Compact nuclear fusion reactor


US engineering company Lockheed Martin has reported that it has developed a new design for a fusion reactor that could be in use in a decade.

Aviation biofuel made from tobacco plants


Boeing Partners with South African Airways for a pioneering project that will make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new tobacco plant, not cigarettes.

Silicon carbide finds its place (in a nuclear reactor)


Toshiba and IBIDEN unveil a prototype silicon carbide fuel assembly cover for use in nuclear power stations.

Cobalt boron alloyed cast material

Cobalt boron alloyed cast material

Development of cobalt and boron alloyed steel with more resistance at high temperatures avoids CO2 emission and increases the efficiency of power plants.

Considering Emissions From Amine-Based CO2 Capture Before Deployment

Figure 2.  CSIRO smog chamber facility.

Post-combustion CO2 capture presents a great opportunity to reduce emissions, but some hurdles still exist before widespread deployment can be considered.

Testing solar collectors from the Zugspitze to the Negev Desert

From the German Zugspitze to Israel’s Negev desert, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE are investigating the aging of solar collectors and components under extreme climate conditions. Image copyright Fraunhofer ISE.

Researchers from the Fraunhofer ISE have been investigating the effects of extreme environments on solar collectors.

Microchips that keep their cool up to 300 degrees C

Keeping their cool at 300 °C: the especially compact microchips of Fraunhofer IMS. Image copyright Fraunhofer IMS.

Researchers have fabricated compact SOI CMOS microchips that perform at temperatures the current generation of electronics can’t handle.

Assessing Water Issues in China’s Coal Industry

The development and application of water-saving technologies in all sectors of the coal industry could make a dramatic impact.

Some sectors in the Chinese coal industry are highly water intensive, and water shortages could become a major barrier for further development.

Identifying the Global Coal Industry’s Water Risks

Coal transport ships are often used for importing coal to China and India

The water–energy nexus is becoming one of the great challenges of our generation—one that also holds significant implications for all.

Large-scale power storage system made from reused batteries

Large-scale power storage system made from reused batteries

The company Sumitomo Corporation completed the world’s first large-scale power storage system made from reused electric vehicle batteries in Japan.