The devastating March earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a meltdown at the country’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and triggered the latest cycle of drama in the ongoing and tumultuous affair with nuclear power.
All the policies, rhetoric and tax incentives may be finally starting to pay off. New statistics reveal that wind power and other renewables are showing sustained and consistent growth, a sign that they may have reached a new stage of maturity in the American energy market.
A May report from Pike Research forecasts that, between 2010 and 2015, more than 1.3 million plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be purchased for use in fleet operations, with nearly 400,000 vehicles being sold annually by the end of 2015.
The traditional method of thinking in nanoscale materials is that smaller is better, but researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering are challenging traditional thermoelectric theory.
With no shortage of sunlight, solar power is an attractive option in Florida. To help ramp up the appeal, the state’s largest electric utility has thrown in some generous financial incentives. This summer, Florida Power & Light Co.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urged residents in the Atlanta area to check their homes for counterfeit smoke alarms. About 18,500 such alarms were distributed for free between 2006 through May 2011 as part of the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program.
Risk is a part of life, but it’s more immediate and apparent in some lives—including those spent in the construction industry. Every construction project starts with some uncertainties. Will anything prevent us from accomplishing what we promised? Will we make a reasonable profit?
By adding the right amount of heat, researchers have developed a method that improves the electrical capacity and recharging lifetime of sodium-ion rechargeable batteries, which could be a cheaper alternative for large-scale uses, such as storing energy on the electrical grid.
Lighting evolves based on need. Incandescent made way for brighter fluorescent. Fluorescent made room for solid-state lighting (SSL). The next big idea may be light-emitting diodes (LEDs). While they are an SSL source, LEDs are new to general lighting applications.
Any given year has its predictions. If you’re reading this article, the world as we knew/know it didn’t end on May 21—one of the most publicized predictions for 2011. In Chicago, Cubs fans may yet again be asserting that next year will be the year their team goes all the way.