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The greatest need modern civilizations have is energy. Learn about oil, electricity and newer forms of energy like solar and wind power.

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What is natural gas?

In any conversation about fuel and resource consumption, you're likely to hear at least a passing reference to natural gas. Some argue it could wean the modern world off of its dependence on oil and coal.


If Elon Musk Loses This Bet, Tesla Could Be Out Serious Cash

Elon Musk and Tesla think they can help Australia with its energy crisis. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

This U.S. Power Plant Shows Why Coal Is Dying, Won't Make a Comeback

The Navajo Generating Station might be offline by the end of 2017. Learn more about the fate of coal-fired power plants at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Thanks, Elon! Tiny Samoan Island Is Going Totally Solar

The American Samoan island of Ta'u just got a solar microgrid that could meet all its power needs. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Saudi Arabia Will Attempt to Lessen Its Addiction to Oil

Saudi Arabia announced plans this week to diversify from oil. Learn more about the future of Saudi Arabia and oil at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Meet Weyl, the Massless Particle That Could Upend Electronics

The Weyl particle could help to solve a big problem with modern electronics: power loss. Learn more about the Weyl particle at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

How the Tesla Powerwall Works

The Tesla Powerwall home battery stores solar energy for use at night. Learn more about the Tesla Powerwall at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Dyson Spheres Work

The Dyson sphere would be a huge, energy-catching ball built around a star. Learn how the Dyson sphere could harness the sun's energy. See more »

10 Innovations in Hydropower

Hydropower innovations means a lot more than just dams. Learn about 10 innovations in hydropower at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Nanoparticles can change fuel production in many ways, especially in fuel cells. Learn more about how nanoparticles are affecting fuel production. See more »

Could nanocrystals be the next big fuel source?

Nanocrystals have exciting new potential in energy production. Learn more about the place of nanocrystals in alternative energy on HowStuffWorks. See more »