Energy Production Technologies

Energy production technologies bring about new, clean, sustainable sources of energy. Read up on the newest, most affordable ways for us to fuel machines and devices.


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Polymer SunBOTs Imitate Sunflowers to Create Maximum Solar Energy

These new devices may be used in the future to absorb more of the sun's energy than today's solar panels are capable of collecting.

Sweden Is Great at Turning Trash to Energy

Sweden puts less than 1 percent of its household trash into landfills, in part because it burns nearly half to generate heat and electricity.

China Flips Switch on World's Largest Floating Solar Farm

China, the world's largest emitter of CO2, is making steps to combat those emissions by creating the world's largest floating solar panel farm.

The Ambitious Proposal to Re-freeze the Arctic

Some scientists are proposing a massive array of wind-powered pumps to bring more Arctic water to the surface, so it can freeze and thicken existing sea ice.

Mini Turbine 'Wind Trees' Could Generate Power for Homes, Electric Cars

A French company has created a miniature wind turbine that looks like a tree and could provide enough energy for a house.

What happened to the green tech fad?

These days, it seems everyone is "going green." From individuals to businesses, everyone is looking for ways to be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. But is green tech the way of the future or just another fad?

In the year 2050, what energy source will we use to power our vehicles?

The rising cost and projected scarcity of fossil fuels has people talking. But finding a new power source and developing an infrastructure will be costly and challenging. Will we still be using gasoline in 2050?

Will nano flakes revolutionize solar energy?

What if you could make solar cells that were cheaper, smaller and more efficient? In theory, nano flakes could help you do that, if the technology ever gets off the ground.

How Solar Thermal Power Works

There are two main ways of generating energy from the sun. But one -- solar thermal technology -- is really poised to take off as a clean, reliable form of alternative energy.

How Cellulosic Ethanol Works

Cellulosic ethanol can be made from any old stem, leaf or tree trunk. Farm wastes, grass clippings and recycled newspaper will work, too. So when can we expect this alternative fuel to arrive at gas stations?

How Gasification Works

Gasification could represent a second chance for coal. Will this old technology, which can run on coal or biomass, get a new life as one of the most important energy alternatives of the future?

How Frozen Fuel Works

That's not just any mud. That's a fossil fuel that's stashed away in huge quantities in deposits all over the Earth's crust. Could that frozen fuel also heat up the planet?

Is there a way to get solar energy at night?

Solar energy is clean and plentiful. There's one big problem, though: The sun doesn't shine all the time. Is there a way to keep solar plants powered up through the night?

How Artificial Geothermal Energy Works

You know what geothermal energy is -- heat from the Earth. Could a new twist on geothermal power help countries achieve energy independence?

How Artificial Photosynthesis Works

Plants produce energy so perfectly: converting sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into power and emitting nothing harmful in the process. Can we imitate such an elegant system?