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Solar Impulse Ends its Journey

 Solar Impulse Ends its Journey

In 2014, we talked about how the Solar Impulse aircraft would fly around the globe using solar energy to create electricity. Two years later, that journey is over. How did it do? See more »

The Solar Economy

 The Solar Economy

Is solar power finally a reasonable option for the average person? And how do solar towers work? See more »

The Mega Laser

 The Mega Laser

There's a new heavy-hitting laser in Japan. What will it be used for? We explore the use of lasers in science, industry and the future. See more »

Is the PowerWall a Wonder?

 Is the PowerWall a Wonder?

What is the Tesla Powerwall? Does it make sense for people to buy one? We take a look. See more »

Mighty Man Made Winds (No, Not That Kind)

 Mighty Man Made Winds (No, Not That Kind)

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Getting Off the Grid

 Getting Off the Grid

What does it take to get off the grid? From electricity to water to just getting by, we take a look at how challenging it is to disconnect. See more »

Need Energy? Just Add Water

 Need Energy? Just Add Water

Water costs are also part of the big picture in energy production. Learn about water in energy production in this Fw:Thinking blog post. See more »

Blowing in the Wind

 Blowing in the Wind

How does wind power work? What's the future of wind power? What are the pros and cons of wind power? See more »

Fuel for Thought, Part 3: The Weird Stuff

 Fuel for Thought, Part 3: The Weird Stuff

There are hundreds of weird alternative energy sources you've probably never even thought of. Learn more in this Fw:Thinking blog post. See more »

Fuel for Thought, Part 1: Biofuels and Fuel Cells

 Fuel for Thought, Part 1: Biofuels and Fuel Cells

Biofuels and fuel cells could help offset our fossil fuel consumption, but they have problems of their own. Learn more in this blog post. See more »