TAG: Energy grid

Harnessing Poop For Power Efficiently

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Pretty soon, chowing down those bean burritos may actually come in handy. Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a new method of harnessing electricity from human waste. While this concept has been around for quite some time (in one form or another), Stanford’s researchers have discovered a way of making it work even better. Basically, for all these years, we’ve been wasting the energy potential of sewage; a virtually endless source of power (with the right kind of extracting methods). The researchers created what they described as a “microbial battery”, which generates electricity from bacteria in sewage waste…. read more

Battery Breakthrough Could Benefit Solar and Wind Power

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In order to further integrate solar and wind power into the grid, one of the things that can make a big difference is finding an economical way to store and release energy, and a recent breakthrough in battery design from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University may be able to that. Because of the power fluctuations that are a natural part of solar and wind power installations, an energy storage system must be in place in order to smooth out peaks and valleys in the power supply by storing excess energy when it is generated, and discharging it when… read more

Energy Storage Required

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It is very easy to forget about the logistics of energy systems when there is so much drama and conflict surrounding the energy sources, but it is imperative that energy storage is not forgotten when a final renewable energy policy is implemented. Producing a vast amount of energy from renewable sources is excellent, but it is generally accepted that a successful renewable energy policy will produce more energy than the demand calls for, which would require storage and preservation if intentions are to not waste the energy. This is not a new concept, nor is it foreign. Refrigerators solved the… read more

A Green Economy

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Given the slow recovery of the U.S. economy, every economic solution must be explored. Obviously, there are solutions that are more credible than others. The legitimacy of oil and nuclear energy has greatly diminished by the negative effects they have on the environment, people, and recent disasters. On the other hand, renewable energy has had its credibility strengthened by technological advancements and the fact that these energies are renewable. There are many obstacles renewable energy implementation faces, but the foundation of these obstacles is that a strong, robust renewable energy economy requires an energy revolution. Opponents of renewable energy are… read more