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Energy Archive

  • Sun + Water = Fuel

    With catalysts created by an MIT chemist, sunlight can turn water into hydrogen. If the process can scale up, it could make solar power a dominant source of energy.

  • Solar Sailing in Space

    NASA’s Dean Alhorn, lead engineer for the NanoSail-D satellite, demonstrates how the spacecraft will deploy its solar sail in space.

  • Lithium-Ion Motorcycles

    Better batteries are making electric motorcycles possible, providing a cleaner alternative to pollution-spewing gas-powered bikes.

  • A Better Solar Collector

    Jonathan Mapel, cofounder of Covalent Solar, based in Cambridge, MA, uses commonly available plastic sheets to illustrate how a new solar concentrator works. He then shows a prototype of the new solar concentrator, which features advanced dyes that make it highly efficient.

  • Getting More out of Crude

    An improved catalyst could help oil refineries get more gasoline out of a barrel of crude petroleum.

  • Energy Loans

    At a recent conference at the United Nations, the person in charge of the Department of Energy’s finances told Technology Review how his agency is pushing innovation.

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