jackd (64557) writes "Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. The device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being “compact,” Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to city power stations. It may even revive the concept of large, nuclear-powered aircraft that virtually never require refueling." Link to Original Source top
jackd (64557) writes "Quite an interesting news piece on a new giant wind turbine being able to produce a whopping 7 MW, designed for rough sea conditions. Each new Vestas turbine will be able to provide electricity for 6,500 homes. The turbine has a greater capacity to generate electricity than any machine currently working at sea. Can't help but think this announcement is relevant in the face of the nuclear troubles, but how can they possibly cope with energy demand, or compete with one 1,000 MW nuclear plant." Link to Original Source top
jackd (64557) writes "Great article in Technology Review, bordering on "too good to be true" about a small company in Texas who has developed the
replacement for the electrochemical battery. No more Litium Ion. From the article: "The company boldly claims that its system [..] will dramatically outperform the best lithium-ion batteries on the market in terms of energy density, price, charge time, and safety. [..] The implications are enormous and, for many, unbelievable. Such a breakthrough has the potential to radically transform a transportation sector already flirting with an electric renaissance.""