Category Archives: Natural Resources

  • The wave of tidal energy is on the rise with these innovations and projects

    Oceans cover over two thirds of our planet’s surface. The energy contained in the oceans has tremendous potential, including in the form of waves and tides. These sources have an estimated 337 GW. New technologies and projects represent a significant opportunity for renewable energy development in several countries. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Meet the Inventor of the Nuclear Waste-Powered Diamond Battery

    In December, we reported on the "diamond battery", an artificial diamond that can convert gamma rays given off by nuclear waste into electricity. PreScouter Global Scholar, Nicole Percy, recently spoke to one of its creators, Dr. Tom Scott, University of Bristol Professor of Materials: Geochemistry and Metallurgy of Uranium. Dr. Scott gave us an in-depth look at his team's research and the progress a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Will these solar sidewalk panels open new frontiers in solar energy?

    As the cost of solar panels continues to decline, people and companies who want to make use of this renewable resource face a new challenge, especially in cities. In crowded areas, they have limited spaces to mount panels. Fort .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sercan Gul
  • These breakthroughs will make windows smart enough to darken in the sun and produce energy

    Many an office worker, sitting in a building with large glass windows, in the middle of a sunny day, has wished their windows would tint when it’s sunny, but stay clear when its not. Two recent announcements bring that day one step closer, while also expanding opportunities for renewable energy generation. Independent groups led by Peidong Yang< .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sooraj Raj
  • How can we reduce the costs of filtered water production?

    The need for a healthy lifestyle has made people more health conscious, especially with respect to drinking water. Consumers particularly want filtered water, which they view as safer than tap water. However, the increasing demand for filtered water has accelerated the production of plastic bottles ... READ MORE

    By: Kishore Ravichandran
  • Can these turbines make hydropower more fish friendly?

    More than 52% of renewable energy comes from hydropower. However, hydropower plants can harm ecosystems, especially killing fish with their turbines. Fortunately, optimized hydraulic turbines and fish passage facilities recently entered the market, making the new generation of hydropower plants m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Will wind power support a hydrogen economy?

    Hydrogen, an energy carrier, exists abundantly in nature. However, it is always married to other elements in the form of water, hydrocarbons and other organic compounds. For use as an industrial gas or energy carrier, people need hydrogen unattached to other elements. In 1783, Jacques Charles first used hydrogen as “energy” to lift his balloon flight. Since then, hydrogen has been used in various da .. ... READ MORE

    By: Thuy Ngo
  • PreScouter Journal 2017 Roundup & 10 Most Read Articles

    It has been quite a year for the PreScouter Journal. Thanks to our great team and valued readers, the journal received 3 unique awards in 2017: PreScouter Journal named one of the Top 50 Innovation Websites and Blogs for Innovators & Inventors. PreScouter Journal named one of the ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • Infographic: Components of a Hybrid Nuclear-Renewable Energy System

    Hybrid nuclear-renewable energy may play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas pollution, along with increasing the efficiency and reliability of the energy supply. The following infographic shows the components that most hybrid nuclear-renewable energy systems have in common.   ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • How can renewable energy technologies support the nuclear power industry?

    Compared to fossil fuel-based energy systems, nuclear, solar and wind provide much cleaner sources of energy. However, they all come with their own weakness. Both solar and wind energy need stable weather conditions for power generation. Co .. ... READ MORE

    By: Navneeta Kaul
  • How can renewable energy technologies support the water industry?

    The world is thirsty for water. The World Bank expects a major gap between supply and demand by 2030. Meanwhile, pumping water requires significant amounts of electricity. This is expensive. Additionally, most of this electricity comes from fossil fuels. As climate change impac .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • How can renewable energy technologies support mining and drilling?

    Many people see renewable energy and fossil fuels as mortal enemies. One will succeed only at the expense of the other, the thinking goes. When it comes to onsite power, however, the situation reveals a more complex relationship. Renewable energy technologies can help fossil fuel developers power their mining and drilling operations. Mining and drilling operations often sit in remote areas, far from established electricity infrastructure. Yet, they often have significant p .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Methanol – New Uses for an Old Molecule

    Methanol has been used for many decades in a wide variety of industries. New technologies are creating even more markets for this versatile molecule as the world seeks to wean itself from fossil fuels. Methanol as Transportation Fuel Methanol has been used as a racing fuel for some time now but now, it could possibly replace diesel and gasoline in some other industries. Theoretically che .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shahid Ali
  • Micro Hydropower in Water Distribution Networks

    Water distribution networks (WDN) are present in all developed cities. Their aim is to deliver drinking water to citizens. New technologies, however, could also allow them to function as renewable energy sources. What Is a Water Dis .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Natural Resources Roundup – July 2017

    Summer vacations haven't slowed the pace of natural resources innovations. But not all news is good. In this Roundup, I cover carbon neutral mining and better fuel cells, but major blows to two more clean coal plants. Do you have technology news you'd like me to cover? Send me your tips. DeBeers Aims for Carbon Neutral Mining Within 5 Years .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Commercial Drones: An Emerging Market

    When the average person thinks about a drone, they typically come up with one of two examples: a military weapon or an amateur videographer at their cousin’s wedding. In the last few years, however, drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles- UAVs) have seen an emergence in a new use category: the commercial/industrial sector. Numbers Breakdown In general, that average person is right about drones: ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Natural Resources Roundup for June 2017

    This month, I'm devoting more space than usual to a single study. It has implications for many of PreScouter's Natural Resources clients. Keep reading below it, though, to get a glimpse of a new project at the intersection of genomics and mining waste remediation. As always, I welcome your suggestions for natural resources technologies we should highlight. Reach me here. Study S .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • The M Turbine: A New Innovation in Hydropower

    Hydraulic turbines for hydropower plants have been used since the nineteenth century. However, new and innovative turbines are being introduced to the market, in order to improve efficiency, and to extend the operational range of existing turbines. The so called M turbine was developed and patented in Italy (Patent 0000282 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Trump’s Infrastructure Plans: What Can Be Learned from Global Examples?

    This week, President Trump began to announce his vision for the future of U.S. infrastructure. It includes using a combination of public and private funding sources to modernize American highways, waterways, electrical systems, and airway systems. The plans form a spa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Natural Resources Roundup May 2017

    As May comes to a close, we round up the latest stories on a super smart water pump, gassy air purifiers, gasless natural gas plants, and competition in solar roofs. Enjoy! Smarter Water Pump Cuts Energy Use Up to 70% Water pumps have seen many advances since the one pictured here. Xylem's smart wastewater pump, Flygt Concertor, continues the trend with its expansion into municipal wastewater systems. The Washington, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
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