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Electrochaea GmbH - Power-to-Gas Energy Storage |
Using methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus in a bioreactor to convert hydrogen and CO2 into biofuel methane for easier energy storage. Though how the hydrogen is made is kinda key, as that affects end-to-end efficiency
biorefinery  biofuel  methane  production  biocatalyst  microbe  bacteria  microorganism  green  energy  bioreactor 
19 days ago by asteroza
Potential for natural evaporation as a reliable renewable energy resource | Nature Communications
Using evaporation to generate power, in this case via a piston engine setup. Kinda prefers a dry place though, where water isn't found...
evaporation  power  generator  piston  engine  research  technology  green  energy 
8 weeks ago by asteroza
Carnegie Clean Energy
Formerly did raw seawater pumping to shore, but the friction losses apparently were insurmountable, and the latest design has a wave pump driven hydraulic motor running an electrical generator within the buoy for PTO.
CETO  wave  green  energy  point  absorber  buoy  power  generator 
july 2017 by asteroza
REDstack heeft als doel het ontwikkelen en vermarkten van de RED technologie.
Not pressure retarded osmosis, but reverse electrodialysis power generation using freshwater/seawater salinity gradients.
reverse  electrodialysis  power  generator  green  energy  freshwater  seawater  water  salinity  gradient  Delicious 
may 2017 by asteroza
Harvesting Hydrogen Gas from Air Pollutants with an Unbiased Gas Phase Photoelec...
Uses light, air, and organic pollutants to create hydrogen gas and clean the air apparently. Works better without oxygen, but does work with ambient air and light only.
photoelectrochemical  cell  titanium  oxide  photoanode  hydrogen  gas  production  light  solar  green  energy  air  pollution  synfuel  Delicious 
may 2017 by asteroza
Systematic Variation of the Optical Bandgap in Titanium Based Isoreticular Metal...
They found MOF's that can operate as photocatalysts to breakdown CO2, so potentially workable as an artificial photosynthesis path
MOF  artificial  photosythesis  CO2  breakdown  photocatalyst  blue  light  solar  fuel  synfuel  green  energy  materials  science  research  technology  Delicious 
april 2017 by asteroza
Dearman
Interesting engine that works on expansion of liquid nitrogen as the working fluid in a piston engine (similar to compressed air engines), but the real savings is for refrigerated goods delivery vehicles, that can use the cold exhaust for cooling cargo. Wonder how well it pairs with hybrid electric drivetrains, or functioning as a range extender?
liquid  cryogenic  LN2  engine  powerplant  motor  propulsion  green  nitrogen  Delicious 
january 2017 by asteroza
Accio Energy
Uh, so releasing charged droplets from a wind permiated panel somehow generates large DC voltage differentials that can be harvested for power.
electrohydrodynamic  power  generator  ARPA-E  charged  mist  DC  green  energy  permiable  membrane  wind  offshore  buoy  marine  engineering  ocean  floating  Delicious 
december 2016 by asteroza
TransActive Grid | Secure, transactional control of utility systems
Using blockchain ledgers to facilitate energy credit microtransactions between local neighborhood power producers and consumers. Not entirely crazy, in the sense that you are offloading net metering payment ops to a consumer distributed system. Doesn't necessarily solve the problem of power distribution control information sharing in a net metering environment though.
local  energy  microgrid  credit  transaction  bitcoin  blockchain  neighborhood  electricity  green  Delicious 
july 2016 by asteroza
Casas em Movimento
Using the whole house/roof as a sun tracker is kinda interesting, when the interior walls are exposed to exterior lighting in the daytime, but sealing up at night for better insulation?
heliograph  house  green  architecture  building  construction  roof  solar  PV  panel  sun  tracker  rotating  tilting  Delicious 
february 2016 by asteroza
Azura Wave
Actually made by EHL and some other group in New Zealand
Azura  wave  energy  power  generator  green  ocean  Delicious 
july 2015 by asteroza
Masonry from industrial waste
Interesting ambient temperature curing bricks, using boiler ash and alkali chemical curing. Regular brick manufacturing uses 1000C kilns, which use a lot of energy/fuel.
ambient  temperature  alkali  curing  building  construction  brick  boiler  ash  green  manufacturing  masonry  Eco-BLAC  Delicious 
june 2015 by asteroza
Energy from the earth: Japan starts building large geothermal plant after long hiatus- Nikkei Asian Review
42MW ain't much, and it took 22 years of site surveys (and likely greasing hands of local onsen associations), but it's a start. That 13% ROI vs 6% for solar is a bit surprising...
japan  akita  yuzawa  geothermal  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
may 2015 by asteroza
バブル90特設サイト(Bubble90)株式会社DG SALES 株式会社ディージーセールス
Weird air bubble entrainment nozzle design that cuts water use but still has pressure (doesn't feel like poor performing low flow nozzle) and cleans the same amount. It actually seems to be encapsulating air bubbles.
japan  water  faucet  nozzle  attachment  retrofit  replacement  low  consumption  green  air  bubble  entrainment  Delicious 
may 2015 by asteroza
WARP ENECO
The windage of the redirection plates plates is nontrivial, but this is somewhat interesting.
HAWT  venturi  wind  tubine  power  generator  concept  green  energy  Delicious 
april 2015 by asteroza
LTA windpower | Main Page
Interesting that they use hydrogen as their primary lifting gas (which is reasonable) as a way to defeat tether mass that has to be lifted, to allow higher altitudes. But, why can't you do something like GreenDiver with a hard inflated shell wing structure, with an inner lift gas cavity?
LTA  aerodyne  aerostat  kite  tethered  blimp  airship  airbone  wind  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
january 2015 by asteroza
Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight : Nature : Nature Publishing Group
Interesting mixed material which re-emits heat at atmospheric IR transparency windows, effectively becoming a passive cooler. So an external radiator on earth covered with this paint can get pretty cool.
photonic  radiative  cooling  solar  radiator  mirror  selective  thermal  emitter  materials  science  research  technology  passive  hafnium  silicon  dioxide  tuned  cooler  nanoparticle  layer  IR  infrared  transparency  window  atmospheric  green  paint  surface  treatment  Delicious 
december 2014 by asteroza
Wave Energy :: ALBATERN :: WaveNET
Interesting wave energy power generator design, using linkable modules. Similar to pelamis, but all the hydraulic piston stuff is done underwater it seems.
waveNET  modular  pneumatic  pump  wave  motion  power  generator  marine  renewable  green  energy  research  technology  array  hydraulic  structure  ocean  Delicious 
november 2014 by asteroza
Home - climeworks.com
An actual direct air capture system in commercial operation
air  carbon  capture  CO2  direct  green  heat  swing  amine  granulate  porous  media  filter 
october 2014 by asteroza
4 companies announce $8B wind farm outside Chugwater
Apparently DresserRand is in on this new CAES facility in Utah. No mention of compression heat storage though...
utah  CAES  green  energy  storage  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
alacaes
Combining a pebble thermal energy store for thermal energy recovery with tunneled underground air cavities for CAES. Possible boost of the thermal store with CPV or CSP systems. Maybe using vertically bored tunnels as well? Are they stuffing the air cavities with pebbles for thermal storage too?
engineered  reservoir  CAES  thermal  energy  storage  rock  gravel  pebble  store  green  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
airlight energy
Hrm, one type is a concrete trough with inflatable membranes as a general solar concentrator type, the other is a concentrator dish using an array of flat disc mirrors.
CPV  inflatable  solar  concrete  trough  CSP  thermal  PV  hybrid  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy Inc - Creating a safe, clean energy for all on Earth.
Using a wave buoy based pump to compress air for a UWCAES setup. Problem is the heat loss (since it would be hard to recover), means you lose a lot of efficiency in the CAES system. I suppose they eat the loss, since the primary power source is renewable wave energy, rather than a grid input.
UWCAES  CAES  underwater  ocean  compressed  air  energy  storage  bag  balloon  green  wave  pump  buoy  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
Commercial Grid Scaling of Energy Bags for Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage
Some improvements in the design of high tensile strength balloon bags as a compressed air energy storage device, as a spinoff from doing Bigelow Aerospace TransHab style inflatable space station module production and research.
UWCAES  CAES  underwater  ocean  energy  storage  bag  balloon  compressed  air  green  structural  tendon  strip  fabric  textile  research  technology  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
silent, invisible, predictable, renewable energy - tidal technology - openhydro
Didn't know DCNS got involved with these guys. DCNS seems to be pretty active in ocean energy work, what with their submarine nuclear powerplant and OTEC work...
DCNS  tidal  current  open  core  hub  rotor  turbine  power  generator  marine  structure  engineering  green  energy  hardware  electronics  devices  underwater  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
Kolkata firm to help NHPC set up floating 50-mw solar power plant in Kerala
Use a floating solar PV setup on top of a water reservoir to reduce evaporation and secure large flat areas.
reservoir  cap  cover  solar  PV  power  generator  floating  megasolar  green  energy  india  Delicious 
august 2014 by asteroza
Air HES
Slightly insane airborne hydroelectric powerplant. The idea is to use a tethered blimp holding a fog/dew/cloud catching screen to grab water from air/clouds, with the tether doubling as a tube. The hydraulic head is non-trival, and can be shunted through through a water turbine to make power and recover the water for purification. If the generated power is enough, I suppose you could generate hydrogen gas on site for the blimps.
airborne  power  generator  tether  tethered  blimp  aerostat  balloon  fog  dew  mist  water  vapor  collector  mesh  screen  hydroelectric  green  energy  Delicious 
august 2014 by asteroza
Steam from the sun
So at 10x solar concentration, the surface cover composite sheet composed of the graphite flake thermal absorber/boiler coupled to an underlying buoyant porous carbon air foam, creates steam pretty well. I assume the insulating factor of the carbon air foam reflects more heat into the boiler region to improve efficiency, rather than letting heat travel through and warm the bulk water.
graphite  flake  porous  structure  carbon  foam  buoyancy  buoyant  composite  steam  generator  solar  thermal  green  energy  concentrator  concentrating  Delicious 
july 2014 by asteroza
Researchers Claim Development of Totally New Power Generation Device
Researcher claims it isn't Seebeck effect powered and not a primary chemical cell either.
thermoelectric  power  generator  green  energy  materials  science  research  technology  Delicious 
june 2014 by asteroza
Our solar team sets a hot and steamy world record | News @ CSIRO on WordPress.com
Demo of a direct supercritical steam cycle solar thermal power generator. Naturally, this is a direct steam heating cycle, so no thermal storage to ride out shadows and the night...
CSIRO  proof  direct  supercritical  steam  cycle  solar  thermal  concentrating  power  generator  CSP  green  energy  proof-of-concept  Delicious 
june 2014 by asteroza
Home - The Archimedes
Some sort of weird spiral blade horizontal wind turbine, with an alleged 80% Betz efficiency...
HAWT  spiral  blade  achimedes  screw  wind  turbine  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
may 2014 by asteroza
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