An offshore wind test turbine has been erected behind the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on campus to evaluate sensor systems and controls in preparation for the installation of a floating turbine in the Gulf of Maine this spring as part of the DeepCwind Consortium project.
A variety of highly innovative, high energy-efficient transport systems are currently under development in Japan. Here are three such transport systems whose practical realization is now more than a dream.
To convert waste heat from solid oxide fuel cells into electricity is the goal of the HITTEC project. Researchers are developing a thermoelectric converter to make fuel cell systems more efficient, possibly generating an extra 10 per cent energy output.
Qatar Foundation in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) announced the creation of a pioneering climate change research institute. It will be the first of its kind in a country whose wealth is founded on fossil fuels.
The ice sheet in West Antarctica is melting faster than expected. New observations published by oceanographers from the University of Gothenburg and the US may improve our ability to predict future changes in ice sheet mass.
With its vast deserts and long stretches of sunny days, the Middle East would seem to be an ideal place to harness solar energy. But until now, the region has largely shunned solar because it has cost about three times more than heavily-subsidized fossil fuels.