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Renewables in Europe: Land requirements can be reduced at low cost
Transitioning our energy supply from coal, oil and gas to wind and solar power is feasible. (2020-08-07)
Energy demands limit our brains' information processing capacity
Our brains have an upper limit on how much they can process at once due to a constant but limited energy supply, according to a new UCL study using a brain imaging method that measures cellular metabolism. (2020-08-03)
For solar boom, scrap silicon for this promising mineral
Cornell University engineers have found that photovoltaic wafers in solar panels with all-perovskite structures outperform photovoltaic cells made from state-of-the-art crystalline silicon, as well as perovskite-silicon tandem cells, which are stacked pancake-style cells that absorb light better. (2020-08-03)
Tinkering with roundworm proteins offers hope for anti-aging drugs
KAIST researchers have been able to dial up and down creatures' lifespans by altering the activity of proteins found in roundworm cells that tell them to convert sugar into energy when their cellular energy is running low. (2020-07-31)
Blueprint may power up KSA's wind energy future
High-resolution analysis of wind speed across Saudi Arabia can help fast track the expansion of the Kingdom's emerging world-class wind energy industry. (2020-07-25)
High-protein distillers dried grains with solubles provide high quality pig nutrition
With more ethanol in production and a greater ability to upcycle co-products into animal feed ingredients, companies are creating custom products and partnering with University of Illinois researchers to test for quality and digestibility. (2020-07-24)
Oxygen breathes new life into solar cell research
Scientists in Australia and the United States have been able to 'upconvert' low energy light into high energy light, which can be captured by solar cells, in a new way, with oxygen the surprise secret ingredient. (2020-07-20)
Tulane scientists build high-performing hybrid solar energy converter
The project is the culmination of a U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E project that began in 2014 with $3.3 million in funding and involved years of prototype development at Tulane and field testing in San Diego. (2020-07-15)
Towards climate resilient urban energy systems
Nik and colleagues evaluated the progress achieved in the energy sector to adapt to climate change, focusing on the climate resilience of urban energy systems. (2020-07-08)
New study resolves mystery surrounding unique light-harvesting structures in algae
Photosynthesis is a biochemical process that converts solar energy into chemical energy, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. (2020-07-06)
To quench or not to quench: Understanding the role of a cyanobacterial photosystem protein
Photosynthesis is one of the most fundamental processes that support life on earth. (2020-07-06)
Neurobiology -- How much oxygen does the brain need?
The brain has a high energy demand and reacts very sensitively to oxygen deficiency. (2020-07-06)
Solar assisted heating networks reduce environmental impact and energy consumption
More than 40% of energy consumption in the European Union is by buildings and 63% of this figure is due to residential dwellings. (2020-07-03)
New nano-engineering strategy shows potential for improved advanced energy storage
Renewable energy platforms such as wind and solar need large-scale energy storage systems. (2020-07-03)
Anammox bacteria generate energy from wastewater while taking a breath
More energy-efficient wastewater treatment may be possible by harnessing anammox bacteria's surprising ability to 'breathe' solid-state matter. (2020-06-29)
Decline in green energy spending might offset COVID-era emissions benefits
Researchers have documented short-term environmental benefits during the COVID-19-related lockdown, but that silver lining could be far outweighed by a long-term decline on clean energy investments, a new Yale-led study finds. (2020-06-22)
The exhaust gas from a power plant can be recovered and used as a raw reaction material
A Japanese research group developed a new technology that can drastically conserve the energy used to capture CO2 from gases exhausted from a concentrated source such as thermal power plants. (2020-06-19)
Spacecrafts get a boost in 'aerogravity assisted' interactions
In a recently published paper in EPJ Special Topics, Jhonathan O. (2020-06-18)
A post-pandemic world: will populations be on the move? Study shows contagions could be catalysts for mass migration
Could the world soon be on the move again in the wake of COVID-19? (2020-06-11)
Lightning in a (nano)bottle: new supercapacitor opens door to better wearable electronics
Researchers from Skoltech, Aalto University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a high-performance, low-cost, environmentally friendly, and stretchable supercapacitor that can potentially be used in wearable electronics (2020-06-11)
New nanodevice could use solar energy to produce hydrogen
Amsterdam, June 9, 2020 - Solar energy is considered by some to be the ultimate solution to address the current energy crisis and global warming and the environmental crises brought about by excessive consumption of fossil fuels. (2020-06-09)
Silicon 'neurons' may add a new dimension to computer processors
Research from the McKelvey School of Engineering shows that energy constraints on a system, coupled with an intrinsic property of systems, push silicon neurons to create a dynamic, at-a-distance communication that is more robust and efficient than traditional computer processors. (2020-06-04)
Finding balance between green energy storage, harvesting
Generating power through wind or solar energy is dependent on the abundance of the right weather conditions, making finding the optimal strategy for storage crucial to the future of sustainable energy usage. (2020-06-02)
Technology is studied that could save 12% of the energy used in pressurized irrigation
A study, performed in two Andalusian provinces, analyzed the potential of producing electricity by means of recovering hydraulic energy by implanting new technology based on pumps working as turbines (2020-05-27)
Surrey unveils fast-charging super-capacitor technology
Experts from the University of Surrey believe their dream of clean energy storage is a step closer after they unveiled their ground-breaking super-capacitor technology that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates, particularly for mobile applications. (2020-05-14)
Transporting energy through a single molecular nanowire
Photosynthetic systems in nature transport energy very efficiently towards a reaction center, where it is converted into a useful form for the organism. (2020-05-08)
Ending the daily work commute may not cut energy usage as much as one might hope
A mass move to working-from-home accelerated by the Coronavirus pandemic might not be as beneficial to the planet as many hope, according to a new study by the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). (2020-04-30)
Arctic wildlife uses extreme method to save energy
The extreme cold, harsh environment and constant hunt for food means that Arctic animals have become specialists in saving energy. (2020-04-28)
Delivery drones instead of postal vans? Study reveals drones still consume too much energy
When delivering parcels, drones often have a poorer energy balance than traditional delivery vans, as shown by a new study conducted at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. (2020-04-22)
Often and little, or rarely and to the full?
If we were talking about food, most experts would choose the former, but in the case of energy storage the opposite is true. (2020-04-20)
Physicists develop approach to increase performance of solar energy
Experimental condensed matter physicists in the Department of Physics at the University of Oklahoma have developed an approach to circumvent a major loss process that currently limits the efficiency of commercial solar cells. (2020-04-20)
Diamonds shine in energy storage solution
QUT researchers have proposed the design of a new carbon nanostructure made from diamond nanothreads that could one day be used for mechanical energy storage, wearable technologies, and biomedical applications. (2020-04-20)
Questionable stability of dissipative topological models for classical and quantum systems
In a new paper in EPJ D, Rebekka Koch from Amsterdam and Jan Carl Budich from Dresden analyse the spectral instability of energy-dissipative systems caused by their boundaries: A situation that is naturally given in experimental setups. (2020-04-15)
NREL six-junction solar cell sets two world records for efficiency
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have fabricated a solar cell with an efficiency of nearly 50%. (2020-04-14)
Making big data processing more energy efficient using magnetic circuits
New research finds that magnetic wires, spaced a certain way, can lead to a 20-30x reduction in the amount of energy needed to run neural network training algorithms. (2020-04-13)
Repair instead of renew: Damaged powerhouses of cells have their own 'workshop mode'
CECAD-researchers find a molecular repair pathway for cellular energy production, publication in 'Nature Communications' (2020-04-02)
Tiny tech for accelerating transformation to low-carbon energy
In a Policy Forum, Charlie Wilson and colleagues explore the potential advantages of 'granular' energy technologies -- small-scale, lower-cost and modular technologies -- for accelerating the low-carbon transformation of our global energy system. (2020-04-02)
Uncertain climate future could disrupt energy systems
An international team of scientists has published a new study proposing an optimization methodology for designing climate-resilient energy systems and to help ensure that communities will be able to meet future energy needs given weather and climate variability. (2020-04-01)
Mandatory building energy audits alone do not overcome barriers to energy efficiency
A pioneering law may be insufficient to incentivize significant energy use reductions in residential and office buildings, a new study finds. (2020-03-30)
Renewable energy developments threaten biodiverse areas
More than 2000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species across the globe. (2020-03-25)
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