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batteriesSila Nanotechnologies Silicon anodes will improve lithium ion batteries by up to 40%

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Sila Nanotechnologies has silicon-dominant anode products that drop into existing battery manufacturing processes, replace graphite entirely, and deliver significantly higher energy density at the cell-level with lower swelling. Sila Nanotechnologies emerged from stealth mode last month, partnering with BMW to …

energy100 Petawatt lasers could tear apart vacuum by 2023

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In 2016, the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire about the width of a Frisbee. achieved an unprecedented 5.3 million billion watts, or petawatts (PW). The lights in Shanghai do not dim each …

africaThe Next Oil Boom Is About To Happen Here

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It’s one of the most unbelievable energy stories of the year. A Chinese oil company was sitting on what might be a major oil discovery – a 182-million-barrel probable reserve, with great potential to grow. They spent hundreds of millions …

energyThin film converts low grade waste heat to electricity at 19% of carnot efficiency

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Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States each year is wasted as heat. Much of that heat is less than 100 degrees Celsius and emanates from things like computers, cars or large industrial processes. Engineers at …

energyGeneral principles found to speed up the hunt for room temperature superconductors

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Scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Skoltech have demonstrated the high-temperature superconductivity of actinium hydrides and discovered a general principle for calculating the superconductivity of hydrides based on the periodic table alone. They have used a new …

chinaChina will double shale gas by 2020 to reach 5% of US level

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China’s shale gas production will likely reach 17 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2020, nearly double the 2017 level, as local oil companies make big progress with drilling technology and cost-cutting, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in a note on Tuesday. …

energyIranian currency crisis, possible sanctions, and political stability

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Iran’s currency, the rial, lost some 20% against the US dollar in two weeks as Iranians rushed to hedge against depreciation of their assets. Some fear an imminent collapse of the nuclear deal and return of economic sanctions. On Monday …

energyLPP Fusion works on cooling problem of an eventual fusion generator

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The cooling of the plasma focus electrodes, especially the anode, is likely to be the toughest engineering problem to be faced by LPP Fusion’s dense plasma focus project when they go from a demonstration of net fusion energy in the …

energyAlliance of private fusion companies working to get $100 million prize for first to achieve net energy

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A dozen private fusion companies, including LPPFusion have joined together in an alliance to promote fusion and to try to get government funding for a broad-based approach to fusion. The new alliance consists of a few cooperating organizations— * the …

energyNuclear Fusion Update

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The Conversation claim nuclear fusion is back again. Nextbigfuture has been constantly tracking nuclear fusion and advanced nuclear fission every week for the past 13 years. The popular question is when will we have commercial nuclear fusion that has a …