Year in Review: The Most Popular Power Stories of 2014

Presented here are the most popular power stories featured on PennEnergy in 2014, highlighting the news that resonated most with our audience.

From new innovations, to landmark regulation proposals and industry setbacks - PennEnergy has stayed true to its mission of bringing the full spectrum of energy news, research and career resources to our distinguished readers. Featured here are the most popular power related stories of 2014, highlighting the industry issues and achievements that resonated most with our audience.

Harvard: Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy

A team of Harvard scientists and engineers have developed a metal-free flow battery that relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant, small organic molecules to store electricity.



America's natural gas system is leaky and in need of a fix, new study finds

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.



China moves to build world’s first thorium nuclear reactor within a decade

China’s government has cut its initial timeline for development of a thorium reactor by over half in an effort to curb its reliance on coal-fired power to reduce polluting emissions.



Onagawa: The Japanese nuclear plant that didn't melt down on 3/11

Everyone knows the name Fukushima, but few people, even in Japan, are familiar with the Onagawa power station. Fewer still know how Onagawa managed to avoid disaster.



EPA unveils CO2 emissions rule for existing power plants (Video)

On June 2, the EPA under direction of the Obama administration released a proposal that will set the first-ever national carbon pollution standards limits for America’s existing power plants.



Massive fire at Martin Drake coal-fired plant due to human error

Investigation report reveals four-alarm fire that devastated the coal-fired Martin Drake power plant is result of human error.



GE: Fuel cell startup could spark a revolution (Video)

Scientists in GE labs have cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC.



Emerging solar power plants scorch birds in mid-air

The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm.



Floating power generation holds promise for post-Fukushima Japan

As a post-Fukushima Japan mulls a proposed 700 MW floating gas power plant the island nation is moving ahead with utility-scale floating renewable energy projects.



Renewable Energy: World's first solar battery runs on light, air

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.



Dutch put world's first solar roadway to work (Video)

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy.



MIT: The future of fusion power

The next two years in MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) may see fusion research embark on a landmark period of innovation.

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