According to the UK exploration company, Oil & Gas Investments, a major oil reserv has been recently discoveres very close to Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. The discovery news caused both excitement as well as some sceptisism by industry experts with regards to the exloitability of the reserve, while environmentalists express their own concerns over the impact to the local ecosystem.
Moving beyond the electrical car marker, Tesla revealed a few days ago, its latest achievement; a home battery that based on solar panels stores or supplies electricity to homes. With many details still unknown, the battery will be available in the market in the next few months at a cost of $3,000.
Wind energy could provide part of the solution to exit the crisis in Greece, but for such long-term investments, political stability is required, as it was mentioned by Dr. Klaus Rave, president of the World Wind Energy Council, namely the International Union of wind power industry.
A collaboration between researchers at the University of West England Bristol (UWE Bristol) and Oxfam, an international organization dedicated to fighting poverty, is proving that urine might be an invaluable source of electricity in refugee camps and other impoverished areas. For decades, utilities in developed countries have derived energy from the methane found wastewater, but in areas where such complex treatment schemes are not possible, simple solutions such as a “pee-power” toilet could offer an inexpensive and desperately needed source of energy.
Anders Bo Skov, a student at the University of Copenhagen, has achieved a breakthrough in solar energy storage with the aid of his supervisor, Mogens Brondsted Nielsen. Together they have published the paper “Towards Solar Energy Storage in the Photochromic Dihydroazulene-Vinylheptafulvene System” in the journal “Chemistry - A European Journal.” The paper outlines Skov’s success in developing molecules capable of obtaining and holding large amounts of solar energy, storing it without loss, and releasing it on demand.