Editor Blogs

December 2022
Hybrid Diesel/Hydrogen Engine Could Reduce Emissions by 86%
Photo from Prof. Shawn Kook

The Hydrogen-Diesel Direct Injection Dual-Fuel System has been developed by a team from the UNSW Engine Research Laboratory led by Professor Shawn Kook (right), and including Xinyu Liu (back left) and Jinxin Yang (front left).

­Electric vehicles are generally the cleanest, greenest transportation option, but they’re not always practical. And alternatives like hydrogen are often too expensive. Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney may have found a middle ground. The team at UNSW formulated a hybrid engine that ru
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12/26/2022
Texas Governor Wants to use Bitcoin as a

Texas Governor Wants to use Bitcoin as a "Demand-Side Battery"

­Now here’s an idea that sounds too crazy to be true (and it probably isn’t) – using Bitcoin to help prop up the Lone Star State’s aging energy grid. Back in May 2021, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed into law the Virtual Currency Law, aimed at legitimizing Bitcoin and making Texas a “crypto-frien
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12/19/2022
Thin solar cell turns any surface into a power source
Melanie Gonick, MIT

MIT researchers have created a scalable fabrication technique to produce ultrathin, lightweight solar cells that can be stuck onto any surface

  MIT engineers have developed a method of fabricating thin and light solar cells that can be added to any surface.   The cells that result from the new technique are durable and flexible. When glued to a strong, lightweight fabric, the cells provide an energy source which can be rapidly deploye
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12/19/2022
Testing the World's First Hydrogen-Powered Jet Engine
Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce AE2100 Hydrogen Test at Boscombe Down.

­Rolls-Royce and easyJet, a European-based airline, have taken an incremental step in decarbonizing one of the last, great fossil fuel industries. That industry is aviation, and because of the relative efficiency of jet fuel, and practical factors limiting the full electrification of the sector, it still has an
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12/12/2022
GM Launches Dealership EV Charging Network
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Chevrolet Bolt EV electric vehicle

The US has a huge part to play in the fight against climate change. In particular, its population’s love of large, gas guzzling vehicles is a major contributor to global warming. The electrification of transport in the country would go a long way to bringing its carbon emissions down. The main problem with tr
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12/08/2022
Corporate America now Represents 14% of all Solar Capacity

Corporate America now Represents 14% of all Solar Capacity

­Apparently, corporate America is a bit more socially responsible than you might think. Or they’re willing to spend copious amounts of cash to convey that impression. According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), American companies are installing record levels of solar powe
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12/05/2022
Where is the UK's semiconductor plan?
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With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), semiconductors are being use in applications that we’d never have imagined before. There are also other major factors contributing to this boom, for example, the automotive industry has seen the number of semiconductors required for vehicle manufacture rise to
Date:
12/05/2022

 


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