We can now efficiently split water to make hydrogen, but a practical way to make fuels via artificial photosynthesis remains an elusive goal.
Take a glass hemisphere, fill with sulfuric acid, and rotate inside the world’s most powerful magnetic field. The result: a scale model of the dynamo that generates Earth’s magnetic field.
Using software to unify solar panels and battery storage creates a single, flexible resource that utilities can use to supply the grid.
Unfortunately, that’s not enough to win the climate-change battle.
Solar and nuclear power both face economic and political obstacles to rapid build-out.
Reykjavík Energy’s CarbFix project has found that carbon dioxide injected into volcanic bedrock rapidly turns into minerals that stay locked away permanently.
A new system for making liquid fuel from sunlight, water, and air is a promising step for solar fuels.
A pilot plant north of Vancouver is testing a process to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, hoping to prove it is economically viable.
A new report predicts that cheaper solar installations still leave big challenges for renewable energy.
Two companies that have built their business on leasing solar panels are suffering as customers are increasingly looking to buy.