While others work on improving batteries and turning air compression into an energy-storage solution, the ARES team is re-purposing the simple ideas behind water towers to address a gap in our solar-power infrastructure.
Worries about oil and gas hog the airwaves. But copper is also essential to keep the world running: It threads through your house, your computer, your eco-correct hybrid car. And it's getting just as difficult, expensive, and environmentally menacing as oil to extract. We have entered the era of tough ore.
Collectively, we've spent more than 50 years watching the Tesla vs. Thomas Edison rap smackdown that went viral on YouTube.
Two years after deciding to phase out nuclear power, Germany's government just reported that it is still producing more energy than it needs.
One small but important study shows that we could save money — and our behavior could change — if we were just given the right information.
Some environmental advocates say the federal government is ignoring the real future of solar energy: photovoltaic cells on almost every roof. But even supporters acknowledge rooftop solar isn't the complete answer to the energy question — yet.