The following listings detail emerging technologies that play a roll in the emissions environment. This latest industrial revolution has built a momentum now entirely independent of policies, activists and pressure groups. We head towards a low emissions future because the economics of these innovations and discoveries make it practicable.
I rank this as a pivotal moment in the commercialisation of alternative energy resources. The CSIRO has developed technology to safely transport hydrogen. The tech solves the problem of transporting hydrogen to bowsers that will refuel cars. It also makes it commercially viable to export hydrogen overseas as ammonia (NH3) for use in fuel cells.
Using ceramics in batteries, means you can double the amount of power packed into the same space. In a conventional battery pack, the individual battery cells are surrounded by a separate outer casing. All those casings take up half of the space inside each battery pack.
The future may be around the corner, with the demonstration this week of a water harvester that uses only ambient sunlight to pull liters of water out of the air each day in conditions as low as 20 percent humidity.
A New Mexico-based maker of cadmium-free quantum dots (QDs), says that it has now achieved quantum yields in excess of 80 per cent across the visible range, and of close to 100 per cent in the orange and red parts of the spectrum. This suggests that it will be possible to incorporate the technology into efficient window “tints” that could be used in buildings to generate power.
Energy storage is a continually evolving industry, with new devices being engineered and mature technologies undergoing refinement. Here are a few battery innovations that could give a boost to the renewable energy and electric vehicle markets.