Will the small petrol state soon be solar powered?
- The United Arab Emirates is on a solar kick — it has just opened the world's largest solar farm.
- This is only one of several huge power plants they've opened recently.
- While the country is still heavily dependent on oil, the new solar plants may change things.
Cornell University researchers propose using biology to transform the storage of sustainable energy.
- Scientists from Cornell University suggest using biology to transform sustainable energy storage.
- The researchers propose combining biological and non-biological electrochemical engineering to improve on photosynthesis.
- Using electroactive microbes can produce biofuels.
The relentless sun makes life in the Sahara almost unbearable. But could it also be its greatest resource?
- If the Sahara Desert were a country, it would be the fifth largest in the world.
- Each square metre receives, on average, between 2,000 and 3,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy per year.
- There are two practical technologies at the moment to generate solar electricity within this context: concentrated solar power (CSP) and regular photovoltaic solar panels.
While there's plenty to be worried about, it's important to remember that we're making progress, too.
- If we do nothing, global temperatures could rise as high as 10 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
- Fortunately, humanity is hard at work at keeping temperature increases below the 2 degrees Celsius mark.
- These 7 projects are just a snapshot of what humanity is collectively doing to fight back and beat climate change.
A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.
- The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
- The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
- It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.