Hydrogen can be stored as a powder

Hydrogen as a powderIf the heavy industry can use hydrogen as an energy source, it’s a giant step in the fight against the warming from the earth. 

The Dutch inventor Gerard Luchtigheid is about to produce efficient hydrogen which can be stored as powder.

When he succeeds, this technology will be an important game changer for the International energy transition.

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Formic Acid as car fuel

Formic Acid as car fuel

In 2018 VoltaChem will demonstrate that the process can also be applied on an industrial scale.

Experiments have already been experimented with the conversion of CO2 into formic acid. The VoltaChem innovation program wants to scale the process to an industrial application.

Professor Dr. Wim Turkenburg is convinced that a “false mistake” is being made.

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Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Festivals encourage the donation of urine. It could be also used for batteries according to Standford University

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an inexpensive battery for renewable energy. This is done by making use of urea, a substance which is to be found in fertilizers and urine. Isn’t this great news? 

Standford University in a press release:

A new low-cost, high-performance battery could provide an inexpensive storage solution for solar power, which is abundant during the day but must be stored for use at night.

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Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

100 outdoor test sites in early 2018

Wattway, part of the France Colas constructions company, announced that four SolarRoad pilots will be built around the world in 2017.

Bloomberg December 4th:

(…) Colas SA, a French engineering firm, has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018. (…/) Read More

The Gravity Battery Concept

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Green power: Global investments reached USD 300 billion. A relatively large proportion of these billions has been done by emerging countries such as Burundi, Kenya, Honduras, Jordan and Uruguay.

A gravity battery could be created by using an energy source to slowly lift a large weight (using gearing or pulleys), then discharged by lowering the weight to run a generator when needed.

The gravity battery consists a tube, weight, cable and coil. When the weight is up, the battery is considered charged. Read More

Portugal 72 hours on renewables

Portugal 72 hours on renewables

Last week the German government reported that the Portugal produced so much renewable energy on a particularly sunny, windy Sunday that there was a power surplus.

In may 2016, Portugal ran for more than half a week without having to resort to fossil fuels.
Thanks to a big push toward solar, wind, and hydro power and a little nudge from the EU, for four days, Portugal produced enough clean, sustainable electricity to meet the needs of its people. Read More

Power Storage in Ammonia

Liquid Ammonia as battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

Is liquid Ammonia the solution for energy storage?

Big energy company Nuon, together with the Technical University Delft started a pilot project in which renewable energy will be stored in liquid ammonia. Read More

Solar energy – 7 reasons

Solar energy - 7 reasons

On average, manufacturers give 25 to 30 years warranty on solar panels. In practice, the panels will last much longer.

Now, solar energy is really going to break through. This is what the US Rocky Mountains Institute believes. 

The institute listed ten reasons for it. BetterWorldSolutions is pointing out 7 of them. 

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Green power generation from Urine

Green electricity from Urine. Light reduces the risk in refugee camps

The “pee-power” will be a big advantage for refugee camps. Most of the refugees don’t have any electricity: that leads to unsafe situations. Light will reduces the risk of abuse.

University of Bristol researchers are testing a new way to generate energy: generating electricity from urine.

How does this technique work exactly and what are its benefits? Read More

UK households without power after floodings

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Royal Lancaster infirmary running on generator after flooded substation cuts electricity to 55000 homes and businesses in north Lancashire.

Floodings hit tens of thousands of homes in the region of Lancaster in western England. Households don’t have electricity. 

According to the BBC, the majority of 55,000 homes in and around Lancaster are without power. Read More

Apple Singapore 100 percent solar power

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Apple is opening a store in Singapore, which will be the first one in the country to run entirely on solar energy.

By collecting the solar energy from PV systems on 800 roofs, Apple will purchase 40 gigawatt of solar power.

By Januari 2016, Apple will be running 100% on solar energy. Read More

Is hydrogen the technology of the future?

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Fuel cells (and perhaps other technologies which use hydrogen) fill certain niches in which batteries cannot compete favorably and the opposite is also true.

When I first realized that the world is transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, I fell in love with hydrogen technologies.

Splitting the most naturally abundant compound in the world, H2O, would be the ideal thing to fuel the future. However, there are really dangerous details to how this water must be split and the energy requirement is quite ridiculous.

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Desalination Solutions in the Caribbean

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Haiti gets clean drinking water

In addition, changes in weather patterns in the Caribbean due to climate change are exacerbating existing water challenges. 

Desalination is not new to the Caribbean, but extracting clean water from seawater is becoming an increasingly integral part of the region’s search for water security.

Since 2007, 68 new desalination plants have been built across the Caribbean, which now boasts an installed capacity of 782,000 cubic metres of purified water per day, according to the Caribbean Desalination Association.

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Salt water from the oceans can solve freshwater crisis

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There might be a solutions for the future. A desalination plant which is cost efficient and delivers health, cheap drinking water

It’s been a cruel irony for people in Delta Cities. An ocean full of water and not a drop to drink. 

 

There might be a solutions for the future. A desalination plant which is cost efficient and delivers health, cheap drinking water.  Read More

How do different types of renewable energy work? Video

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In order to decrease temperature rising and replace fossil energy, we need to change to renewable energy sources.

They won’t get used up or run out. We are familiair with solar energy and wind energy.

But what about hydro, fusion of geo thermal?

 

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Bujagali hydropower plant in Uganda

The 250-MW Bujagali hydropower plant in Uganda demonstrates that large-scale private power infrastructure projects can be built successfully in Africa. This is the first power project built in Uganda to secure private financing.

Interconnection with Kenya

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A historic moment for clean power: Ocean underwater turbine

Maine: ocean energy project

Maine: ocean energy project

Since September 13, 2012, an enormous underwater turbine in Maine’s Cobscook Bay began sending power inland to the Bangor Hydro electrical utility grid. It was a historic moment for clean power: the first commercial-scale, grid-connected tidal energy generator anywhere in the USA. Read More