UK Goes Record-Breaking 1,838 Hours Coal-Free Already This Year

The UK has gone a record-breaking 1,838 hours without using coal to generate electricity already this year. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has highlighted that 2018’s record of 1837.5 coal-free hours has been broken only slightly more than six months of the way through 2019. It …

Electric Vehicles Could Lower Electricity Prices

Regular readers of this column are well aware of the wonderful benefits of EV ownership. However, electric vehicles can also have a positive impact on the electric grid, serving as the perfect complement to renewable energy sources. Jeff McMahon, writing in Forbes, notes that a growing body of evidence supports …

Rural Africa Could Be Powered Using Genetically Modified Algae

Fuel cells powered by living algae that are five times more efficient than current models, have been designed by scientists at the University of Cambridge. It is thought they could one day be used to provide electricity to places where there is no existing electrical grid system, such as parts …

MBARI: Wave-Power Bouy

MBARI engineer Andy Hamilton looks out his office window in Moss Landing and points at the waves crashing on the beach below. “Pretty impressive, aren’t they? You’d think there’d be a way to make use of all that energy.” Since 2009, Hamilton has led a team of engineers trying to …

GE to Help Increase Output and Efficiency of EPS’s Coal-Fired Power Plant in Serbia

BADEN, SWITZERLAND—February 2, 2017—GE’s Power Services (NYSE: GE) today announced that this year it will complete the modernization of Elektro Privreda Srbije’s (EPS) TPP Nikola Tesla, the largest coal-fired power plant in Serbia. GE’s steam turbine retrofit will help increase power output, reduce operational and maintenance costs and lower plant …

Making Freshwater from the Sun

To reduce the use of non-renewable groundwater and still meet growing water needs, the production of desalinated seawater in the MENA region is projected to be 13 times higher in 2040 compared to 2014. Traditionally, desalination has been powered by oil or natural gas, or is based on reverse osmosis, …