It makes sense that, as each form of digital technology goes wireless, the process of charging up all those devices would eventually go wireless, too. Soon, even electric vehicles (EVs) will have the ability to charge up without wires. READ MORE
It’s almost an axiom of technology that some of the greatest innovations in consumer electronics come from the military. For example, microwave ovens are linked to the first radar technology developed by the military in World War II.
Now the military is revisiting that old technology in the hopes that it may lead to another level of innovation in communications. READ MORE
With all of the help and all of the hype they have enjoyed in the last few years, renewables are starting to get their proverbial legs underneath them. That is not to say they have progressed beyond the point where they could use some assistance from the public sector. READ MORE
Those who follow the emergence of renewables know that one of the biggest drawbacks is intermittency. The wind and the sun are not necessarily most plentiful when electricity is in demand.
The solution to this problem is storage. Stored power can be turned on whenever it’s needed regardless of when it was generated. The energy sector has responded with a strong interest. READ MORE
Just as every new technology thrives on its own promise, drawbacks and flaws in the initial design also hold back progress. For example, computers were once the size of a room. Calculators were initially too expensive for most people to own. Until recently, solar and wind power were seen almost exclusively as the domain of large industries. READ MORE
With all of the attention given to new, clean sources of power in this country, it is sometimes surprising, if not a little disheartening, to learn that other countries actually have bested us in one measure or another. READ MORE
In the ongoing national conversation about the role of clean, alternative sources of power, various measures exist to gauge the success of these industries in grabbing a bigger share of our nation’s total energy consumption. READ MORE