With all the hype and the investment that has been given to the solar industry in recent years, it should come as no surprise that the industry is taking off. That means job opportunities in the industry are also plentiful. READ MORE
If solar is the world’s most plentiful source of energy, it could be argued that the practical implications of solar technology should be equally limitless. While the effectiveness of solar power has so far been mostly realized in the domain of rooftop photovoltaic cells, concentrated solar is a growing viable alternative that ratchets up the resource to the utility-scale level. READ MORE
One of the beauties of new technology is its ability to give us things we never knew we needed and then get us hooked on it.
A case in point may be the LuminAR. This prototype, designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) doctoral student Natan Linder and MIT professor Pattie Maes, combines two mechanical components to create an evolved version of so-called augmented reality (AR). READ MORE
It’s been said that, if you talk to three economists, you will get no less than four different and equally plausible explanations for why the economy is the way it is. This same principle could be applied to recent observations about the nation’s housing market. By various accounts, the housing market appears to be steadying itself after several years of turmoil. READ MORE
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
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