Bottling up the sun – the latest on our quest for fusion energy

by Jonathan Squire The human race has an energy problem. Despite continually increasing demand, we still have no truly viable way to produce energy on a necessary scale without significant environmental consequences. So what about solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, geothermal, or CCS (carbon capture and storage)? Each of these generation methods has its own disadvantages, and certainly…

Micro-grids: a simple solution to power cuts

by Vivek Bhandari Power cuts are rare occurrences in some parts of the world and they are a daily occurrence in others. Throughout the world, people would like to avoid these power cuts and have reliable, secure and clean electricity. Micro-grids¹ are emerging as a simple and flexible technology that will help to improve power…

From trash to treasure: Making electricity from waste heat

by Michael Gaultois Governments are clamouring to secure stable energy resources for the future. Much attention is focused on developing clean, sustainable, and renewable energy sources. However, the often invisible alternative is to be more efficient with the energy we already produce. This is not to say that we won’t need more energy, but rather that…