renewable energy

The First Step Towards a "Hydrogen Society" in the Kansai Region
The Union of Kansai Governments | Jul 6, 2021 | 3 min read
Introducing two large-scale projects designed to demonstrate the potential for creating, transporting, storing, and using hydrogen in society.
Roadmap for Establishing a Hydrogen Supply Chain in the Kansai Area (Japan)
The Union of Kansai Governments | Jun 29, 2021 | 2 min read
Bringing out the potential of the Kansai area through the conception and implementation of a "hydrogen society".
A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018 | 2 min read
The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.
Professor Sues PNAS Over Paper Criticisms
Kerry Grens | Nov 2, 2017 | 2 min read
Stanford’s Mark Jacobson is asking for $10 million in damages after the journal published a critique of his work on renewable energy.
Potential New German Coalition Government Likely to Clash on Energy
Diana Kwon | Sep 27, 2017 | 2 min read
After Sunday’s federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is faced with political parties that disagree on key scientific and environmental issues.
Science in the State of the Union
Bob Grant | Jan 30, 2014 | 2 min read
President Barack Obama gave a nod to research in this week’s address. But was it enough for science advocates?
Energy Secretary to Step Down
Dan Cossins | Feb 4, 2013 | 1 min read
After a 4-year stretch as US Energy Secretary, during which he fought to fund research on clean energy technology, Steven Chu has announced his resignation.
The Legacy of Kyoto
Dan Cossins | Nov 29, 2012 | 2 min read
The Kyoto agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions was flawed, but it provides useful lessons for upcoming climate regulation negotiations.
Eco-friendly Flush
Jef Akst | Aug 17, 2012 | 2 min read
A solar-powered toilet that converts human waste into electricity snags first place—and $100,000—at the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012 | 1 min read
One way to increase biofuel production is to engineer plants that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, thereby expanding the range in which such crops can be grown. 
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2012 | 2 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the July 2012 issue of The Scientist.
Biofuels by the Numbers
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012 | 1 min read
Of the many available no- or low-carbon methods to harvest energy, including wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar approaches, conversion of plant biomass to liquid fuels is the most cost-effective strategy.
Growing Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012 | 10+ min read
Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
Ornithologists Want Windmill Research
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012 | 1 min read
Researchers call for access to more data from energy companies to find strategies that will limit bird and bat deaths from wind turbines.
Q&A: Debate Over Climate Panel Bias
Jessica P. Johnson | Jul 18, 2011 | 4 min read
A climate change writer is concerned over possible bias within an IPCC working group that assesses options for combating climate change.