Tech & Electronics: Alternative Energy

Post-doctoral fellow Svenja Lohner and Professor Alfred Spormann

Stanford scientists use microbes to make 'clean' methane

Most methane comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. Stanford and Penn State scientists are taking a greener approach using microbes that can convert renewable electricity into carbon-neutral methane.

Stanford scientists calculate the carbon footprint of grid-scale battery technologies

Stanford scientists have developed a novel way to calculate the energetic cost of building large batteries and other storage technologies for the electrical grid. Read >>

Micro fuel cells made of glass — power for your iPad?

Engineers at Yale University have developed a new breed of micro fuel cell that could serve as a long-lasting, low-cost, and eco-friendly power source for portable electronic devices, such as tablet computers, smart phones, and remote sensors. Read >>

Greener storage for green energy

ARPA-E grant will support research into next-generation flow batteries to solve wind/solar intermittency problem Read >>

Sweet diesel! Discovery resurrects process to convert sugar directly to diesel

A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, UC Berkeley scientists have discovered. Read >>

Stanford researchers synthesize printable, electrically conductive gel

The Jell-O-like material, from the labs of Stanford professors Yi Cui and Zhenan Bao, may have applications in areas as widespread as energy storage, medical sensors and biofuel cells. Read >>

Discovery of plant gene lays groundwork for improved biofuel processing

Researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily release the simple sugars that can be processed into biofuels. It's a breakthrough that could make biofuels cost competitive with gasoline. Read >>