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Supercapacitors Increase Performance and Longevity, Charge in Minutes

Supercapacitors Increase Performance and Longevity, Charge in Minutes

Researchers at Superdielectrics Ltd recently discovered a new material that could bolster carbon-based supercapacitor performance. Supercapacitors, or ultracapacitors as they are sometimes known, are useful in emitting a charge quickly. Supercapacitors generate a charge through electrostatic fields rather than creating electricity through chemical reactions.   Contact Lens Material Leads to Discovery Director of research Dr.… Continue Reading

Photons Used to Create New Light

Photons Used to Create New Light

Light is comprised of photons, which are particles of electromagnetic energy. They are considered elementary particles (the smallest constituents of matter and energy) despite their lack of mass.   Source: Getty Images   Photons typically do not interact with one another. Contrary to what is shown in most sci-fi movies, beams of light do not… Continue Reading

Metal Conducts Electricity without Heating

Metal Conducts Electricity without Heating

  A team of researchers led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently discovered a metal that conducts electricity without producing or requiring excess heat. While it would not be a far-fetched notion in conductors operating at cryogenic temperatures, it is an unusual property for one that operates at a temperature of approximately 67 degrees… Continue Reading

Five Barrels of Water Produced Per Barrel of Oil

Five Barrels of Water Produced Per Barrel of Oil

    Oil wells across the globe are producing increasing amounts of water in order to meet technical requirements at installations. This sidesteps the need to tap the natural water supply and discharge the water into the environment. This common practice, reinjection, will result in the production of nearly 12.7 billion gallons of water per… Continue Reading

China’s Drive for Clean Energy Results in Winter Gas Shortage

China’s Drive for Clean Energy Results in Winter Gas Shortage

​China’s efforts to manage its environmental impact, engage in green energy practices, and clear smog appear to have had an unintended side effect, resulting in a fuel supply shortage. A growing number of factories are either closing or operating at reduced capacity, profits are shrinking as supply chains are disrupted, and residents are struggling to… Continue Reading

Self-Healing Grids Developed

Self-Healing Grids Developed

  Many households are connected to an electric grid that supplies power so that we can accomplish daily tasks such as charging our phones, turning on lights and televisions, and powering appliances. Electric grids are described by the United States Department of Energy as interconnected groups of “power lines and associated equipment” used to move… Continue Reading

2018 Oil Price Forecasts

2018 Oil Price Forecasts

​   A recently-published Goldman Sachs research note raised next year’s Brent price forecast from $58 to $62 per barrel and its West Texas Intermediate projection from $55 to $57.50 per barrel. The study cited lower inventories and a deal led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as the primary reasons for the… Continue Reading

Williams Advance Engineering Develops Ground-Breaking Aerofoil

Williams Advance Engineering Develops Ground-Breaking Aerofoil

​   Williams Advanced Engineering announced last Wednesday that it has partnered with Aerofoil Energy Ltd. to develop an aerofoil that can reduce energy consumption by refrigerators by up to 30 per cent. The Williams Group business will provide the aerofoil to Sainsbury’s supermarkets with the hope of reducing operational costs, as well as controlling… Continue Reading

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline clears last hurdle in $10 billion project as Nebraska approves 3 to 2

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline clears last hurdle in $10 billion project as Nebraska approves 3 to 2

In a tight vote, TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was approved 3 to 2 by Nebraska’s Public Service Commission — despite the recent 5,000 barrel oil spill in South Dakota. The 1,897 kilometer pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to Nebraska. The last point of contention was permission to pass through… Continue Reading

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