Should Thorium Be In the Conversation About Next-Generation Nuclear Power?

There is a lot of innovative thinking about the next generation of nuclear power plants. With so many bright minds, an extensive supply chain and some far-sighted research and development work underway throughout the world, I wonder how long we’ll have to wait until a truly bigger, better, game-changing nuclear power process or technology grabs […]

Re-engineering the internal combustion engine to higher MPGs at a lower cost with fewer emissions

For all the advances with hybrid and pure electric vehicles and the attention they are grabbing, personal, commercial and government vehicles around the world will be using enormous volumes of gasoline and diesel fuel for decades to come. Investors and innovators know there is a lot of money to be made improving the efficiency of […]

How to improve energy innovation: 5 recommendations from MIT President Susan Hockfield

At the 2012 ARPA-E’s concluding plenary session this morning, the retiring President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Susan Hockfield, offered five parting shots (my words) to leaders in government, industry, energy research and clean tech financing to solve America’s energy challenges, especially where it involves manufacturing. 1. Industry should partner with researchers and government […]

How overturning conventional energy wisdom could resurrect real progress in climate talks

Ever since the Copenhagen round of global climate talks failed in 2009, there have been no shortage of prescriptions and declarations about what needs to change. The subsequent failures in Cancun in 2010 and Durban last year underscore the need for a new way of thinking. There is no denying the world  needs, and is […]

Smart Grids may make U.S. more vulnerable to electromagnetic pulses from solar flares or a terrorist attack

While the U.S. Congress, President Obama and the Tea Party wrangle over debt ceilings and deficit spending, a far more potent threat looms as a growing number of intelligence experts warn of how a massive solar flare or a nuclear missile detonated above the United States could kill wipe out the power grid, disable consumer […]

Energy: now a national security priority for ALL the armed forces

For the first time, “energy” is a distinct military program or capability at the Pentagon — on par with troops, weapons and cyber skill sets. And with its just unveiled “Operational Energy Strategy” there is hope this ambitious blueprint could trigger significant new efficiency innovations in vehicles and deployment of onsite renewable sources of electricity. […]