Nanotech is looked upon by many as the next great enabling technology that will revolutionize (and is revolutionizing) everything from materials science to disease therapies to game-changing new energy technologies.
As wind turbine designs grow ever larger, engineers need new facilities to test their mettle, measuring their energy-generation capacity and making sure they can withstand the windiest conditions.
A new rig for extreme turbine rotor blade tests is set to open this summer in Germany, built to assess a new generation of mega turbines.
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How exactly does one turn sunlight and water into usable energy? If it were possible to ask any living organism on Earth this question, you could do far better than asking a biologist or a chemist, or any other human being for that matter, and take the question directly to a leaf. That's the goal of biomimicry: to take human problems and ask nature "how would you solve this?" And increasingly, such questions are changing everything, from energy to information technology to the way we build cities.
The Caribbean is no stranger to seismic natural disaster, and after last week’s quake and devastation in Japan authorities in 33 Caribbean states don’t need to be told twice that it could happen there too. As such, those nations will participate in the first-ever full-scale international exercise on March 23 simulating a 7.6 earthquake off the American Virgin Islands and the ensuing tusnami.
In testimony today before a Congressional subcommittee, Energy Secretary Steven Chu stood behind the U.S.’s nuclear energy industry, reiterating the administration’s commitment to diversifying the nations energy portfolio. That means a lot of things like wind, solar, and natural gas, Chu said. It also means more nuclear.
Japan’s nuclear disaster continues to unfold this morning, and as workers at the Fukushima Daiichi continue to pump seawater into the crippled reactors there a new threat is emerging: the spent fuel rods in the cooling pools at each reactor. While reactors Nos. 1-3 remain unstable due to core heating, the cooling pool at reactor No. 4 was boiling as of late Tuesday (local time), and the temperatures were rising in the cooling pools at No. 5 and No. 6.