Energy & Green Tech

France's EDF in talks with GE to buy nuclear turbine ops

French electricity giant EDF is in talks with General Electric to buy its steam turbine business for nuclear plants, the companies confirmed Wednesday, the latest move by the American conglomerate to streamline its operations ...

Energy & Green Tech

More efficient, longer-lasting solid oxide fuel cells

Solid oxide fuel cells, or SOFCs, are devices that produce both electricity and heat by oxidizing a fuel such as natural gas or biogas. This energy-efficient, zero-emission technology has the potential to meet domestic and ...

Engineering

Engineering a better world using mirrors, sun and steam

Partha Dutta, a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, envisions a not-so-distant future where even the most remote parts of the world would have access to clean and ...

Engineering

Sun-soaking device turns water into superheated steam

MIT engineers have built a device that soaks up enough heat from the sun to boil water and produce "superheated" steam hotter than 100 degrees Celsius, without any expensive optics.

Energy & Green Tech

Pine and poplar wood improve sunlight-driven water purification

Engineers at the University of Maryland have found that porous types of wood from trees like poplar and pine can greatly increase the efficiency of water-to-steam conversion under sunlight. The findings, published November ...

Energy & Green Tech

May carbon dioxide turbine help address clean power generation?

(Tech Xplore)—"Desk size turbine could power a town"—wishful thinking turned into a headline? Not really. MIT Technology Review's header belongs to a report earlier this week by Senior Writer David Talbot.