GE is making jet engine parts using additive manufacturing, a technology that could revitalize many advanced manufacturing sectors.
What I thought was a CTO’s vanity project turns out to have practical applications. (Xconomy)
Turning everyday objects, such as thermostats and streetlights, into smart connected devices has lots of potential if businesses and cities can find the killer apps.
Using emerging lighting technology and automation, indoor farmers hope to accelerate urban farming one warehouse and home garden at a time.
Civilian drone adoption is still early but already people are imagining ways these flying robots can improve agriculture, environmental and wildlife monitoring, and wind turbine inspection.
Startup Grove Labs wants to bring the farm to you, using technology to make indoor gardening more productive. (Xconomy)
Stanford researchers develop a copper catalyst that can efficiently convert carbon monoxide and water to ethanol. If perfected, it could provide an economic incentive for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Startup Liquid Light has an electrochemical process for making valuable chemicals from waste carbon dioxide–a route towards potentially making chemicals and fuels with renewable solar and wind. MIT Technology Review
LS9 was a synthetic biology pioneer created by premier scientists and top-flight venture capitalists to make low-cost fuels such as diesel from sugar. But companies formed to make biofuels from genetically engineered microbes have yet to produce fuel at scale or compete with petroleum on price. MIT Technology Review
The energy industry’s growing demand for water is spurring water-treatment innovation that could spill over into other sectors.
Best known for developing a virus-built battery, MIT professor Angela Belcher applies her biological toolkit to society’s biggest problems in energy, the environment, and health care.
Power Geek Making Stuff (MIT Technology Review)
MIT professor and “gizmologist” Alex Slocum isn’t afraid to think really big about solving problems in energy and industry.
Demand response is transforming how the grid is run. GreenBiz
Boston-based startup Cambrian Innovation tries to bring innovation to industrial wastewater with biological reactor that uses microbes to turn waste into energy.
To bring light to places without an electric grid, entrepreneurs and designers need to focus on understanding local conditions and economic business models.
Everyone from Google to Home Depot is getting into smart home technology. Will it actually improve home efficiency?
Monsanto Brings Big Data to the Farm (IEEE Spectrum)
The agriculture giant’s acquisition of Climate Corp., which provides data services to farmers, shows how information technology, in addition to biotechnology, is critical to increasing crop yields in the future.
For years, people talked about how important modernizing the grid is to our planet. But Hurricane Sandy proved to be a more powerful impetus, pushing states to accelerate spending on smart grid technology and distributed energy to make the electrical infrastructure more resilient.
A design student returns to his native Mexico City after college in the United States to help the megalopolis overcome its water crisis with rainwater harvesting.
How to Choose an LED Light Bulb (MIT Technology Review)
There are now many general-purpose consumer LED bulbs that give off good light. With so many, how can you tell the difference?
A government research facility uses a megawatt-scale simulator and supercomputer to test futuristic grid technologies without disrupting today’s grid.
What the dispute between Tesla and the New York Times does and doesn’t say about EVs. Republished in Science Progress.
During the widespread power outages from super storm Sandy, microgrids demonstrated the reliability that islands of distributed generation can bring to the electricity grid.
The San Luis Valley is rich in solar resources and needs tax revenue, but like other communities, it’s moving cautiously in allowing large-scale solar power. One story in a series on energy in the southwest U.S.
With more renewable energy projects trying to come online, the country grapples with the balance between local land use and a national push for clean energy.
A consortium seeks to build a shared facility to test tidal, wave, and offshore wind power off the coast of Cape Cod to launch the nascent ocean power industry.
Household electronics need to be designed to operate like battery-saving mobile devices to keep a lid on climbing energy use from the growing number of connected gadgets in the home.