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Perspective

"The transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources is a long and expensive but an absolutely vital process. We need a long term (30 to 50 years), high-priority program using a substantial part of the GNP and covering the entire scope – from fundamental research to commercial installation strategy – to gradually replace the fossil fuels we use for power generation, transportation and industrial thermal energy."
 
- Jacob Karni, from Special Report


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RESEARCH - NICHE AND EXPERIMENTAL

Studies advance "cold fusion"

March 23, 2009
Two studies provide compelling evidence that nuclear reactions are occurring in tabletop experiments, advancing the still sketchy understanding of the process popularly known as "cold fusion". [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Photovoltaic fiber boosts solar fabric prospects

March 23, 2009
Wrap one hair-thin stainless steel wire around another, cover them in clear plastic and you have a fiber that turns sunlight to electricity. The key is coating the wires with the right materials. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Nano holes make fast electricity storage

March 16, 2009
Start with closely spaced microscopic holes, line them with layers of metal only a few nanometers thick and you have a superfast electricity storage device. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Nanomaterial promises record fast batteries

March 11, 2009
Coat lithium iron phosphate nanoparticles with the right material and you can make cellphone batteries that charge in seconds and electric car batteries that charge in minutes. [more]

PERSPECTIVE

Sørensen: efficiency standards will buy us time

March 11, 2009
The stimulus for projects and technology development is promising, but meeting energy and climate challenges will take much more than that, in the US and globally. [more]


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Special Report
Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

Eric on Energy

March 23, 2009

Cold fusion gets a little respect

The study of low-energy nuclear reactions, a.k.a. cold fusion, is coming in from the cold. [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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