energy
A 30-Year-Old Reactor in Oxfordshire Could Set the World Record for Nuclear Fusion

In 1984, an EU-funded prototype nuclear fusion reactor called JET was officially opened by Queen Lizzy, and has been happily fusion-ing away ever since, even setting a world record for fusion energy back in 1997. The old gal's not done yet, however, and following an upgrade a few years ago, the scientists in charge want to have another go at a world record shot. Read More >>

environment
Turkey's New Eco City Could Be Heated with Leftover Pistachio Shells

As one of the world's largest producer of pistachios, Turkey has plenty of pistachio shells to go around. So, in the tradition of turning food waste into energy, officials are proposing to burn pistachio shells for heat in Turkey's first ever eco city—and it's not a totally nutty idea. Read More >>

science
Scientists Figured Out a Way to Help Power Homes with Toilet Flushes

A team of researchers in South Korea have a pretty exciting new idea for hydroelectricity. They figured out a way to turn the mechanical energy from flowing water into a sustainable energy source. In other words, your toilet flushes could help power your home. Read More >>

energy
Electric Lights are Too Expensive—Why Not Brighten the Moon?

Think of all the power it takes to light up empty car parks at night. Think of how annoying it can be when the sun goes down, yet you didn't finish all your work for the day. Think of how great it would be if we could just extend daytime, reduce the cost of lighting up all those empty streets and garages, and keep our cities as excessively illuminated as they already are today. We should just brighten the moon. Read More >>

science
The Cool Promise of Machines That Run on Body Heat

The human body at rest radiates 100 watts of heat—heat that does nothing other than make crowded rooms stuffy. But body heat can be converted to electricity, and new technology is always improving the process. With the rise of wearables, the body heat-powered device becomes an ever more tantalising promise. Read More >>

power
Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough to Power all of its US Stores

It takes a lot of energy to keep the lights on as you greedily pile cheap kitchen dongles and weird cookies into that blue bag, which is why Ikea is making a push to offset its total energy consumption by 2020. This week, it took a big step towards doing so by buying a wind farm in Illinois. Read More >>

energy
How Britain's Wind Turbine Controversy Blows Oop Narth

Energy production always manages to cause a great deal of tension in this country, and certain people in power are even trying their very best to get on-shore wind farms banned. I live in Rochdale, which is roughly ten miles north of Manchester, the home of the largest on-shore wind farm in the country – Scout Moor. Read More >>

energy
The Floating Super-Factories Spawned by Our Insatiable Hunger For Gas

The world's ever-growing demand for gas is driving companies deeper and further into the ocean to drill for it. And, to do so, they're building a new type of ship: small city-sized floating factories that drill, process, refine, and barrel gas while still out on the open sea. Think of them as one-stop gas shops that, crucially, can operate in international waters. Read More >>

electricity
Wind Power in CRISIS as David Cameron Plans Attack on "Unsightly" Onshore Turbines

The modern electric windmill industry might be about to suffer an enormous setback, thanks to rumours that our PM is about to go public with a dislike of "unsightly" wind farms and could fight the 2015 election on a promise to rid the country of the menace of the turbines altogether. Read More >>

energy
Nest: "Heat or Eat" Dilemmas Could Disappear Thanks to Learning Thermostat Savings

Launching in the UK today, Nest's Learning Thermostat aims to smartly save you money on your energy bills by adapting your heating schedules as it learns your preferences and habits. But with a £179 initial outlay (£249 including a recommended installation fee), will cash-strapped Brits take to the gadget the same way their US counterparts have? Read More >>

energy
Nest's 'Learning Thermostat' Warms UK Cockles With Npower Partnership

The poster child for the Internet of Things push into our homes, saving thousands of Americans money on their energy bills and being one of Google's latest major acquisitions, Nest's Learning Thermostat today lands in UK shops, having jumped through the hoops of Blighty's labyrinthine array of residential boilers. Read More >>

power
Why is My Laptop On?

"Why is my laptop on?" does not seem like a complex question. But when I tried to answer it this week—to really answer it—I realised that I only kind of understood energy pretty well. Read More >>

power
The Tallest Wind Turbine Ever Will Float Above Alaska

304 metres off the ground, the wind blows brisk and uninterrupted. But how do you build such a tall, thin beam to support a turbine's blades? You don't—you float the generator in a giant helium balloon. The world's first floating commercial wind turbine will soon be hovering over Fairbanks, Alaska. Read More >>

environment
3D-Printed, Flexible, Hyper-Sensitive Solar Panels Coming to a Manbag Near You

The future of micro-solar may have been created by technicians at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, who claim to have built a low-power solar solution that's as flexible as cloth and could lead to a future in which solar trousers generate enough power to trickle charge your iPad as long as you splay your legs wide enough in the general direction of the light. Read More >>

energy
A Quick Guide to Sounding Smart When You Talk About Energy

In 2014, we're constantly hearing words like clean energy, solar power, fossil fuels, carbon emissions, the price of oil, and fracking. And if you're like me, you know what some of those words mean but you're hazy on others. Read More >>

energy
The World's Largest Solar Plant is Blinding Pilots

We probably should have seen this coming. At the Ivanpah solar power plant near Las Vegas, a massive glittering field of 170,000 garage door-sized mirrors reflects sunlight. And all those mirrors are making flying near Ivanpah not so fun—or safe. Read More >>

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