X, the “moonshot factory” at Google’s parent company Alphabet, is working on several breakthrough energy solutions -- from molten salt batteries, to high altitude wind turbines, to fuel made from seawater – in a quest to solve climate change.
Not all ideas work, Astro Teller, the head of X, recently explained. And among the ones that do, Alphabet may not be the right entity to bring them to market, he said.
Google's moonshot lab Google X is buying up Makani Power, a startup that makes a kite-like wind power device. It's probably the best place for the long shot, big idea that is high altitude wind.
Google parent Alphabet Inc. is pitching an idea to store power from renewable energy in tanks of molten salt and cold liquid, an example of the tech giant trying to marry its far-reaching ambitions with business demand.
Using giant vats of molten salt and antifreeze under the codename “Malta,” Google's parent company Alphabet is joining Tesla and smaller companies that are developing ways to store wind and solar power affordably to expand renewable...
Engineers at Columbia University have created a "solar fuels rig," which floats on the ocean, captures solar energy, then uses that energy to extract hydrogen from seawater. Hydrogen is a clean source of energy, though methods to ex...