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New model considers an extra factor to improve our prediction of nuclear fission
A research group based in a number of countries (Japan, Malaysia, Ukraine, and Germany), led by Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), have proposed an improved model for predicting the generation of thermal energy from nuclear fission processes, by focusing on Uranium-236. (2017-12-27)
Sustainability criteria for transport biofuels need improvements
In its Renewable Energy Directive, the European Union has set a 10 percent goal for the use of renewable energy in transport by 2020. (2016-06-14)
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality, thanks to UCLA invention
UCLA researchers have designed a new device that can inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy and create hydrogen fuel, and that needs only sunlight to operate. (2017-11-20)
Alaskan microgrids offer energy resilience and independence
The electrical grid in the contiguous United States is a behemoth of interconnected systems; if one section fails, millions could be without power. (2017-12-26)
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
The power grid has a large reserve of energy to continue in an active state, while a microgrid quickly spends its reserve. (2017-08-31)
New study addresses the role of health in climate lawsuits
Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) are at the forefront of analyzing how climate lawsuits shape the nation's response to climate change. (2018-04-26)
Plants at the pump
Regular, unleaded or algae? That's a choice drivers could make at the pump one day. (2017-03-07)
Britain's emissions dropped by 6 percent in 2016 by switching from coal to natural gas
Britain's emissions dropped by 6 percent in 2016 by switching from coal to natural gas a new study from the University of Sheffield has revealed. (2018-03-26)
Making oil from algae -- towards more efficient biofuels
The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has been revealed by a Japanese research team. (2017-04-18)
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. (2017-10-09)
An update on the road to better plastics for a sustainable future
Three Perspectives and an Editorial highlight issues and advances in developing plastics that are more sustainable and easier to recycle. (2017-11-16)
To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village
In search of new plant enzymes? Try looking in compost. (2017-11-14)
Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. (2017-04-23)
Land under water: Estimating hydropower's land use impacts
One of the key ways to combat global climate change is to boost the world's use of renewable energy. (2018-03-15)
Catalyzing carbon dioxide
Scientists at the Rowland Institute at Harvard have developed a system that uses renewable electricity to electrochemically transform carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a key commodity used in any number of industrial processes. (2017-12-05)
Manure could heat your home
Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. (2018-03-08)
Aqueous storage device needs only 20 seconds to go
A KAIST research team developed a new hybrid energy storage device that can be charged in less than half a minute. (2018-02-28)
Vitamin K2: New hope for Parkinson's patients?
Neuroscientist Patrik Verstreken, associated with VIB and KU Leuven, succeeded in undoing the effect of one of the genetic defects that leads to Parkinson's using vitamin K2. (2012-05-11)
Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow healthy crops
Crops grown in electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional ones, signaling the promise of this 'smart' technology. (2017-11-03)
Transformation to wind and solar achievable with low indirect GHG emissions
Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect GHG emissions in their life cycle. (2017-12-08)
North Sea rocks could act as large-scale renewable energy stores
Rocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests. (2019-01-21)
NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. (2017-09-18)
How biofuels from plant fibers could combat global warming
A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. (2018-02-26)
Climate change efforts should focus on ocean-based solutions
The first broad-scale assessment of ocean-based measures to reduce atmospheric CO2, counteract ocean warming and/or reduce ocean acidification and sea-level rise shows their high potential to mitigate climate change and its impacts. (2018-10-04)
Energy drinks can negatively impact health of youth
Over half of Canadian youth and young adults who have consumed energy drinks have experienced negative health effects as a result, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-01-15)
What's the best way to accelerate: Muscles or springs?
A new study has pinpointed principles that are common in the mechanical systems that animals, plants, fungi and machines use to maximize kinetic energy delivery. (2018-04-26)
Why US battery startups fail -- and how to fix it
A new study published in MRS Energy & Sustainability investigates why so many of these American battery materials startups are failing under the current venture capital funding model. (2017-09-06)
Faulty sensing: Cellular energy sensor linked to the progression of chronic kidney disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with energy depletion in kidney cells, resulting in reduced kidney function. (2018-12-07)
A battery prototype powered by atmospheric nitrogen
As the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, nitrogen has been an attractive option as a source of renewable energy. (2017-04-13)
NREL, Johns Hopkins develop method to quantify life cycle land use of natural gas
A case study of the Barnett Shale region in Texas, where hydraulic fracturing was first implemented, for the first time provides quantifiable information on the life cycle land use of generating electricity from natural gas based on physical measurements instead of using assumptions and averages that were previously used for evaluation. (2017-10-03)
Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
An outstanding conundrum on what happens to the laser energy after beams are fired into plasma has been solved in newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde. (2017-03-23)
The new bioenergy research center: building on ten years of success
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum. (2018-02-18)
Evidence shows low energy sweeteners help reduce energy intake and body weight
Use of low energy sweeteners (LES) in place of sugar, in children and adults, leads to reduced calorie intake and body weight - and possibly also when comparing LES beverages to water -- according to a review led by researchers at the University of Bristol published in the International Journal of Obesity today. (2015-11-10)
Identifying ways to minimize the harm of energy drinks
Because many countries allow the sale of energy drinks to young people, identifying ways to minimize potential harm from energy drinks is critical. (2017-10-05)
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
A recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops. (2017-06-19)
Turning background room temperature heat into energy
University of Tsukuba-based researchers developed a way to recover environmental heat with a new type of thin-film thermoelectric cell, based on two different materials that show changes in their redox potential on cycling of temperature. (2018-02-14)
An overlooked source of carbon emissions
Nations that pledged to carry out the Paris climate agreement have moved forward to find practical ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including efforts to ban hydrofluorocarbons and set stricter fuel-efficiency standards. (2016-11-02)
Cut US commercial building energy use 29 percent with widespread controls
The US could slash its energy use by the equivalent of what is currently used by 12 to 15 million Americans if commercial buildings fully used energy-efficiency controls nationwide. (2017-06-23)
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. (2017-07-31)
Sandia-developed device determines how well wind turbines operate
Sandia's Wind Energy Technology Department has developed a device, the Accurate Time Linked Data Acquisition System (ATLAS II), to help engineers determine efficiency and health of wind turbines. (2006-07-26)
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