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Solar panel demand causing spike in worldwide silver prices
Rising demand for solar panels is having a major effect on the worldwide price of silver, which could lead to solar panel production costs becoming far higher in the future, new research from the University of Kent has demonstrated. (2019-04-17)
Inner electrons behave differently in aromatic hydrocarbons
In an international research collaboration between Tsinghua University in Beijing and Sorbonne University in Paris, scientists found that four hydrocarbon molecules, known for their internal ring structure, have a lower threshold for the release of excess energy than molecules without a similar ring structure, because one of their electrons decays from a higher to a lower energy level, a phenomenon called the Auger effect. (2019-04-11)
Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change
Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research published by Nature Energy. (2019-04-08)
Optimizing proton beam therapy with mathematical models
Particle beam therapy, a form of radiotherapy that involves using beams of positively charged particles rather than X-rays, is becoming increasingly popular. (2019-04-02)
Scientists capture live, atomic-level detail of nanoparticle formation
Scientists at the Sensitive Instrument Facility of the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory achieved real-time atom rearrangement monitoring using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy during the synthesis of intermetallic nanoparticles (iNPs). (2019-04-02)
OU engineers discover novel role of water in production of renewable fuels
University of Oklahoma engineers in collaboration with the University of Tulsa have discovered a novel approach for the water-assisted upgrading of the renewable chemical, furfural, doubling or tripling the rate of conversion. (2019-04-01)
Scientists discover potential sustainable energy technology for the household refrigerator
While many advancements have been in improving its efficiency, the refrigerator still consumes considerable energy each year. (2019-03-28)
Bacteria could become a future source of electricity
In recent years, researchers have tried to capture the electrical current that bacteria generate through their own metabolism. (2019-03-26)
Energy stealthily hitches ride in global trade
Fulfilling the world's growing energy needs summons images of oil pipelines, electric wires and truckloads of coal. (2019-03-21)
Quantum physicists succeed in controlling energy losses and shifts
In their paper to be published on March 11, 2019 in Nature Physics, scientists from Aalto University and the University of Oulu demonstrate that they can increase the dissipation rate, on demand, by a factor of thousand in a high-quality superconducting resonator--just like the ones used in prototype quantum computers. (2019-03-11)
Shifting away from coal is key to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, PSU study finds
The United States could fulfill its greenhouse gas emission pledge under the Paris Climate Agreement by virtually eliminating coal as an energy source by 2024, according to new research from Portland State University. (2019-03-07)
NREL pioneers cleaner route to upcycle plastics into superior products
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a method of plastics upcycling -- transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value -- that could economically incentivize the recycling of waste plastics and help solve one of the world's most looming pollution problems. (2019-03-05)
CO2 emissions in developed economies fall due to decreasing fossil fuel and energy use
Efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and tackle climate change are beginning to pay off according to research led by the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia. (2019-02-25)
Understanding high efficiency of deep ultraviolet LEDs
Deep ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (DUV-LEDs) made from aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN) efficiently transfer electrical energy to optical energy due to the growth of one of its bottom layers in a step-like fashion. (2019-02-22)
Basis of efficient blue-green light harvesting and photoprotection in diatoms revealed
Diatoms are abundant photosynthetic organisms in aquatic environments; they contribute 20 percent of global primary productivity. (2019-02-11)
Smart lighting control systems can mean a saving of 400€ a year in the electricity bill
A group of researchers have developed a predictive method for quantifying, by means of simulations of new dynamic metrics, the potential energy and economic saving that using smart lighting control systems brings. (2019-02-06)
Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry
Chemical manufacturing accounts for 10 percent of global energy consumption and 7 percent of industrial greenhouse gas emissions. (2019-01-30)
Putting that free energy around you to good use with minuscule energy harvesters
Scientists at Tokyo Tech developed a micro-electromechanical energy harvester that allows for more flexibility in design, which is crucial for future IoT applications. (2019-01-27)
New water splitting catalyst could make it easier to generate solar fuel
Water splitting, the process of harvesting solar energy to generate energy-dense fuels, could be simplified thanks to new research including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2019-01-23)
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)
A new way to transfer energy between cells
Researchers have described a new method for the transmission of electrons between proteins that refutes the evidence from experiments until now. (2019-01-17)
Engineered light to improve health, food, suggests Sandia researcher in Nature
intentionally controlled light can help regulate human health and productivity by eliciting various hormonal responses. (2019-01-16)
NREL details great potential for floating PV systems
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation's annual electricity production. (2019-01-08)
Our universe: An expanding bubble in an extra dimension
Uppsala University researchers have devised a new model for the universe -- one that may solve the enigma of dark energy. (2018-12-28)
AIDS -- an approach for targeting HIV reservoirs
Current HIV treatments need to be taken for life by those infected as antiretroviral therapy is unable to eliminate viral reservoirs lurking in immune cells. (2018-12-20)
Holey graphene as Holy Grail alternative to silicon chips
Novel spintronics applications could stem from introducing holes into graphene to form triangular antidot lattices, granting the material new magnetic properties. (2018-12-19)
Upwind wind plants can reduce flow to downwind neighbors
New National Science Foundation and Department of Energy-funded research highlights a previously unexplored consequence of the global proliferation of wind energy facilities: a wake effect from upwind facilities that can reduce the energy production of their downwind neighbors. (2018-12-18)
An energy-efficient way to stay warm: Sew high-tech heating patches to your clothes
What if, instead of turning up the thermostat, you could warm up with high-tech, flexible patches sewn into your clothes -- while significantly reducing your electric bill and carbon footprint? (2018-12-13)
Small but versatile: Key players in the marine nitrogen cycle can utilize cyanate and urea
The ammonia oxidizing archaea, or Thaumarchaeota, are amongst the most abundant marine microorganisms. (2018-12-10)
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 major feat: room temperature electrochemical cycling of a fluoride-ion battery
Researchers have made notable progress in the ongoing effort to develop high energy-density batteries by demonstrating the room-temperature operation of fluoride-ion based (FIB) energy cells, a new study reports. (2018-12-06)
Widespread decrease in wind energy resources found over the Northern Hemisphere
A new study focusing on the change in wind energy resources and models' simulation ability over the Northern Hemisphere reveals a widespread decline in wind energy resources over the Northern Hemisphere. (2018-12-05)
New catalyst produces cheap hydrogen
QUT chemistry researchers have discovered cheaper and more efficient materials for producing hydrogen for the storage of renewable energy that could replace current water-splitting catalysts. (2018-11-29)
Fullerene compounds made simulation-ready
Hollow football-shaped carbon structures, called fullerenes, have applications in areas ranging from artificial photosynthesis and nonlinear optics, to the production of photoactive films and nanostructures. (2018-11-15)
Low carb diets can help maintain weight loss by increasing number of calories burned
A low carbohydrate diet could help people maintain their weight loss by increasing the number of calories burned, finds a large US feeding trial published by The BMJ today. (2018-11-14)
UTA researchers find cheaper, less energy-intensive way to purify ethylene
Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have filed a provisional patent application on a new copper compound that can be used to purify ethylene for use as a raw material in the production of plastics such as polyethylene or PVC, as well as other industrial compounds. (2018-11-13)
Researchers capture in-action images of photosynthetic protein complex splitting water
In a new article published in Nature an international research team presents high-resolution images of photosystem II, the protein complex that splits water into hydrogen ions and oxygen during photosynthesis. (2018-11-07)
New technologies in the ocean energy sector
Analysis of ten future emerging technologies to generate energy from the ocean tides and waves. (2018-10-30)
'Milder' ammonia synthesis method should help environment
A Chinese research team has developed a ''milder'' way to synthesize ammonia by requiring lower temperature and pressure than the current method. (2018-10-29)
Modelling a future fuelled by sustainable energy
University of Adelaide economists have modelled the transition from a world powered by fossil fuels to one in which sustainable sources supply all our energy needs. (2018-10-29)
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