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Energy-generating cloth could replace batteries in wearable devices
From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets' versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required.  View News Article (2015-03-05)

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a more effective carbon capture method
Trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and various industries could play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future.  View News Article (2015-03-05)

NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor
A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals. View News Article (2015-03-04)

Testing at NREL aids solar power in Hawaii
Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy. View News Article (2015-03-04)

NREL takes first in-depth look at solar project completion timelines
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has gathered and analyzed data for more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations across the United States to better understand how interconnection regulations align with actual project completion timelines. View News Article (2015-03-04)

Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel
Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. View News Article (2015-03-03)

Saving energy: Increasing oil flow in the keystone pipeline with electric fields
Researchers have shown that a strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings. View News Article (2015-03-02)

Altering perception of feeding state may promote healthy aging
Targeting mechanisms in the central nervous system that sense energy generated by nutrients might yield the beneficial effects of low-calorie diets on healthy aging without the need to alter food intake, suggests new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. View News Article (2015-02-27)

'Ecosystem services' help assess ocean energy development
With many projects under development in coastal regions such as New England, tidal power -- which extracts "hydrokinetic" energy from marine environments -- seems poised to join other U.S. commercial power sources. View News Article (2015-02-27)

Using 'fuzzy logic' to optimize hybrid solar/battery systems
How did fuzzy logic help a group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply-and-demand principle and its delicate balance? View News Article (2015-02-26)

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