Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

“Continuous” nuclear fusion comes one step closer

Researchers at a California lab have got one step closer in achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. If successfully harnessed, fusion – the process which powers the sun – could become an … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Solar power may get cheaper with new breakthrough

A research team in Europe has achieved a world record-setting solar conversion efficiency of 44.7 percent, and assuming that higher efficiency translates into lower costs, it’s yet another indicator that … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Germany Breaks Its Own Record For Solar Power Generation

Germany just broke its monthly solar power generation record once again. In July, the grey-skied country logged 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar power, slightly better than the … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Microbial Team Turns Corn Stalks and Leaves Into Better Biofuel

A fungus and E. coli bacteria have joined forces to turn tough, waste plant material into isobutanol, a biofuel that matches gasoline’s properties better than ethanol.

August 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Solar power users considering legal action against WA government after it announces cut to feed-in tariffs

Solar power users considering legal action against WA government after it announces cut to feed-in tariffsBy Pamela Medlen Posted August 09, 2013 17:03:42 Thousands of solar power users in Western … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Artificial photosynthesis to make plants green with envy

Natural photosynthesis – the remarkable ability of plants to transform sunlight into useful energy – powers virtually all life on Earth. But that’s not enough for some people. Caltech chemistry … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

New material holds big energy hope

A new material that can store large amounts of energy with very little energy loss has been developed by researchers at the Australian National University. The material has practical applications … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

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