Solar paint converts water vapor into hydrogen fuel

Via Inhabitat:

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have created a revolutionary new solar paint that can be used to produce endless amounts of clean energy. The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/revolutionary-solar-paint-creates-endless-energy-from-water-vapor/

Artificial photosynthesis transforms atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Via Kurzweil AI

University of Central Florida (UCF) chemistry professor has invented a revolutionary way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from air by triggering artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material — breaking down carbon dioxide while also producing fuel for energy.

UCF Assistant Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his students used a synthetic material called a metal–organic framework (MOF), which converts carbon dioxide into harmless organic materials — similar to how plants convert CO2 and sunlight into food.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/new-artificial-photosynthesis-process-converts-co2-in-air-to-fuel

All Dutch trains now powered by wind energy

The Guardian reports that all trains running in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, as of 1st January 2017 (1 year ahead of schedule). 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/10/dutch-trains-100-percent-wind-powered-ns?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

South Korean fusion reactor sets new endurance record

There’s still a very long way to go before fusion reactors become viable (several decades?), but a 70 second blast of high performance plasma at a South Korean research facility could be a small step in the right direction.

Via Engadget: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/19/fusion-reactor-endurance-record/

Cryogenic storage for excess renewable energy 

The BBC reports on the trial of cold storage of energy produced by renewable sources. From the article: 

The cryogenic energy facility stores power from renewables or off-peak generation by chilling air into liquid form.

“When the liquid air warms up it expands and can drive a turbine to make electricity.”

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37902773

Tesla unveils roof tiles with integrated solar cells

Tesla has introduced Solar Roof – a new range of glass roof tiles that have built in solar cells in what could be a major next step in integrating clean and renewable energy generation into buildings and objects. 

There are four durable glass tiles to choose from that mimic slate and other colours traditionally used in roofing materials, with a solar cell below the glass.

Via: The BBC
Tesla shows off solar roof tiles – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37809151

Royal Caribbean to use LNG and fuel cells on ships to reduce emissions

Luxury cruises are increasingly popular but can come with huge environmental costs around ports and whilst at sea, due to sulfur and other harmful particulates from the heavy fuel oil burnt by most ships. Royal Caribbean is aiming to reduce such emissions from future cruise liners through a combination of liquefied natural gas and fuel cells from the early 2020’s.

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Image credit: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Source: http://www.rclcorporate.com/rcl-steps-to-the-fore-with-plans-for-fuel-cell-technology/

Via: Engadget

UK to build the world’s largest offshore windfarm

Engadget reports on plans to build the largest offshore wind farm – Hornsea Project 1 and 2 -off the east coast of the UK to generate 1,800 MW and power 1.8m homes.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/17/worlds-largest-offshore-windfarm-uk/