Airbus Hydrogen Aircraft

Airbus hopes to put the first zero-emission aircraft into service by 2035
Airbus hopes to put the first zero-emission aircraft into service by 2035
Airbus

According to a recent international study, aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of all human activities that drive climate change. Airbus is looking to a cleaner future for the commercial aircraft industries, where hydrogen powers the zero-emissions aircraft of tomorrow. read more

White Men must become Full Diversity Partners

from the Daily Caller:

‘Deeply Disturbing’: Sen. Hawley Reacts To Documents Detailing ‘White Men’s Caucus’ Race Training In US Nuclear Facility

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a letter on Thursday to U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette demanding an explanation for racially segregated diversity and inclusion training at a federally-funded U.S. nuclear facility.

Leaked documents reported by City Journal contributing editor Christopher Rufo this week revealed a three-day mandatory training in 2019 for white male executives at Sandia National Laboratories, a government contractor that assesses U.S. nuclear weapons. read more

Convert Carbon Dioxide and Water into Ethanol

Artist's rendering of electrocatalytic process for conversion of carbon dioxide and water into ethanol
Artist’s rendering of electrocatalytic process for conversion of carbon dioxide and water into ethanol
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers at the US Dept of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, working with Northern Illinois University, have discovered a new catalyst that can convert carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with “very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product and low cost.”

Once the ethanol is created, it can be used as a fuel additive, or as an intermediate product in the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Using it as a fuel would be an example of a “circular carbon economy,” in which CO2 recaptured from the atmosphere is effectively put back in as it’s burned. read more

Radiation Helps Some Metals Self-Heal

New research shows that some metal alloys actually corrode slower after being irradiated
New research shows that some metal alloys actually corrode slower after being irradiated

Radiation is famously damaging, both to living tissue and materials. But now, engineers at MIT have been surprised to discover that radiation may actually help certain alloys to self-heal, extending their useful lifetime. This could obviously help inform future power plant designs.

In nuclear reactors, radiation is known to accelerate corrosion of most materials, leading to eventual failure and possibly disastrous consequences. So for the new study, researchers at MIT and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory set out to quantify just how bad that corrosion would be under different radiation levels.

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 Lithium-ion Batteries can be Made Safer and Longer Lasting

The new coating, called PEDOT, covers every individual particle of the cathode in a lithium-ion battery, extending its useful life
The new coating, called PEDOT, covers every individual particle of the cathode in a lithium-ion battery, extending its useful life
Argonne National Laboratory

Despite seemingly-endless advances in experimental battery designs, good old lithium-ion batteries continue to be the frontrunner. There’s still plenty of room for improvement though, and now researchers have identified a new cathode coating that could make them safer and longer lasting. read more

An Honest Environmentalist Speaks Out

from the Daily Wire:

SHELLENBERGER: On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a news conference to introduce legislation to transform public housing as part of their Green New Deal proposal outside the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. The liberal legislators invited affordable housing advocates and climate change activists to join them for the announcement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.

I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.

But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public. read more

CityHawk Hydrogen Fueled Air Taxi

Urban Aeronautics has announced that its remarkable CityHawk VTOL air taxi will move to a zero-emissions hydrogen powertrain, in partnership with HyPoint
Urban Aeronautics has announced that its remarkable CityHawk VTOL air taxi will move to a zero-emissions hydrogen powertrain, in partnership with HyPoint
Urban Aeronautics

Israeli VTOL air taxi developer Urban Aeronautics has announced it’s partnering with HyPoint to develop a long range, hydrogen fuel cell-powered, emissions-free version of its remarkable CityHawk aircraft, based on the military Cormorant/AirMule design. read more

Forget 0-60 MPH – How About 60-120!

The SSC Tuatara is designed to go 300 mph, so it handles the sprint from 60-120 mph absolutely effortlessly
The SSC Tuatara is designed to go 300 mph, so it handles the sprint from 60-120 mph absolutely effortlessly
SSC

At 1,750 horsepower (on E85 fuel), the ludicrous rear-wheel drive SSC Tuatara hypercar is designed to break 300 mph (482 km/h). So it barely gets into 4th gear on the hectic sprint from 60-120 mph (100-200 km/h) in this newly released video.

On our live list of the world’s most powerful production cars, the SSC Tuatara currently sits at #6. If you exclude electrics and hybrids, only the monstrous Hennessey Venom F5 makes more power from a combustion engine. It’s very hard to put this kind of power into any context us regular humans can understand, since for most of us a 500-horsepower sportscar feels outrageously fast.

But perhaps this piece of road testing video can help. If you didn’t look at the speedometer, you’d think it was accelerating from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) at violent speed. But then, you realize this is an American hypercar; the speedo’s in miles per hour and this thing is blasting through double the speed limit in the blink of an eye, feeling like it’s barely getting out of bed.

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AeroTec’s Electric Aircraft

The maiden voyage of the electric Cessna took place at AeroTEC’s test facility in Moses Lake, Washington
The maiden voyage of the electric Cessna took place at AeroTEC’s test facility in Moses Lake, Washington
AeroTEC

The future of aviation is looking a little greener today, with a nine-seat Cessna aircraft fitted out with an all electric propulsion system successfully completing its first flight. This maiden voyage for the world’s largest electric aircraft marks another step forward for a nascent industry out to shake up the world of air travel, which could one day look a lot cleaner and cost effective than it does now. read more

Tethered Drones May Replace Wind Turbines

Prototype Ampyx Power drone in flight
Prototype Ampyx Power drone in flight
Ampyx Power

Wind turbine towers have become a familiar sight in many parts of the world, but if Ampyx Power has its way, they could be replaced with fleets of tethered drones. Supported by ESA’s Navigation Innovation and Support Programme (NAVISP), the Dutch company is working on kite-like autonomous aircraft that harness the energy of high-altitude winds to run generators on the ground. read more