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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)
A battery inspired by vitamins
Harvard researchers have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large flow batteries. (2016-07-18)
The future of perovskite solar cells has just got brighter -- come rain or shine
A team of Korean researchers led by Taiho Park at POSTECH, Korea, has found a new method to improve not only the efficiency, but stability and humidity tolerance of perovskite solar cells. (2016-07-18)
New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future
For the first time, researchers have successfully measured in detail the flow of solar energy, in and between different parts of a photosynthetic organism. (2016-07-18)
New tool calculates emissions impacts, energy benefits from smart grid investments
A free, web-based tool developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory estimates the emissions impacts associated for companies considering adopting various smart grid technologies. (2016-07-15)
'Green' electronic materials produced with synthetic biology
A new strain of bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up of solely of non-toxic, natural amino acids designed by microbiologist Derek Lovely and colleagues say the wires, which rival the thinnest wires known to man, avoid the harsh chemical processes typically used to produce nanoelectronic materials. (2016-07-14)
Genetically improving sorghum for production of biofuel
The bioenergy crop sorghum holds great promise as a raw material for making environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. (2016-07-13)
Tropical forests overexploited by unsustainable logging
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale. (2016-07-13)
Hydroelectric dams kill insects, wreak havoc with food webs
Hydropower dams generate more energy than all other renewable sources combined. (2016-07-13)
Electricity generated with water, salt and a 3-atoms-thick membrane
Proponents of clean energy will soon have a new source to add: osmotic power. (2016-07-13)
Breakthrough in powering wireless sensors
Researchers at the Australian National University are a step closer to harvesting renewable or ambient energy from mobile phone base stations to power battery-operated wireless sensors used in industries including health and agriculture. (2016-07-12)
US holds potential to produce billion tons of biomass, support bioeconomy
The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the US Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, concludes that the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040. (2016-07-12)
Crop roots enact austerity measures during drought to bank water
With a growing world population and a changing climate, understanding how agriculturally important plants respond to drought is crucial. (2016-07-11)
When kids learn to conserve energy, their behavior also spreads to parents
Girl Scouts and their parents reported increases in energy-saving behaviors, such as turning off power strips at night and washing clothes in cold water, after the children participated in an intervention program, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Energy. (2016-07-11)
Pelleting and extrusion increase digestible and metabolizable energy in diets for pigs
Scientists at the University of Illinois using co-products from the ethanol and human food industries are helping shed light on ways processing high-fiber animal feed ingredients can enhance pigs' utilization of the nutrients and energy they contain. (2016-07-06)
Experts listen in on noisy Falmouth seas
A long-term plan for managing noise in shallow parts of the ocean such as Falmouth Bay is needed to protect the environment, scientists have said. (2016-07-06)
Neural networks to obtain synthetic petroleum
The UPV/EHU's Catalytic Processes for Waste Valorisation research group is working on various lines of research relating to renewable energies, one of which corresponds to the obtaining of bio-oils or synthetic petroleum using biomass. (2016-07-06)
Jefferson Lab director awarded Glazebrook Medal
The director of the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and president of Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, Hugh E. (2016-07-05)
Feeding the world by rewiring plant 'mouths'
Plants have tiny pores on their leaves called stomata -- Greek for mouths -- through which they take in carbon dioxide from the air and from which water evaporates. (2016-07-04)
York chemists lead breakthrough in carbon capture
Scientists from the University of York have developed an innovative new green method of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power stations, chemical and other large scale manufacturing plants. (2016-07-04)
New technology could improve use of small-scale hydropower in developing nations
Engineers have created a new computer modeling package that people anywhere in the world could use to assess the potential of a stream for small-scale, 'run of river' hydropower, an option to produce electricity that's of special importance in the developing world. (2016-06-30)
Saved by the sun
A new twist on the use of renewable energy is saving children's lives in Africa. (2016-06-29)
Mechanical engineering team gets $200K to study increasing capacity of lithium batteries
The National Science Foundation has awarded $200,022 to a research team led by Likun Zhu, an associate professor of mechanical engineering with the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, to overcome problems with one approach to increasing the capacity of lithium ion batteries. (2016-06-29)
Energy from sunlight: Further steps towards artificial photosynthesis
Chemists from the universities of Basel and Zurich in Switzerland have come one step closer to generating energy from sunlight: for the first time, they were able to reproduce one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis with artificial molecules. (2016-06-24)
Coal to solar: Retraining the energy workforce
As the solar industry booms, coal workers have the opportunity to pursue new work. (2016-06-24)
Molecular tools for bioengineering eukaryotic microalgae
The article discusses some of the rapidly developing tools for genome editing and discusses their potential impact on the bioengineering of eukaryotic microalgae. (2016-06-23)
PNNL to lead regional smart manufacturing center
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been named to lead the Northwest Regional Manufacturing Center as part of the national Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. (2016-06-22)
The clean dozen: 12 techs near commercial use
A dozen clean energy technologies that enable everything from lightweight, fuel-sipping cars to the expansion of renewable energy and cleaner fossil fuel use are getting a boost at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, thanks to $4.4 million from the Department of Energy's Technology Commercialization Fund. (2016-06-21)
How China can ramp up wind power
China has an opportunity to massively increase its use of wind power -- if it properly integrates wind into its existing power system, according to a newly published MIT study. (2016-06-20)
Climate scientists are more credible when they practice what they preach
Americans are more likely to follow advice about personal energy use from climate scientists who minimize their own carbon footprint, according to Shahzeen Attari of Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. (2016-06-16)
Let there be light
University of Utah materials science and engineering associate professor Mike Scarpulla and senior scientist Kirstin Alberi of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a theory that adding light during the manufacturing of semiconductors can reduce defects and potentially make more efficient solar cells or brighter LEDs. (2016-06-16)
Scientists using sunlight, water to produce renewable hydrogen power
University of Iowa researchers are working with a California-based startup company to make clean energy from sunlight and any source of water. (2016-06-15)
On the path toward bionic enzymes
Berkeley Lab chemists have successfully married chemistry and biology to create reactions never before possible. (2016-06-15)
New 'GreenWeb' tools aim to create an energy-efficient web
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new, open-source computer programming framework that could make the web significantly more energy efficient, (2016-06-15)
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