Posts tagged: Harvard University

Going organic: A cheaper, better way to store renewable energy

By Amanda Aubuchon With one fifth of the world’s population off the grid by circumstance as opposed to choice, reliable and inexpensive access to solar and wind energy is the key to keeping the lights on in an increasing number of places. But ‘Mother Nature’ is moody and often petulant. The sun doesn’t always shine […]

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

By Todd Woody The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking. The best part: The molecules can store the heat forever and be endlessly […]

Could Earth’s infrared emissions be a new renewable energy source?

By Grant Banks     Could it one day be possible to generate electricity from the loss of heat from Earth to outer space? A group of Harvard engineers believe so and have theorized something of a reverse photovoltaic cell to do just this. The key is using the flow of energy away from our […]

Earth’s Infrared Radiation: New Renewable Energy Frontier?

By Prachi Patel   The Earth continuously emits 100 million gigawatts of infrared heat into outer space. That’s enough to power all of humanity many thousands of times over. Capturing even a fraction of that would mean an end to our energy woes. Harvard University researchers are now proposing a way to harvest this untapped […]

Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy

Harvard technology could economically store energy for use when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine Flow batteries store energy in chemical fluids contained in external tanks—as with fuel cells—instead of within the battery container itself. The two main components—the electrochemical conversion hardware through which the fluids are flowed (which sets the peak […]