Category: Ensia

Can smarter storage solve our energy woes? | Ensia

A new generation of technology focuses on supplying a midsize dollop of power exactly when and where it’s needed most. Largely out of sight, tucked into building basements and stashed in garages, a new generation of energy storage technology is…

Peas on Earth: How PepsiCo is aiding Ethiopia’s chick pea farmers to secure its supply chain | Ensia

Say “Pepsi” and most folks think of the nose-tickling cola that has been Coke’s archrival for over a century. Or chips: About half of PepsiCo’s $58 billion in yearly sales comes from snack foods such as Lay’s and Doritos. But…

Elusive efficiency: Why saving energy is so hard and what can we do about it? | Ensia

When it comes to reducing fossil fuel use, increasing energy efficiency has obvious appeal: help the environment, boost energy security and save money, too—without the grit-your-teeth-and-get-by-without attitude of 1970s-style energy conservation. Not only that, but boosting the amount of work…