Energy Vault has created a new storage system in which a six-arm crane sits atop a 33-storey tower, raising and lowering concrete blocks and storing energy in a similar method to pumped hydropower stations. How does the process compare to other forms of energy storage, such as batteries and pumped-storage hydro?
Robial, a new spinout company from the University of West England, is planning to commercialise a technology that converts urine and wastewater into electricity, powering lighting, mobile phones and other devices. But just how far can you get on pee power?
The Power Potential project in England is developing the world’s first grid-scale smart network. The company in charge, UK Power Networks, claims it could save energy consumers in the region of £400m by 2050, and generate an additional 4GW of capacity to the country’s energy mix. What is the project hoping to achieve?
The International Energy Agency predicts that solar power will outpace all other forms of energy by 2040, but solar energy’s inevitable downfall is that it can’t work when the sun isn’t shining. Enter Neutrino Energy and its Power Cubes, able to harness the power of cosmic radiation, or neutrinos, even in total darkness. So what are neutrinos and how can they power the future?
Loyal energy customers from 11 million households, who have continued to purchase electricity from suppliers with poor value energy tariffs, will now be subject to a government price cap from 1 January 2019.
Scientists at Stanford University in the US have discovered that recent droughts in western states such as California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington have caused a rise in greenhouse gas emissions due to the need for fossil fuels to replace US hydropower projects in particularly dry periods.