The future of driving is electric. The big-name car companies have plans to start giving Tesla some tough competition.
Berkeley chemists devised a new type of photovoltaic out of cesium-doped perovskite that not only provides power but also doubles as a tinted window.
IF WE’RE GOING to put the brakes on climate change, electric cars will be crucial. At least, that’s the general consensus.
The humble Mitsubishi Mirage has none of the hallmarks of a futuristic, environmentally friendly car. It is fuelled by petrol, runs on an internal combustion engine and spews exhaust emissions through a tailpipe.
TESLA JUST KEEPS making cool things. On the top of the list is its newest addition to the lineup, an all-electric semitruck.
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed what they claim is by far the most powerful wearable fuel cells that run on sweat and produce enough electricity to energize small components such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios.
In the wake of two hurricanes, Puerto Rico’s power grid was blasted back to the stone age. In an effort to return power to the people who need it, Tesla has been shipping Powerwalls over to the island.
Collaborating with the military, University of Maryland researchers made a 4-volt lithium-ion battery that runs on an aqueous-based electrolyte. With no organic solvents in its composition, the battery can’t possibly ignite or explode like the typical non-aqueous lithium-ion variety.
IN A field on the outskirts of Norwich, Innes McEwan, head of farming at Future Biogas, explains the benefits of maize. It is full of starchy energy, responds well to organic fertilisers, has a short growing season and can be cultivated in a range of soil types.
ONLY a few years ago, economists derided offshore wind as a ludicrously expensive way of cutting carbon emissions. They saw support for it by the previous government as a boondoggle to a technology whose main selling point was that Britain led the world in its use.
More than a decade into their friendship, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher can’t decide which of them is the thinker and which is the doer. They met during their first week as undergraduates in Zurich, where they studied engineering and bonded over mountain climbing and beer