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100% renewables doesn't equal zero-carbon energy, and the difference is growing
While 160 companies around the world have committed to use '100% renewable energy,' that does not mean '100% carbon-free energy.' The difference will grow as power grids become less reliant on fossil power, according to a new Stanford study. (2019-05-23)
Efficient, stable thermoelectric module based on high-performance liquid-like materials
Based on high-performance liquid-like materials, scientists from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics and Northwestern University innovatively fabricated a Cu2Se/Yb0.3Co4Sb12 thermoelectric module with eight n-type Ni/Ti/Yb0.3Co4Sb12 legs and eight p-type Ni/Mo/Cu2Se legs. (2019-05-23)
Producing electricity at estuaries using light and osmosis
Researchers at EPFL are working on a technology to exploit osmotic energy -- a source of power that's naturally available at estuaries, where fresh water comes into contact with seawater. (2019-05-23)
Measuring methane from coal and gas in Pennsylvania informative
While methane pollution caused by natural gas production in Pennsylvania is underestimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, natural gas still has half the carbon footprint of underground coal mining, according to an international team of researchers. (2019-05-23)
Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage
One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that's generated from wind, solar and waves. (2019-05-23)
Passive radiative cooling in delignified wood material
A newly engineered, wood-based material successfully reflects heat, or infrared radiation, and could cut the energy costs associated with cooling buildings by up to 50%, according to a modeling analysis of its application in 16 US cities. (2019-05-23)
Need for rigorous procedures within electrochemical production of ammonia
Many experimental studies of electrochemical synthesis of ammonia are flawed. (2019-05-22)
Big energy savings for tiny machines
In a ground-breaking study, a team led by Simon Fraser University physics professor David Sivak demonstrates for the first time a strategy for manipulating the trillions of tiny molecular nanomachines inside us that work to keep us alive, to maximize efficiency and conserve energy. (2019-05-22)
DGIST agreed on Energy Research Cooperation with CNR-ITAE in Italy
DGIST agreed on Energy Research Cooperation with CNR-ITAE in Italy. (2019-05-16)
Where there's waste there's fertilizer
Scientists recycle phosphorus by combining dairy and water treatment leftovers. (2019-05-15)
Breakthrough in new material to harness solar power could transform energy
The UToledo physicist pushing the performance of solar cells to levels never before reached made a significant breakthrough in the chemical formula and process to make the new material. (2019-05-14)
New Argonne coating could have big implications for lithium batteries
In a new discovery, scientists at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new cathode coating by using an oxidative chemical vapor deposition technique. (2019-05-14)
A step for a promising new battery to store clean energy
Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. (2019-05-13)
Researchers develop viable, environmentally-friendly alternative to Styrofoam
Washington State University researchers have developed an environmentally-friendly, plant-based material that for the first time works better than Styrofoam for insulation. (2019-05-09)
Assessing battery performance: Compared to what?
A team from the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, University of Warwick, OVO Energy, Hawaii National Energy Institute, and Jaguar Land Rover reviewed the literature on the various methods used around the world to characterize the performance of lithium-ion batteries to provide insight on best practices. (2019-05-09)
Serotonin boosts neuronal powerplants protecting against stress
Research from the Vaidya and Kolthur-Seetharam groups (TIFR) shows that the neurotransmitter serotonin enhances the production and functions of neuronal mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, and protect against stress. (2019-05-09)
Campus energy advances can be optimized and replicated
With a few changes to its existing energy operations, Stanford could further reduce its carbon footprint and costs in a model that other large campuses, towns and even cities can benefit from, a new study finds. (2019-05-08)
The secrets of secretion: isolating eucalyptus genes for oils, biofuel
Close genetic analysis of 480 blue mallee eucalyptus plants provides clues to modify cultivars for greater yield, whether for essential oils or jet fuel. (2019-05-08)
Intelligence can link to health and aging
For over 100 years, scientists have sought to understand what links a person's general intelligence, health and aging. (2019-05-08)
New study in Nature: Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing
Infrastructure development and other man-made changes have already fragmented or disrupted two-thirds of Earth's longest rivers. (2019-05-08)
URI researchers: Offshore wind farm increased tourism on Block Island
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island who analyzed AirBnB rental data before and after construction of the Block Island Wind Farm have found that, contrary to some concerns, the turbines have increased tourism on the island. (2019-05-06)
Crowd oil -- Fuels from air-conditioning systems
Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Toronto have proposed a method enabling air conditioning and ventilation systems to produce synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water from the ambient air. (2019-05-03)
Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars
A team from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison describe an efficient and economically feasible process for producing HMF, a versatile plant-derived chemical considered crucial for building a renewable economy. (2019-05-03)
Diving deep into water and energy trade-offs
Sometimes people don't see the impacts of sustainability decisions beyond a balance ledger. (2019-05-01)
New research to explore technology needed for peer-to-peer 'free trade' in excess energy
People who generate their own power through solar panels and wind turbines may soon be able to decide where to distribute their excess energy, rather than back to the national grid. (2019-04-30)
Record solar hydrogen production with concentrated sunlight
EPFL researchers have created a smart device capable of producing large amounts of clean hydrogen. (2019-04-29)
Cosmic dust reveals new insights on the formation of solar system
The study of a tiny grain of stardust -- older than our solar system -- is shining new light on how planetary systems are formed. (2019-04-29)
Study: Deep-ocean creatures living a 'feast-or-famine' existence because of energy fluxes
Scientists for the first time have tracked how much energy from plants and animals at the surface of the open ocean survives as particles drop to the seafloor more than two miles below, where they say a surprisingly robust ecosystem eagerly awaits. (2019-04-26)
Improving the lifetime of bioelectrodes for solar energy conversion
The use of proteins involved in the photosynthetic process enables the development of affordable and efficient devices for energy conversion. (2019-04-26)
Carnegie Mellon chemists manipulate the quantum states of gold nanoclusters
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Chemistry have found a way to control the lifetime of the quantum states of gold nanoclusters by three orders of magnitude, which could lead to improvements in solar cell and photocatalysis technologies. (2019-04-26)
Tracking charge carriers in the molecular crystal at organic pn junction
In conventional organic solar cells, the electrons exhibit their particle-nature and need to jump between organic molecules in the cell. (2019-04-25)
Caffeine gives solar cells an energy boost
Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Solargiga Energy in China have discovered that caffeine can help make a promising alternative to traditional solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity. (2019-04-25)
How to take the 'petro' out of the petrochemicals industry
University of Toronto Engineering researchers chart a course for how an alternative technology -- renewable electrosynthesis -- could usher in a more sustainable chemical industry, and ultimately enable us to leave much more oil and gas in the ground. (2019-04-25)
Cleaner, cheaper ammonia
Ammonia -- a colorless gas essential for things like fertilizer -- can be made by a new process which is far cleaner, easier and cheaper than the current leading method. (2019-04-24)
NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops
NTU Singapore scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15% in laboratory conditions. (2019-04-20)
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)
Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water
Researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering have demonstrated a successful prototype of one critical component for affordable small-scale desalination: an inexpensive solar evaporator, made of wood. (2019-04-16)
A breakthrough in acidic water electrolysis via ruthenium-based catalysts
A recent study from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) makes hydrogen production through water electrolysis easier and more efficient, and allows people to see the great potential of hydrogen as an alternative new energy in the future. (2019-04-15)
Plastic's carbon footprint
From campaigns against microplastics to news of the great Pacific garbage patch, public awareness is growing about the outsized effect plastic has on the world's oceans. (2019-04-15)
How partisan politics could take a bite out of your wallet
mutual funds maximize client wealth by investing their clients' assets in funds that best match the client's investment strategy (low-risk, short-term, etc.). (2019-04-15)
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