The most powerful laser in the world

The confinement beam from the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a fusion research laboratory, is considered the most powerful laser in the world. It is an ultraviolet laser with an output power of 500 terawatts . The machinery and electronic components that activate the NIF laser require more space than a football stadium. But the one-billionth … Read more

Solar cell production from new materials gets a boost

Two million euros to produce solar cells with materials such as colloidal quantum dots and halide perovskites have been invested by the Jaume I University of Castellón (UJI) has obtained the first Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The professor of Applied Physics Iván Mora Seró , also a researcher at the University … Read more

Sodium Batteries Over Lithium Batteries The Future?

Various batteries have already been designed, however, for the first time, one of these batteries has been conceived that is capable of storing the same energy as in a lithium one but at a lower cost . The man responsible for the find is chemical engineer Zhenan Bao and his Stanford collaborators, materials scientists Yi … Read more

Solar cell developers look to black butterflies for inspiration

A technique that improves the ability of photovoltaic cells to absorb sunlight has been developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Karlsruh Institute of Technology (KIT), in Germany. His source of inspiration has been black butterflies. Black butterflies The wings of the black butterfly ( Pachliopta aristolochiae ), which inhabit … Read more

Transparent cells turn windows into solar panels

This thin, plastic-like material can be used on buildings, car windows, cell phones, or other devices with a clear surface. It is actually a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that when placed on a window creates solar energy without disrupting the view developed by Michigan State University Engineering researchers that can turn a simple window into … Read more

Americans used more energy in 2018 than in any other year

A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is a unit of measure for energy; 3,400 BTUs is equivalent to approximately 1 kilowatt-hour. According to the most recent energy flow charts published by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the United States had a total energy consumption of 101.2 quadrillion BTUs (or "quads"). Americans used 3.5 quads … Read more

Construction of a gravity-powered energy storage system begins

The Gravitricity company is going to start manipulating massive weights on a shaft to store and deploy energy as needed. The axles will rise almost 1.6 kilometers high and the weights will range between 500 and 5,000 tons. Huge winches will raise and lower the weights, and the shafts will be pressurized to increase power … Read more

You cannot be an environmentalist if you do not support nuclear energy, but there are few politicians who send that message

Betting strongly on renewables and maintaining nuclear energy is one of the most environmentally sustainable decisions, however Frankenstein syndrome makes us fear everything related to nuclear, despite the fact that other energy sources are more polluting and lethal . Routine health risks and greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear fission power are small relative to those … Read more

China wants to create its own solar power plant … in space

The concept of collecting solar energy in space was popularized by science fiction and science popularization author Isaac Asimov in 1941. But how to transfer electricity generated 36,000 kilometers away to our planet? China wants to make it happen , and for a recent date: the year 2035 . Space central Beyond science fiction, science … Read more

An unusually high number of neutrons have been detected emanating from an inaccessible room at the Chernobyl plant

We must not demonize nuclear energy. The important thing is the dose of radioactivity, not the radioactivity , as important is the dose of oxygen, hydrogen or any other element with which we interact. Oxygen or hydrogen should not be stigmatized (although together, in the form of H20, it has caused millions of drowning victims … Read more