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Shower of sparks emits from an EAF furnace at a Nucor steelmaking plant.

A nuclear option for zero-carbon steel

Fueling the furnaces that turn iron ore and scrap metal into new steel is an energy-intensive business that accounts for roughly 7% of carbon dioxide emissions globally. Two North American companies are... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Two technicians inside the NIF ignition chamber for cleaning and maintenance.

Fusion energy technology gets DOE funding

Forever scribed in the annals of scientific achievement, the U.S. Inertial Confinement Fusion program supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration has produced not one but two significant brea... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Executives posing for three-way memorandum of understanding.

Companies sign agreement for future fuel

In an interesting turn, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. has signed a three-way memorandum of understanding with SK ecoplant Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Engineering Co. to conduct research and development for... — Updated 4/25/2023

A row of First Solar cadmium-tellurium thin film PV panels.

DOE eyes mine sites for clean energy hubs

The White House has allotted $500 million for a program that aims to transform old and current mine sites into renewable energy hubs. Being administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Clean Energy... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Swiss scientist holds artificial photosynthesis device for making hydrogen fuel.

Leaf creates hydrogen out of thin air

Swiss scientists create device that makes green fuel from water vapor and sunshine. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have created a device that can harvest water from... — Updated 1/6/2023 Full story

Close-up of a stovetop burner with red-tipped flames.

Toyota explores tastier hydrogen cooking

Looking beyond the carbon dioxide emitted from tailpipes, Toyota Motor Corp. is investigating hydrogen as a cleaner and tastier fuel for the stoves and ovens that cook the food for millions of households a... — Updated 10/4/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A precision laser to be used in potential nuclear fusion of hydrogen-boron.

Australia invests in laser fusion industry

As Australia's first laser fusion energy company, HB11 Energy has been awarded A$22 million (US$15.5) to develop next-generation high-power lasers needed to create a multi-billion-dollar nuclear energy... — Updated 8/12/2022

Rendering of Energy Dome CO2 storage system at a large photovoltaic solar farm.

Ironic dome stores clean energy with CO2

What if the very carbon dioxide being blamed for global warming was the secret ingredient of massive batteries for the storage of renewable energy meant to prevent additional CO2 from entering the... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

An image of the Mars rover that could potentially benefit from PhosEnergy GenX.

Innovator develops long-life power units

A small Australia-based energy technology company is hot on the trail of building a prototype of a long-lived power generation system that could open the path to extended space travel, as well as a... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Ferrocene is orange in its powdered form and has many technology uses.

Ink printed solar cells may replace silicon

Paper-thin and inexpensive solar cells printed from ink may one day replace the cumbersome traditional solar cells made from silicon thanks to a material created at Imperial College London called... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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First Solar doubles up module agreements

In two back-to-back deals, First Solar Inc. has secured contracts for the installation of 4.75 gigawatts of responsibly produced thin-film photovoltaic solar modules. Origis Energy, one of America's larges... — Updated 7/12/2022

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DOE invests in novel energy storage tech

From hot sand in Alabama to hydrogen storage at Tennessee coal mines, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is investing $2.4 million into projects that could... — Updated 7/12/2022

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DOE investing in Wyoming clean hydrogen

Seeking to wean Wyoming's energy grids and coffers off coal and other fossil fuels, the United States Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is providing the University of... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
GE Hitachi small modular reactor SMR nuclear power plant

GE Hitachi to bring clean energy to Canada

Selected as the technology partner for the Darlington nuclear project, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy will work with Ontario Power Generation to deploy a BWRX-300 small modular reactor at the Darlington site... — Updated 7/12/2022

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French hydrogen for cement, steelmaking

A French private-public partnership that includes Schlumberger New Energy and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is tackling the carbon dioxide emissions from two... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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Microreactor coming to Alaska Eielson AFB

Under the radar, the Department of the Air Force selected Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska to pilot its first micro-reactor, the next generation of energy capabilities that could power some of the most... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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Canada nuclear project with General Fusion

Canada-based nuclear energy producer, General Fusion Inc., July 27 announced a partnership with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to advance fusion reactor technology through the use of tritium extraction... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
TerraPower PacifiCorp Mark Gordon Wyoming Natrium nuclear reactor demo

Wyoming to host nuclear demo project

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Bill Gates' TerraPower, and Warren Buffet-backed PacifiCorp recently announced efforts to advance a Natrium reactor demonstration project in the Cowboy state, bringing a new... — Updated 7/10/2022

Pennsylvania State University gold electrode semi-clear transparent solar cells

Gold film may be key to clear solar cells

With a little bit of gold, scientists at Pennsylvania State University have taken another step toward the vision of turning windows into transparent solar cells that generate electricity while still... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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Volvo CE opens first hydrogen fuel cell lab

Volvo Construction Equipment recently opened a lab to test and develop hydrogen fuel cell technology solutions in heavy construction machines and other applications, marking a significant advancement in... — Updated 7/10/2022

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Group 5 metals improve First Solar panels

First Solar Inc. is leveraging the power of Group 5 elements to nearly eliminate the degradation of its newest generation of photovoltaic solar panels. Group 5 refers to vanadium, niobium, tantalum, and du... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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Nuclear program sets off decade of growth

Early last year, the U.S. Department of Energy launched three separate award programs to fund domestic private companies in developing nuclear reactors in the United States. Congress appropriated US$230 mi... — Updated 7/10/2022

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Gates backed nuclear firm initiates Natrium

TerraPower, a nuclear innovation company co-founded by Bill Gates, and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy are developing a hybrid nuclear reactor and energy storage system specially designed to be integrated with... — Updated 7/10/2022

SMR nuclear power plant modern building design

Feds approve NuScale small reactor design

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission completed the final review phase of the design for NuScale Power's groundbreaking small modular reactor. This is a major milestone that provides customers with the... — Updated 7/10/2022

Perovskites thin-film solar cells harnessing sunlight to generate electricity

New perovskite solar consortium formed

Working with leading domestic solar companies, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and... — Updated 7/10/2022


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