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Flywheel technology could create new savings for light rail transit
Two UAlberta engineering professors have examined the use of flywheel technology to store energy generated when light rail transit trains decelerate and stop. (2016-08-29)
3-D printed tool for building aircraft achieves Guinness World Records title
A 3-D printed trim-and-drill tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to be evaluated at The Boeing Company, has received the title of largest solid 3-D printed item by Guinness World Records™. (2016-08-29)
Waterloo chemists develop promising cheap, sustainable battery for grid energy storage
Chemists at the University of Waterloo have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and into renewable solar and wind energy production. (2016-08-26)
Biofuels not as 'green' as many think
Statements about biofuels being carbon neutral should be taken with a grain of salt. (2016-08-25)
PRB projects world population rising 33 percent by 2050 to nearly 10 billion
The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 33 percent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according to projections included in the latest World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). (2016-08-25)
Study: Biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions
A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral. (2016-08-25)
Median installed price of solar in the United States fell by 5-12 percent in 2015
Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring 'state of the market' reports released by Berkeley Lab. (2016-08-24)
Chemistry 2.0: KIT participates in INERATEC spinoff
Apart from teaching and research, innovation is one of the three core tasks of KIT. (2016-08-23)
Researchers investigate environmental movements and neoliberalism
Recent dynamics of global environmentalism, ranging from indigenous people's rights to the reliance on non-governmental organizations, have been marked by a resurgence in environmental movements that more aggressively resist natural resource extraction, according to two University of Kansas researchers. (2016-08-22)
Carnegie Mellon and Near Earth Autonomy robots and drones put on a show at Clemson
A rumbling robot and several high-flying drones recently made an on-site appearance at Clemson University to burrow through and buzz above 15 acres of experimental sorghum plots containing more than 2,800 replicated entries. (2016-08-22)
ORNL collaborates with 6 small businesses on clean energy tech
Six small companies will tap the expertise of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to move their manufacturing, fuel cell, geothermal and vehicle technologies closer to the marketplace. (2016-08-18)
Superconductivity: After the scenario, the staging
Superconductivity with a high Tc continues to present a theoretical mystery. (2016-08-18)
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, and low energy prices
Wind energy pricing remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the US Department of Energy and prepared by the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Berkeley Lab. (2016-08-17)
Down to the wire: ONR researchers and new bacteria
Scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have genetically modified a common soil bacteria to create electrical wires that not only conduct electricity, but are thousands of times thinner than a human hair. (2016-08-16)
Energy Department to invest $16 million in computer design of materials
The US Department of Energy announced today that it will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers. (2016-08-16)
CMI, Oddello Industries pursue recovery of rare-earth magnets from used hard drives
A process developed for large-scale recovery of rare earth magnets from used computer hard drives will undergo industrial testing under a new agreement between Oddello Industries LLC and ORNL, as part of the Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute. (2016-08-16)
New material discovery allows study of elusive Weyl fermion
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a new type of Weyl semimetal, a material that opens the way for further study of Weyl fermions, a type of massless elementary particle hypothesized by high-energy particle theory and potentially useful for creating high-speed electronic circuits and quantum computers. (2016-08-15)
New residential water heater concept promises high efficiency, lower cost
Scientists from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Florida has developed a novel method that could yield lower-cost, higher-efficiency systems for water heating in residential buildings. (2016-08-15)
UTA signs agreement with KIER to promote joint development of clean energy technologies
The University of Texas at Arlington and The Korea Institute of Energy Research have joined forces to develop clean energy technologies that improve the lives of citizens worldwide. (2016-08-10)
NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility. (2016-08-09)
NREL assesses strategies needed for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas reduction
Solutions including electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, vehicle connectivity, and automation are examined. (2016-08-09)
Using nanotechnology to give fuel cells more oomph
Researchers from Vanderbilt University, Nissan North America and Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to apply nanotechnology to fuel cells to give them more oomph. (2016-08-08)
Recycling carbon dioxide: U of T researchers reduce climate-warming CO2 to building blocks for fuels
Turning carbon dioxide into stored energy sounds like science fiction: researchers have long tried to find simple ways to convert this greenhouse gas into fuels and other useful chemicals. (2016-08-03)
Making nail polish while powering fuel cells
Hydrogen is widely regarded as a promising and clean alternative energy source. (2016-08-03)
Synaptec senses growth opportunities with six figure investment
A spinout company from the University of Strathclyde has secured funding from one of Scotland's leading angel syndicates to help it break into the renewable energy and subsea markets. (2016-08-03)
Study provides a new method to measure the energy of a lightning strike
By investigating 'fossilized' sand cylinders made by lightning strikes, sometimes thousands of years old, a University of South Florida geology professor's study provides a unique history of lightning and a new method to measure the energy contained in a single strike. (2016-08-03)
Sustainable sensors to detect, predict muscle fatigue
A new study published in the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology aims to take advantage of sweat's trove of medical information through the development of a sustainable, wearable sensor to detect lactate levels in your perspiration. (2016-07-28)
UTA engineers earn 3 best paper awards
A team of electrical engineering professors and students at The University of Texas at Arlington has won three 'Best Paper' Awards from the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, including the organization's 2016 Power and Energy Society Prize Paper Award. (2016-07-28)
Lawrence Livermore collects funds for solar power improvement
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in collaboration with Giant Leap Technologies, received $1.75 million Thursday from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to improve solar power efficiency. (2016-07-28)
Ames Laboratory Ph.D. student is awarded Margaret Butler Fellowship
US Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University Ph.D. student Colleen Bertoni has been named this year's recipient of the Margaret Butler Fellowship in Computational Science. (2016-07-27)
Battery500 consortium to spark EV innovations
The PNNL-led Battery500 consortium aims to significantly improve upon the batteries that power today's electric vehicles by more nearly tripling the specific energy in lithium batteries. (2016-07-27)
When the going gets tough, the tough get growing
While relentless bright light brings many forms of cyanobacteria to their knees -- figuratively, of course -- Synechococcus sp. (2016-07-27)
Watering solar cells makes them grow ... in power!
Researchers clarified the relationship between air exposure and enhanced electric proprieties in perovskite solar cells. (2016-07-27)
Molten storage and thermophotovoltaics offer new solar power pathway
A new wrinkle on an old technology -- solid-state thermophotovoltaics -- could provide a high-efficiency alternative for directly converting high-temperature heat from concentrated solar thermal to utility-scale electricity. (2016-07-26)
The European CYCLALG project will develop an algae-based biorefinery
Six R&D centres in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France -NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies (CENER), Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association of Industry of Navarre (AIN), Association for the Environment and Safety in Aquitaine (APESA) and the Centre for the Application and Transformation of Agro-resources (CATAR-CRITT)- are participating in the European CYCLALG project to drive forward an algae-based biorefinery which aims to develop and validate technological processes designed to obtain biodiesel through algae cultivation. (2016-07-22)
A new key to understanding molecular evolution in space
Scientists at Hokkaido University have revealed temperature-dependent energy conversion of molecular hydrogen on ice surfaces, suggesting the need for a reconsideration of molecular evolution theory. (2016-07-21)
Scientists unlock 'green' energy from garden grass
Garden grass could become a source of cheap and clean renewable energy, scientists have claimed. (2016-07-21)
Energy Department grants $2.5M for biorefinery waste use, renewable bioproduct study
The US Department of Energy granted $2.5 million to Texas A&M AgriLife Research to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. (2016-07-20)
Putting software on a diet
Concerns about battery life, heat creation, fan noise and overall high energy costs have driven the development of more energy-efficient computers and mobile devices over the past two decades. (2016-07-20)
Graphene photodetectors: Thinking outside the 2-D box
The efficient detection of low-energy photons constitutes one of the main challenges faced by future optoelectronics. (2016-07-18)
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