Hardware

Sensor research helps fight wildfires

As climate change leads to larger and more frequent wildfires, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using sensors, drones and machine learning to both prevent fires and reduce their ...

Engineering

Florida utility's new drone can speed hurricane recovery

Florida's primary energy provider is ready to launch a powerful new technology, just ahead of the busiest weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season: a new fixed-wing drone designed fly into tropical storm force winds and speed ...

Software

Strengthening Puerto Rico's power grid

When Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm with 155-mph winds, made a direct hit on Puerto Rico in 2017, it ravaged the island's power grid and caused the longest blackout in U.S. history. Maria left many residents without ...

Energy & Green Tech

When the sun switches off the solar panels

The more the sun shines in the southern German town of Aurach, the more likely it is that Jens Husemann's solar panels will be disconnected from the grid—an exasperating paradox at a time when Germany is navigating an energy ...

Automotive

Electric motorcycles flood Havana amid diesel shortages

The young people come and go on their electric motorcycles at this highway outside Cuba's capital where they perform stunts and talk about their two-wheelers, which would be largely silent if it weren't for the music blasting ...

Engineering

Retrofitting untapped dams

Although more than 92,000 dams populate the country, the vast majority—about 89,000—do not generate electricity through hydropower.

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