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Energy Archive

  • A Practical Fuel-Cell Power Plant

    GE’s advance allows for a solid-oxide fuel cell to use coal-based fuels at costs approaching that of conventional power plants.

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  • BP Solar Sticks with Silicon

    An industry giant says a tweak to silicon manufacturing could beat more exotic materials approaches over the next decade.

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  • Printing Fuel Cells

    A new printing process could cheaply make complex fuel-cell reformers, and other microscale devices.

  • Safer, Higher-Capacity Batteries

    Silver-zinc battery chemistry could replace lithium ion in laptops and other electronics–if such batteries can be made cheaply enough.

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  • More Efficient Solar Cells

    A semiconductor material with three energy bands uses more sunlight, by trapping low-energy photons.

    14 comments

  • A Dangerous Energy Climate

    Panelists at the Emerging Technologies Conference voiced an urgent need for aggressive policies to promote energy efficiency, renewable power sources, and carbon sequestration.

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