San Francisco to start running a hydrogen-powered ferry

The California Air Resources Board is allocating $3m funding for a hydrogen fuel passenger ferry in the bay area. The project will cost a total of $5.5m. The new ferry will be called the “Water-Go-Round”. San Francisco seems to be welcoming – it has a particular problem with maritime pollution. The new ferry will help show a way forward for tackling that problem... read more

Ocean solar rigs and conversion of sea water to hydrogen fuel

Last year in China, the world’s largest floating solar farm went into operation. The size of about 160 American football fields, it is a 40MW facility which can provide power for approximately 15,000 homes. A team from Columbia University has developed a device called a “floating photovoltaic electrolyzer” which stands to make floating solar farms more productive... read more

Team combines quantum physics and photosynthesis to make discovery that could lead to highly efficient solar cells

Nathan Gabor, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, is working on a way to combine photosynthesis and physics to make solar power generation better. Gabor’s work focuses on the use of light to test the laws of quantum mechanics but he was led to photosynthesis when he wondered why plants are green... read more

How will the energy map be shaped on a global scale?

With the start of a dynamic new year accompanied by many political uncertainties and the obscurity of new beginnings- turmoil markets, dramatic shifts in investment trends, the rise of climate change threats as we have never seen it before and 125 countries ratifying the Paris Agreement- one indubitable question echoes loud: how will the energy map be shaped on the global scale?... read more

New Electrical Energy Storage Material shows its Power Nanomaterial Combines Attributes of both Batteries and Supercapacitors

Northwestern University chemist, William Dechtel, and his research team have developed a new material which could increase the charging rate of batteries. The material can store a large amount of energy like a battery and charge and dispense energy quickly like a supercapacitor...  read more

Brave forecast or head in the sand?

Will OPEC's defiant nature and it's refusal to acknowledge social, political and technological change lead to their downfall? The one thing history has taught us is that empires do not last and regimes need to evolve and change with the times or get destroyed in the process. "Thirty years from now there will be a huge amount of oil - and no buyers. Oil will be left in the ground. The Stone Age came to an end, not because we had a lack of stones." Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister, 2001  read more

Is competition a good thing?

With the ongoing UN climate change conference in Paris this week, Sky News have looked into two currently available zero-emission vehicles, one driven by hydrogen and the other by batteries, as alternatives to our tradition fossil fuel driven ones. Whilst racing the two to Paris makes the comparison into an interesting spectacle and allows both their flaws to be exposed, I am not sure this helps build the case and necessity to continue the development of both technologies and ends up detracting from the importance of both.  read more

It's not just "Us vs Them"

I'm struck by the simple narrative (especially in the US) that energy folks are either business-friendly fossil-fuel supporters, or liberal tree-hugging hippies. Climate change and the energy industry is more nuanced than that. Michael Liebrich does a great job in this column of succinctly describing the incredible transformation the energy field is undergoing, and why it's an exciting time to be in that business. read more