Today's lithium-ion batteries may be too big for future electronics. A startup in California has developed paper-thin, flexible batteries that could be used in smart phones and other gadgets of the future.
Offshore wind farms can have some benefits for marine life, according to researchers. The wind turbines can serve as artificial reefs for barnacles, which attracts hungry fish and hungry seals.
The energy in biofuels can match the levels of crude oil, researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found. But there are some inherent limits on using biofuels at a commercial scale.
Russia's government-owned oil company Rosneft says US sanctions imposed on Russia will only hurt the US and other Western investors. Rosneft says that the US sanctions are 'illegitimate and groundless.'
The downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner last week is further straining relations between Russia and the West over Ukraine. That could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed several energy deals in Latin America as he visits the region this week. Will it hurt the US's energy influence, or is Putin just focused on expanding Russia's economic relationships?
Beaver dams have so far prevented about 1 million gallons of fracking wastewater discovered spilled July 8 from a rural North Dakota pipeline from spreading too far. But, many North Dakota residents and experts are calling for more regulations and reliable measures.
The world has 53.3 years left to find an alternative to oil before current proved reserves run dry, according to BP. Of course, nations are finding new oil – meaning that number is rising – but new extraction methods are costly and can pose environmental threats.
Two companies are looking into shipping liquefied natural gas through the Arctic Ocean. What environmental and economic effects would an Arctic Ocean shipping route have?
Researchers have developed a sponge-like silicon they say could be safely used to store energy in batteries. Using this silicon in smartphone batteries, for instance, could allow batteries to last 30 percent longer than traditional lithium-ion batteries.
Two-bladed wind turbines aren't new to the world. But, a Chinese company is building a six-megawatt, two-bladed turbine that may generate as much power as the largest commercial offshore turbines.
Researchers have presented an alternative nuclear reactor – one that floats on water. Although floating nuclear reactors at sea have some benefits, there are concerns with surrounding marine life and terrorism threats in the context of a post-Fukushima world.
The US oil boom has led a rise in oil and gas production. But, the US oil boom has also brought on several problems for local environments and economies, including possible contamination of drinking water.
Now that fracking bans are left for New York cities and towns to decide, the shale industry sees the state's court ruling as a missed opportunity for energy and investment. More than 75 towns in New York already ban fracking, which may make companies hesitant to invest.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants to expand his state's oil pipeline capacity, after the state's oil production reached the 1 million barrels per day mark. But, many worry about the potential environmental consequences such as oil spills.
Although North Dakota, Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico are known for producing much of the US's oil, other states are becoming bigger producers. Alaska and California are two states that are gaining footing in the oil industry.
Some energy analysts may suggest the US is becoming an important source of energy supply for the world. But, the US's oil supply may not translate as a foreign policy tool, writes Daniel J. Graeber.
New US liquefied natural gas (LNG) suppliers are seeing a shrinking window of opportunity as new supplies come online and Japan considers restarting some of its nuclear reactors. What does this mean for new LNG suppliers and the difference in natural gas pricing in North America and Asia?
After Russia cut off gas for Ukraine, Russia says it won't negotiate with Ukraine until the country pays off its gas debt. Ukraine’s parliament is considering legislation that would allow its gas transit and storage facilities to be leased as joint ventures with the US or EU member countries.
Royal Dutch Shell says it stopped its shale projects in Ukraine because of air strikes, but there may be more economic reasons. The oil supermajor was disappointed with the economic viability of what it once thought was a large shale deposit, Alexeev writes, and was looking for a way out.