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Fusion energy pushed back beyond 2050 – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40558758?SThisFB It seems that using fusion energy will be promising looking “around the corner” technology for quite many years according to a new version of a European “road map”. The road map drawn up by scientists and engineers at EUROfusion lays out the technological hurdles to be overcome. We will have to wait until the second half of

Finnish demo plant produces renewable fuel from carbon dioxide captured from the air

http://www.vttresearch.com/media/news/finnish-demo-plant-produces-renewable-fuel-from-carbon-dioxide-captured-from-the-air The unique Soletair demo plant developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) uses carbon dioxide to produce renewable fuels and chemicals. The pilot plant is coupled to LUT’s solar power plant in Lappeenranta.

Radiators powered by excess computing energy are heating homes for free

https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/radiators-powered-excess-computing-energy-are-heating-homes-free_en.html Is this stupid or ingenious? French company Qarnot has developed small devices known as Q.rads, tiny remote computers that when networked together have the capacity to provide a cloud computing service to companies. The heat generated by the Q.rads, which are situated in residential and public buildings, is then used to heat the buildings,

Nissan launches British-made home battery to rival Tesla’s Powerwall | Business | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/04/nissan-launches-british-made-home-battery-to-rival-teslas-powerwall Batteries that have powered electric cars around the UK will get a second life providing energy storage for households, with the launch this week of a British-made home battery to rival the one made by Elon Musk’s Tesla. I mentioned Tesla battery a year ago in this blog at  http://www.epanorama.net/newepa/2015/05/02/watch-elon-musk-announce-tesla-energy-in-the-best-tech-keynote-ive-ever-seen-the-verge/

What It Would Really Take to Run the World off of Renewable Energy

http://interestingengineering.com/really-take-run-world-off-renewable-energy/ With electric power establishing itself even further into our modern society, generating it is becoming an even more complex issue. As we seek to find a sustainable power source, we are naturally drawn to the thought of renewable energy. However, the question remains, what would it really take to run the world completely off of

Using a supercapacitor for power management and energy storage in IoT

http://www.edn.com/design/power-management/4458294/Using-a-supercapacitor-for-power-management-and-energy-storage-with-a-small-solar-cell–Part-1 The environment has abundant energy but little power. Energy harvesting can tap the environment’s “infinite” source of energy, and avoids the cost of wiring to mains power or replacing of batteries. This article will look at using small solar cells.  Depending on the light level, whether indoors or out, small solar cells may deliver

Power Integrations highlights importance of power factor correction at APEC 2017 | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-products/electronic-product-reviews/other/4458242/Power-Integrations-highlights-importance-of-power-factor-correction–at-APEC-2017?utm_content=bufferce187&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Power factor correction is the process of improving a low power factor in a facility by increasing the ratio of real (working) power to apparent (total) power. Power-factor correction allows the input current to continuously flow, reduces the peak input current, and reduces the energy loss in the power supply, thus improving its operation