ARDP…

Topics: Applied Physics, Alternate Energy, Climate Change, Nuclear Power According to the US Energy Information Administration, the US uses a mixture of 60.8% fossil fuel sources to generate 2,504 billion kilowatt hours of energy. Our nuclear expenditure is a paltry 18.9%. The totality of renewable sources (wind, hydropower, solar, biomass, and geothermal) is a littleContinue reading “ARDP…”

Perovskite and Maxima…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Battery, Chemistry, Civilization, Climate Change A longstanding explanation for why perovskite materials make such good solar cells has been cast into doubt thanks to new measurements. Previously, physicists ascribed the favorable optoelectronic properties of lead halide perovskites to the behavior of quasiparticles called polarons within the material’s crystal lattice. Now,Continue reading “Perovskite and Maxima…”

Racing Green…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Battery, Biofuels, Climate Change, Global Warming Cars – and in particular racecars – might seem the villains in a world grappling with climate change. Racing Green: How Motorsport Science Can Change the World hopes to convince you of exactly the opposite, with science journalist Kit Chapman showing how motorsports not only pioneers new, planet-friendlierContinue reading “Racing Green…”

Quantum Charging…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Battery, Green Tech, Nanotechnology, Quantum Mechanics Note: I’m in the semifinals of the 3-Minute Thesis competition, so I decided to focus on my presentation. Wish me luck. This does, however, relate to our need as a species to get off fossil fuels as soon as possible, so things like Ukraine, Crimea, andContinue reading “Quantum Charging…”

M.A.D…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Battery, Biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Politics Want another reason to loathe Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Just look at how it may completely doom the Paris climate accords — and our planet. According to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the problem of climate change — which he admitted was “not solved” during the COP26Continue reading “M.A.D…”

Lithium and Caveats…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Battery, Biofuels, Chemistry, Climate Change, Environment California and the Biden administration are pushing incentives to make the United States a global leader in a market that’s beginning to boom: the production of lithium, the lightweight metal needed for the batteries of electric vehicles, and for the storage of renewable energy from powerContinue reading “Lithium and Caveats…”

Exciton Surfing…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Solar Power Organic solar cells (OSCs) are fascinating devices where layers of organic molecules or polymers carry out light absorption and subsequent transport of energy – the tasks that make a solar cell work. Until now, the efficiency of OSCs has been thought to be constrained byContinue reading “Exciton Surfing…”

Thorium…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Climate Change, Nuclear Power, Thorium The Royal Society of Chemistry: Thorium (named for a certain Marvel character). If China’s experimental reactor is a success it could lead to commercialization and help the nation meet its climate goals. Scientists are excited about an experimental nuclear reactor using thorium as fuel, which is aboutContinue reading “Thorium…”

Power Density…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Green Tech, Thermodynamics Optimizing the placement of turbines within a wind farm can significantly increase energy extraction – but only until the installation reaches a certain size, researchers in the US conclude. This is just one finding of a computational study on wind turbines’ effects on theContinue reading “Power Density…”

The Power of ASM…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Atomic-Scale Microscopy, Nanotechnology When Ondrej Krivanek first considered building a device to boost the resolution of electron microscopes, he asked about funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. “The response was not positive,” he says, laughing. He heard through the grapevine that the administrator who held the purse strings declaredContinue reading “The Power of ASM…”