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Energy Archive

  • Holographic Solar

    A novel approach to concentrating sunlight could cut solar panel costs.

    66 comments

  • Better than Hybrids

    A proposed engine design approaches the efficiency of gas-electric hybrids, but could be far cheaper.

    115 comments

  • Clean Diesel from Coal

    A novel catalytic method could let you fill up your tank with coal-derived diesel, cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

    25 comments

  • Cheaper Fuel Cells

    A new membrane makes fuel cells more powerful and less expensive to produce.

    10 comments

  • Space Tourism or Bust

    A test-rocket explosion notwithstanding, SpaceX is still forging ahead with a new, low-cost orbital rocket.

  • Coal-Powered Jets

    A new process using jet fuel made from coal could reduce oil dependence, and improve fuel performance in advanced aircraft.

    1 comment

  • Methanol: The New Hydrogen

    Advances in methanol synthesis, coupled with improved fuel cell technology, could make it a viable alternative to gasoline.

    14 comments

  • A Supergrid for Europe

    A radical proposal for a high-tech power grid could make possible the continent’s vast expansion of renewable energy sources.

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