind power and solar power are ways to reduce carbon emissions, but these generation sources are dependent on the vagaries of the weather, which means neither wind nor solar can produce electricity on-demand at all hours of the day. This variability has led many to assume that greatly expanding wind and solar to reduce carbon emissions will cause electricity costs to skyrocket and require expensive energy storage.