The only eco-friendly source of "base power," that is, power that (unlike solar or wind) is available at a constant rate whenever you need it, is geothermal. This lack of reliability makes green power a hard sell, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory might have an answer: seawater.
Chalk this up under things that sort of seem like terrible ideas: geothermal energy developers are planning to pump millions of gallons of water into an active volcano in Oregon to see if they can somehow generate electricity without angering the gods.
We're still not totally sold on the technology behind the E-Cat dirt cheap eco-friendly fully operational household cold fusion thing, mostly because things that seem too good to be true usually turn out to be exactly that way. But whether we believe it or not, household systems reportedly may be available in Home Depot later this year.
On Friday, we told you about a potentially revolutionary new technology that was about to undergo its first trial in Italy: called the E-Cat, it supposedly combines hydrogen and nickel using a catalyst to generate heat (and electricity) without any radiation or carbon emissions. So, has society been revolutionized over the weekend? Not quite.
Today in Italy, a new energy technology called the E-Cat is undergoing its first independent test of energy output. The E-Cat supposedly uses low-energy nuclear reactions to produce massive amounts of cheap and clean power, and if it works, it could completely revolutionize our entire society. If it works.
When we think about geothermal energy, we usually think about somewhere like Iceland, which has more volcanoes that it knows what to do with. But according to a new study funded by Google.org, the U.S. has the potential to easily, right now, replace all of our coal-fired power plants with clean and endless geothermal power.
In 2008, 85.8% of all of the plastic used in the United States ended up in a landfill. It wasn't reused or recycled, and it wasn't turned into energy. A new study from Columbia University says that turning landfill-bound plastics into energy instead would not only produce energy, but save money and the environment all at the same time.
The Large Hadron Collider over in Europe may be making all the physics headlines as of late, but the U.S. Department of Energy is trying to scrape together between one and two billion dollars to build a particle physics lab deep in an abandoned gold mine underneath South Dakota.
In what can't possibly fail to be a symbolic gesture, old coal mines in Germany are being repurposed into giant storage tanks for wind energy.
Big waves can be bad news for coastal areas, and over time, even moderate wave action can erode beaches down to nothing. In one of those schemes that sounds crazy but isn't, Chinese researchers have developed a system that uses concrete cylinders to render coastlines effectively invisible to incoming waves.