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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)
Drum beats from a one atom thick graphite membrane
Researchers at TIFR, Mumbai, demonstrate the ability to electrically manipulate the vibrations of a drum, of nanometer scale thickness, a million times smaller than that of human hair. (2016-06-14)
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)
Can energy access end poverty?
On June 15, 2016, an interactive debate, (2016-06-13)
Storage technologies for renewable energy can pay off
Storage systems can make economic sense for renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, according to new research led by MIT Assistant Professor Jessika Trancik. (2016-06-13)
Efficient hydrogen production made easy
Understanding how to use a simple, room-temperature treatment to drastically change the properties of materials could lead to a revolution in renewable fuels production and electronic applications. (2016-06-13)
Climate consequences of oil price uncertainty could be significant
Oil prices can have a major impact on the types and quantities of energy sources used -- and thus on greenhouse gas emissions. (2016-06-13)
New tool could help investors pick the clean energy project right for them
In 2013, Serbia announced its goal of having 27 percent of the country's power be generated from renewable sources by 2020. (2016-06-07)
US counties could gain $1 million in annual health benefits from a power plant carbon standard
Nearly all US regions stand to gain economic benefits from power plant carbon standards that set moderately stringent emission targets and allow a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a new study by scientists from Harvard T.H. (2016-06-07)
Multimillion-dollar funding for commercial waste-to-biofuel plants
It's been a busy few days for Australian start-up Licella, whose innovative technology, developed in partnership with the University of Sydney, is the subject of new contracts with global investors in Canada and the UK that allow the re-imagining of the huge pulp and paper industry as biorefineries and the upgrading of end-of-life, difficult-to-recycle plastics -- turning waste into renewable or recycled fuel blend-stocks. (2016-05-31)
Localized sea turtle bycatch regulation leads to higher overall sea turtle bycatch
Hing Ling Chan and Minling Pan show that US bycatch regulation increases total sea turtle bycatch in the surrounding North and Central Pacific Ocean, due to production displacement and higher foreign sea turtle bycatch. (2016-05-31)
Silicon Valley Energy Summit
Stanford University's annual Silicon Valley Energy Summit delivers insights on the latest sustainable energy technologies, corporate practices, market trends and emerging government policies. (2016-05-31)
It pays to increase energy consumption
Researchers at Aarhus University have carried out extensive theoretical mappings of the way private consumers can save money for heating in a modern supply system based on electricity. (2016-05-31)
Turning human waste into next generation biofuel
Researchers affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology have found a new way to convert human waste into renewable energy sources. (2016-05-30)
Wind turbines on Galapagos replace millions of liters of diesel since 2007, meet 30 percent of energy needs
A trio of wind turbines operating on the Galapagos Islands since 2007 has mitigated the need for diesel imports and inspired an ambitious plan to expand renewable energy in this ecologically precious archipelago with a growing appetite for electricity. (2016-05-29)
UH researcher recognized for work in clean energy
Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the 2016 C3E Research Award. (2016-05-26)
C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium & Awards
Journalists are invited to attend the morning session and lunch keynote of the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium & Awards at Stanford University, on May 31, 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (2016-05-26)
Argonne technology wins 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award
A Graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity that was developed at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has won a 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award. (2016-05-26)
Investment in energy storage vital if renewables to achieve full potential
Government subsidies should be used to encourage investment in energy storage systems if renewable power is to be fully integrated into the sector, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia. (2016-05-26)
Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision
A breakthrough spearheaded by the University of Sydney could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices for night vision, and boosting applications to a host of new areas, including agriculture. (2016-05-24)
Argonne National Laboratory program to provide opportunity to launch ventures
To meet this challenge, the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations. (2016-05-24)
Discovery could energize development of longer-lasting batteries
A UT Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones. (2016-05-23)
Modified microalgae converts sunlight into valuable medicine
A special type of microalgae can soon produce valuable chemicals such as cancer treatment drugs and much more just by harnessing energy from the sun. (2016-05-20)
Special issue: Urban Planet
This special issue of Science, 'Urban Planet,' includes two Reviews, six Perspectives, and a series of new stories that feature the wide range of challenges from and impacts of an increasingly urbanized world. (2016-05-19)
USDA announces $21 million available for bioeconomy research and development
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $21 million to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training for the next generation of scientists that will expand availability of renewable, sustainable goods and energy. (2016-05-18)
New Berkeley Lab study tallies environmental and public health benefits of solar power
Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (2016-05-18)
Gone with the wind: Argonne coating shows surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power
A group of researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry -- a serendipitous finding that was recently highlighted in the journal Tribology International. (2016-05-17)
Exploring today's research on tomorrow's battery
About 250 of the world's leading energy storage experts will gather for the Ninth Energy Storage Symposium: Beyond Lithium Ion, which runs May 24-26, 2016, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. (2016-05-17)
How efficient can solar cells be? UNSW nudges closer to physical limits
A new solar cell configuration developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales has pushed sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency to 34.5 percent -- establishing a new world record for unfocused sunlight and nudging closer to the theoretical limits for such a device. (2016-05-17)
International science research conference coming to San Diego
Over 2,400 attendees will discuss topics in batteries and energy storage, corrosion science and technology, electronics, fuel cells and energy conversion, carbon nanostructures, sensors, and more. (2016-05-17)
Speeding up key oxygen-oxygen bond-formation step in water oxidation
By accelerating the formation of the oxygen-oxygen bond in water oxidation, newly developed ruthenium catalysts could drive the reaction needed to efficiently store solar energy in the chemical bonds of clean fuels. (2016-05-16)
Penn State to lead University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research
Penn State will lead a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will identify, select, execute, review and disseminate knowledge from research that will advance basic and applied research for clean energy in support of the US Department of Energy mission. (2016-05-11)
Grant helps project realize 'ultra-productive' biofuel crops, attract investors
The University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to realize ultra-productive biofuel crops. (2016-05-10)
Berkeley Lab scientists brew jet fuel in 1-pot recipe
Berkeley Lab researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a 'one-pot' method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. (2016-05-10)
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