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Support for fracking is at an all-time low, says new survey
As the government gives the go-ahead to resume fracking in the UK, a new survey from The University of Nottingham has shown that public support for the extraction and use of shale gas has fallen from over 58 percent in July 2013 to just over 37 percent in October 2016. (2016-10-13)
Critical Materials Institute announces partnership with Rio Tinto
The Critical Materials Institute (CMI) -- a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory 0- announced today an important new research initiative in partnership with Rio Tinto, a mining and metals company. (2016-10-12)
Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic perovskite with exceptional solar cell properties
Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency. (2016-10-11)
NREL to lead one exascale computing project, support three others
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead an effort to model the complex and turbulent flow of wind through large wind plants as part of DOE's Exascale Computing Project, which is gearing up US computational capabilities to prepare for the next generation of supercomputers. (2016-10-11)
Three NREL technologies named as finalists for R&D 100 Awards
Two technologies developed by researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a third developed through a collaboration between Wolfspeed, NREL, Toyota, and the University of Arkansas' National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, have been named finalists by R&D Magazine for the coveted 2016 R&D 100 Awards. (2016-10-11)
NREL releases updated baseline of cost and performance data for electricity generation technologies
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released the 2016 Annual Technology Baseline. (2016-10-11)
NREL report shows US solar photovoltaic costs continuing to fall in 2016
The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the US residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (2016-10-11)
NREL supercomputing model provides insights from higher wind and solar generation in the eastern power grid
A new study from the United States Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. (2016-10-11)
NREL to lead new consortium to improve reliability and performance of solar modules
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will form a new consortium intended to accelerate the development of module materials for photovoltaics and lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power. (2016-10-11)
NTU deepens relations with Norway through partnerships in sustainability research
Nanyang Technological University will be deepening its collaboration with Norway in the areas of renewable energy, electric transportation and smart grids. (2016-10-11)
New kind of supercapacitor made without carbon
A new material for supercapacitors developed at MIT could make these battery-like devices outperform any existing versions for energy storage applications. (2016-10-10)
MPP paper recognized in the sustainability in energy and buildings sector
The paper entitled 'The multi-detail building archetypes in urban energy modelling' won the Georgios Kazas Award at the 8th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2016, which took place in Turin, Italy. (2016-10-10)
CU Boulder engineers transform brewery wastewater into energy storage
University of Colorado Boulder engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells. (2016-10-07)
How airlines are cutting their carbon footprint
The global aviation industry has pledged that by 2050, it will reduce its net carbon emissions to half its 2005 levels. (2016-10-06)
UTA proves organic semiconducting polymers can harvest sunlight to split CO2 into alcohol fuels
Chemists at the University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst. (2016-10-06)
CMI announces domestic rare-earth magnet partnership with INFINIUM
The US Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute announced today a new partnership with INFINIUM, a metals production technology company, to demonstrate the production of rare-earth magnets sourced and manufactured entirely in the US. (2016-10-06)
Record for perovskite/CIGS tandem solar module
Thin-film technologies can dramatically reduce the cost of next-generation solar modules. (2016-10-06)
Harnessing algae for the creation of clean energy
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have revealed how microalgae produce hydrogen, a clean fuel of the future, and suggest a possible mechanism to jumpstart mass production of this environmentally friendly energy source. (2016-10-06)
Researchers call for global grand challenge strategy to develop clean energy
In a comment in this week's science journal Nature, an international group of researchers from nine countries call for a grand challenges strategy to set global priorities for developing renewable energy. (2016-10-05)
Strong at the coast, weak in the cities -- the German energy-transition patchwork
The energy transition in Germany is making progress. In 2015, hydropower, wind, sun and biomass provided about 35 percent of electricity. (2016-10-04)
ORNL licenses rare earth magnet recycling process to Momentum Technologies
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Momentum Technologies have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement for an ORNL process designed to recover rare earth magnets from used computer hard drives. (2016-10-04)
New advances in solar cell technology
Bringing the dream of utilizing cost-effective renewable energy resources into reality: new, more effective solar cells can be make through novel perovskite research. (2016-10-04)
GreenWood Resources licenses ORNL invention to boost biofuel yield
GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. (2016-10-04)
Researchers discover more efficient way to split water, produce hydrogen
A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the California Institute of Technology has reported a more efficient catalyst to produce hydrogen from water, using molybdenum sulfoselenide particles on three-dimensional porous nickel diselenide foam to increase catalytic activity. (2016-10-03)
New Hikari supercomputer starts solar HVDC
The Hikari supercomputer launched at the Texas Advanced Computing Center is the first in the US powered by solar HVDC. (2016-10-03)
Dammed if you do: Scientists recommend strategies to reduce environmental damage from dams
Though hydropower is renewable energy, construction and operation of dams harms ecosystem functions and services. (2016-09-08)
ORNL receives Exascale Computing Project awards to develop next-gen applications
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received funding from DOE's Exascale Computing Project to develop applications for future exascale systems that will be 50 to 100 times more powerful than today's fastest supercomputers. (2016-09-07)
Fuel cell membrane patented by Sandia outperforms market
Industrial interest is expected in a vehicular fuel cell membrane able to excrete protons at the most effective temperature ranges, allowing electrons to form an unimpeded electric current. (2016-09-07)
Argonne-led projects among $39.8 million in first-round Exascale Computing Project awards
The Exascale Computing Project today announced its first round of funding with the selection of application development proposals, including three Argonne-led projects. (2016-09-07)
New tool can calculate renewable energy output anywhere in the world
Researchers have created an interactive web tool to estimate the amount of energy that could be generated by wind or solar farms at any location. (2016-09-06)
NREL releases updated baseline of cost and performance data for electricity generation technologies
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Annual Technology Baseline. (2016-09-06)
NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that runs counter to the intended usage of the hybrid organic-inorganic material. (2016-09-06)
Incubating climate change
A group of James Cook University scientists led by Emeritus Professor Ross Alford has designed and built an inexpensive incubator that could boost research into how animals and plants will be affected by climate change. (2016-09-06)
NREL supercomputing provides insights from higher wind & solar generation in eastern grid
A new study from the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. (2016-09-06)
ORNL licenses rare earth magnet recycling process to Momentum Technologies
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Momentum Technologies have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement for an ORNL process designed to recover rare earth magnets from used computer hard drives. (2016-09-02)
Stanford seed grants push the boundaries of innovative energy research
The Precourt Institute and the TomKat Center have awarded 15 seed grants for clean-energy research at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. (2016-08-31)
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)
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