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EnerGeeWhiz! | December 15, 2018

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Energy Efficiency

Apples-to-Apples – Carbon vs. Renewables

August 18, 2013 | 2

The Cost of Externalities

This has historically been a mystery to EGW.  Not because it is unfathomable, but instead simply because we haven’t taken the time to look at the numbers.  We all know intuitively that their are “socialized” costs … Read More

Let the Photovoltaic Battle Begin

August 11, 2013 |

MIT Technology Review recently published a summary article that brings new light to the use of an age old material in bringing down the cost of solar cells significantly.

Perovskites are a plentiful mineral that have been interesting to material … Read More

Solar Cells that Grow on Trees?

July 28, 2013 |

Forbes reported that new research from the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) at Georgia Tech has again bumped up the efficiency of cellulose-based solar cells– that is, solar cells that don’t rely on petroleum or glass, and … Read More

Eos Batteries Supercharge Renewable Energy

July 25, 2013 | 1

There are batteries, and there are BATTERIES.

Many have long held that sustainable, renewable energy sources won’t take down carbon-based energy sources until battery technology improves substantially.  Many renewable energy sources– notably wind and solar– are intermittent.  Solar works when … Read More

Hydrogen Storage

April 8, 2013 |

From The Telegraph:

We all know that Hydrogen is an excellent energy store.  It is, after all, the source of all life on earth given our Sun runs off it.  It has three times the energy density of gasoline; and it … Read More

Low-cost Hydrogen from Plants

April 8, 2013 |

Phys.Org reports that a team of Virginia Tech researchers led by Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering, has discovered a way to extract large … Read More

New Hyper Efficient Engine

March 16, 2013 |

Researchers from Michigan State University and the Warsaw Institute of Technology are developing a wave disk engine and electricity generator that promises to be five times more efficient than traditional auto engines in electricity production, 20% lighter, and 30% cheaper … Read More

Billion Dollar Breakthrough in Solar Efficiency?

March 6, 2013 |

For years, scientists have studied the potential benefits of a new branch of solar energy technology that relies on nanosized antenna arrays theoretically capable of harvesting more than 70 percent of the sun’s electromagnetic radiation and simultaneously converting it into … Read More