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Colliding molecules and antiparticles
A study by Marcos Barp and Felipe Arretche from Brazil published in EPJ D shows a model of the interaction between positrons and simple molecules that is in good agreement with experimental results. (2019-12-13)
Supporting structures of wind turbines contribute to wind farm blockage effect
Much about the aerodynamic effects of larger wind farms remains poorly understood. (2019-12-12)
Why whales are so big, but not bigger
Whales' large bodies help them consume their prey at high efficiencies, a more than decade-long study of around 300 tagged whales now shows, but their gigantism is limited by prey availability and foraging efficiency. (2019-12-12)
Pathways toward post-petrochemistry
Ethylene, or ethene, is a primary feedstock for the chemical industry, including as a starting material for the production of a wide variety of plastics. (2019-12-11)
Punching holes in opaque solar cells turns them transparent
Researchers in Korea have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent. (2019-12-11)
All Bitcoin mining should be environmentally friendly
The energy used to mine for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is on par with the energy consumed by Ireland. (2019-12-10)
Silver improves the efficiency of monograin layer solar cells
As a result of their two-year joint project, the materials researchers of Tallinn University of Technology have improved the efficiency of next generation solar cells by partial substitution of copper with silver in absorber material. (2019-12-10)
Proton-hydrogen collision model could impact fusion research
A new study published in EPJ D uses new techniques to calculate the cross sections of atoms which have been excited to higher energy levels. (2019-12-09)
Researchers: Put a brake on bioenergy by 2050 to avoid negative climate impacts
A peer-reviewed assessment cautions that ramping up bioenergy projects requiring large stretches of land could send renewable energy sector down an unsustainable path. (2019-12-05)
Mapping the energy transport mechanism of chalcogenide perovskite for solar energy use
Researchers from Lehigh University have, for the first time, revealed first-hand knowledge about the fundamental energy carrier properties of chalcogenide perovskite CaZrSe3, important for potential solar energy use. (2019-12-04)
Co-combustion of wood and oil-shale reduces carbon emissions
Utilization of fossil fuels, which represents an increasing environmental risk, can be made more environmentally friendly by adding wood -- as concluded based on the preliminary results of the year-long study carried out by thermal engineers of Tallinn University of Technology. (2019-12-03)
A study of Saturn's largest moon may offer insights for earth
Scientists studying the weather and climate of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have reported a significant seasonal variation in its energy budget, a finding which could yield new insights into climate on Earth. (2019-12-03)
Global carbon emissions increase but rate has slowed
Global carbon emissions are set to grow more slowly in 2019, with a decline in coal burning offset by strong growth in natural gas and oil use worldwide -- according to new research. (2019-12-03)
Daylight damage-saving time
A research team led by Kanazawa University investigated the ways sunlight can degrade the efficiency of newly developed organic photovoltaics over time. (2019-12-02)
New membrane technology to boost water purification and energy storage
Imperial College London scientists have created a new type of membrane that could improve water purification and battery energy storage efforts. (2019-12-02)
Laboratory-evolved bacteria switch to consuming CO2 for growth
Over the course of several months, researchers in Israel created Escherichia coli strains that consume CO2 for energy instead of organic compounds. (2019-11-27)
Biodiversity and wind energy
The location and operation of wind energy plants are often in direct conflict with the legal protection of endangered species. (2019-11-27)
Carbon intensity of power sector down in 2019
Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation have compiled carbon emissions for the US electric power sector for the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 as part of the CMU Power Sector Carbon Index. (2019-11-27)
Thermo-chemical power generation integrated with forced convection cooling
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology combine forced convection cooling with thermo-electrochemical energy conversion to create a self-sustaining liquid cooling system. (2019-11-27)
Nuclear reactors with a newly proposed barrier could've withstood Chernobyl and Fukushima
To regain public confidence in nuclear power -- a sustainable source of renewable energy, as well as bridging the gap between what we know today and what is going on in practice, scientists propose a new safety barrier to be implemented in large reactors around the world. (2019-11-26)
Leftover grain from breweries could be converted into fuel for homes
A Queen's University Belfast researcher has developed a low cost technique to convert left over barley from alcohol breweries into carbon, which could be used as a renewable fuel for homes in winter, charcoal for summer barbecues or water filters in developing countries. (2019-11-26)
New study analyzes viability of sustainable fuels developed through ORNL process
A technology developed at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol, according to a new analysis. (2019-11-26)
Saving bats from wind turbine death
Wind energy holds great promise as a source of renewable energy, but some have wondered addressing climate change has taken precedence over conservation of biodiversity. (2019-11-26)
Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemicals
A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals. (2019-11-26)
Big trucks, little emissions
Researchers reveal a new integrated, cost-efficient way of converting ethanol for fuel blends that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (2019-11-26)
US public views on climate and energy
Majorities of Americans say the federal government is doing too little for key aspects of the environment. (2019-11-25)
Illinois researcher's theory of pore-scale transport to enable improved flow batteries
Redox flow batteries are an emerging technology for electrochemical energy storage that could help enhance the use of power produced by renewable energy resources. (2019-11-21)
Big plans to save the planet depend on nanoscopic materials improving energy storage
In the latest edition of Science, an international team of researchers, led by Drexel University professors Yury Gogotsi, PhD, and Ekaterina Pomerantseva, PhD, present a comprehensive analysis of two decades of energy storage research involving nanomaterials. (2019-11-21)
Grid reliability under climate change may require more power generation capacity
Researchers applied a new modeling approach for long-term planning of the U.S. power grid under future climate and water resource conditions. (2019-11-21)
Climate change reassessment prompts call for a 'more sober' discourse
An international research team has called for a more sober discourse around climate change prospects, following an extensive reassessment of climate change's progress and its mitigation. (2019-11-21)
Estimating the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining
As an alternative to government-issued money, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin offers relative anonymity, no sales tax and freedom from bank and government interference. (2019-11-20)
New hybrid device can both capture and store solar energy
Researchers have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation and desalination. (2019-11-20)
Researchers design an improved pathway to carbon-neutral plastics
Researchers from University of Toronto Engineering and Caltech have designed a new and improved system for efficiently converting CO2, water, and renewable energy into ethylene -- the precursor to a wide range of plastic products -- under neutral conditions. (2019-11-20)
Hubble studies gamma-ray burst with highest energy ever seen
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers a peek at the location of the most energetic outburst ever seen in the universe -- a blast of gamma-rays a trillion times more powerful than visible light. (2019-11-20)
Researchers visualize bacteria motor in first step toward human-produced electrical energy
Humans, one day, may be able to produce their own electrical energy in the same way electric eels do, according to a research team based in Japan. (2019-11-20)
Decarbonizing the power sector
Electricity supply is one of the biggest CO2 emitters globally. (2019-11-19)
Steep momentum gradients play a major role in coastal precipitation
Steep gradients of wind stress and potential temperature enable sustainable nearshore precipitation systems along the western coastal region of Korea. (2019-11-19)
Boosting wind farmers, global winds reverse decades of slowing and pick up speed
In a boon to wind farms, average daily wind speeds are picking up across much of the globe after about 30 years of gradual slowing. (2019-11-18)
Steep energy bills can lead families into poverty, nationwide study shows
While it makes sense that families living below the poverty line have a difficult time covering their energy bills, new University of Wisconsin Oshkosh research shows the reverse to be true as well ... high energy bills can lead a household into poverty. (2019-11-18)
Switching to renewable energy could save thousands of lives in Africa
New research from Harvard University and the University of Leicester finds that if Africa chooses a future powered by fossil fuels, nearly 50,000 people could die prematurely each year from fossil fuel emissions by 2030, mostly in South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi. (2019-11-18)
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