Category Archives: Energy Supply and Demand

Towers to convert sound into energy

In urban environments noise pollution presents a considerable hazard to inhabitants. At the recent Skyscraper Competition the company eVolo presented a novel design that takes advantage of excess noise pollution by converting sound waves into energy. Dubbed the Soundscraper, the … Continue reading

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All-carbon solar cell built by Stanford scientists

Stanford University scientists have built the first ever carbon-only solar cell which may be a promising lower cost (and high performance) alternative to current photovoltaic energy devices. Existing solar cells often rely on multi-step processing and rare metals such as … Continue reading

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An international approach for data centres

Approximately 30 million kW of electricity is used by data centres across the world, around the same as 30 nuclear power plants. The power demand in data centres (per rack) is growing very quickly for the UK and other developed … Continue reading

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Commercialisation of synthetic fuel made from air and water

Air Fuel Synthesis, an English company, has begun producing gasoline (petrol) from air and water. The company’s process combines carbon dioxide and hydrogen to create synthetic gasoline. Electrolysis is used to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen and carbon capture … Continue reading

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Deep geothermal energy in the UK

A report for the Renewable Energy Association by consultants Sinclair Knight Mertz has suggested that geothermal energy could potentially supply 20% of UK electricity. It is claimed that 100GW of heat generating capacity could be supported by geothermal projects with … Continue reading

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Pillaging the moon for space energy

Global warming, the limited nature of crude oil reserves and a universal change in the mindset over nuclear energy have created uncertainty over ensuring a stable source of clean energy for the long-term future. Recently, debate has started about the … Continue reading

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Using global warming to produce energy

The great glaciers of the Alps are melting. Several climate change scenarios, some of which are based on an average temperature increase of +4°C, predict their complete disappearance by the end of this century. As they retreat, the glaciers uncover … Continue reading

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