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1 in 5 residents overuses electricity at neighbors' expense
Household electricity use falls by more than 30 percent when residents are obliged to pay for their own personal consumption. This is shown in a new Swedish study by researchers at Uppsala University's and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS). (2017-03-06)

Electricity market's policy instruments not a good combination
While they may have similar environmental aims, the Swedish electricity market's two policy instruments -- tradable green certificates and carbon emissions allowances -- are not easy bedfellows. Such is the opinion of Anna Widerberg, economics researcher at the University of Gothenburg, in her recently presented thesis on how the two policy instruments together affect the Swedish electricity market. (2011-10-04)

Africa's urban waste, a valuable source of electricity
Estimated electricity production from the total waste generated in Africa could reach 122.2 TWh in 2025, or more than 20 percent of the electricity consumed in 2010 at continental level (661.5TWh), according to a JRC co-authored study which analyzed the potential of urban solid waste for Africa's electricity needs. (2015-10-12)

High renewable electricity growth continued in 2015
The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. (2016-12-06)

NREL releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, detailing increases in installed capacity
The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (2015-03-03)

NREL releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, detailing increases in installed capacity
he newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (2015-01-27)

Study sheds light on reducing energy costs
A new research project at the University of Leicester is examining the problem of high electricity prices around the world. (2010-06-21)

Generating clean electricity will improve world population's health
The health of people around the world will (2007-09-12)

Hydrogen distribution not an option in biomass gasification
When using fuel cells to generate electricity from biomass, the best approach is to do so centrally, in combination with a gas turbine. The production and subsequent distribution of hydrogen is an inefficient process. This is the view of Richard Toonssen, who will defend his doctoral dissertation on this subject at TU Delft in the Netherlands on Thursday, July 8. (2010-07-08)

IT industry's renewable energy procurement is significant, set to climb
The percentage of renewable electricity purchased by US companies in the information and communication technology sector is growing and will likely increase significantly by the start of the next decade, according to a first-ever analysis by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (2015-08-25)

Solar cells of the future
A new material, nano flakes, may revolutionize the transformation of solar energy to electricity. (2007-12-18)

Using the energy in oil shale without releasing carbon dioxide in a greenhouse world
New technology that combines production of electricity with capture of carbon dioxide could make billions of barrels of oil shale -- now regarded as off-limits because of the huge amounts of carbon dioxide released in its production -- available as an energy source in a greenhouse world of the future. That's the conclusion of a report on (2011-04-20)

Researchers develop new possibilities for solar power
Two Queen's researchers have contributed to a significant breakthrough in solar technology. Their research has led to a new solar photovoltaic thermal system that generates both electricity and heat. (2012-07-10)

Initiative to study Pennsylvania electricity markets and economics
Producers, distributors and regulators have joined with Penn State to form the Penn State Electricity Economics Initiative, a cooperative project to investigate possibilities and challenges surrounding electricity restructuring in the commonwealth. (2010-03-24)

NREL releases Renewable Energy Data Book detailing growing industry in 2012
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data BookPDF on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The annual report is an important assessment of US energy statistics for 2012, including renewable electricity, worldwide renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and data on specific technologies. (2013-11-26)

Electricity supply: Sustainable sources remain expensive
Ambitious government environmental objectives for the electricity sector are only possible at a high price. This is one of the conclusions of researcher Hans Rödel, who is to receive his Ph.D .at TU Delft in the Netherlands on Thursday, Oct. 9. He recommends a combination of different modern generation technologies, CO2 capture and storage, the use of biomass and the recycling of waste heat. (2008-10-07)

No increased risk of brain cancer from electromagnetic fields
Exposure to electromagnetic fields does not increase the risk of developing a brain tumour, finds a study of electricity industry workers, reported in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2001-09-10)

Making more efficient fuel cells
Bacteria that generate significant amounts of electricity could be used in microbial fuel cells to provide power in remote environments or to convert waste to electricity. Professor Derek Lovley from the University of Massachusetts isolated bacteria with large numbers of tiny projections called pili which were more efficient at transferring electrons to generate power in fuel cells than bacteria with a smooth surface. (2009-09-06)

Wind energy not limited by technical barriers
Dutch research has demonstrated that there are no technical barriers to wind energy generating a significant part of the electricity supply. With the appropriate technical measures, possible problems in the electricity grid can be taken care of properly. (2003-12-19)

Giving the electricity network more grunt
QUT's Chair in Power Engineering, professor Gerard Ledwich, said because renewable generation was not predictable other generation currently needed to be available to ensure continuity of supply. He hopes to develop storage and demand management systems to ensure renewable electricity can be better stored during low usage times for use in peak periods, cutting down the amount of fossil generation that needs to be available as a back-up. (2012-01-12)

Renewable energy can be a lot cheaper
Dutch energy policy is directed at 17 percent of electricity demand being covered by renewable energy sources by 2020. Martin Junginger has demonstrated that this can be achieved at considerably lower costs than is the case now. He also found that it might be more financially advantageous to realise part of the objective outside of the Netherlands because, for example, more space is available there for wind turbines or because more biomass is available there. (2005-05-10)

Electricity systems can cope with large-scale wind power
Research by TU Delft in the Netherlands proves that Dutch power stations are able to cope at any time in the future with variations in demand for electricity and supply of wind power, as long as use is made of up-to-date wind forecasts. Ph.D. candidate Bart Ummels also demonstrates that there is no need for energy storage facilities. Ummels will receive his Ph.D. on this topic on Thursday, Feb. 26. (2009-02-23)

Electricity grid could become a type of Internet
In the future everyone who is connected to the electricity grid will be able to upload and download packages of electricity to and from this network. (2007-10-24)

'Smart' fridges stay cool by talking to each other
Smart' fridges that run on renewable electricity and are capable of negotiating the most energy efficient way to keep food cold have been developed by researchers from CSIRO's Energy Transformed Flagship. (2009-01-19)

The future of electricity may be found in environmentally friendly, thermoelectric cells
The US Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation are funding research that may result in a military turbine aircraft that for the first time ever will produce its own electricity from exhaust heat generated from thermo electricity. (2009-10-14)

Biofuel cell generates electricity when implanted in False Death's Head Cockroach
Scientists have developed and implanted into a living insect -- the False Death's Head Cockroach -- a miniature fuel cell that converts naturally occurring sugar in the insect and oxygen from the air into electricity. They term it an advance toward a source of electricity that could, in principle, be collected, stored and used to power sensors, cameras, microphones and a variety of other microdevices attached to the insects in a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2012-02-01)

Wind and solar could meet most but not all US electricity needs
Wind and solar power could generate most but not all electricity in the United States, according to an analysis of 36 years of weather data by Carnegie's Ken Caldeira, and three Carnegie-affiliated energy experts. But to bump up to 100 percent of electricity coming from solar and wind power would require significant and costly energy infrastructure changes to overcome seasonal cycles and extreme weather events. (2018-02-27)

Heat and electricity generator that reduces contaminant emissions
The Ikerlan Centre for Technological Research is part of the team which is to work on, from this December onwards, the Flame Sofc Europeo project, the object of which is to design and develop a household electrical appliance based on a fuel cell that produces electricity and heat in a way that the dwelling can be self-sufficient and reduce the emission of contaminant elements. (2005-10-11)

New system for monitoring electricity use heralds greener homes and cheaper bills
During the winter months the days grow colder and the nights longer causing households to use more electricity, often resulting in higher bills. Most households have no way of monitoring how much electricity is being consumed; however, researchers in Pittsburgh believe a new monitoring system may soon be available for residential use. The research is published in a special issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology on environmental applications of information and communication technology sponsored by CSC's Leading Edge Forum. (2010-10-28)

Green electricity for Europe: Small scale solutions also affordable
The European Union aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and is relying largely on renewable electricity to reach this goal. The implementation of this energy transition is the subject of heated debate: A continental-scale system that concentrates energy generation infrastructure in the most suitable locations would provide the most affordable solution but many citizens favor smaller, more dispersed supply networks. A new study prepared by researchers in Potsdam and Zurich shows that the implementation of such systems would not incur significant additional costs. (2020-08-14)

Pollution-eating bacteria produce electricity
Microbiologists seeking ways to eliminate pollution from waterways with microbes instead discovered that some pollution-eating bacteria commonly found in freshwater ponds can generate electricity. (2005-06-07)

Households significantly reduce electricity use when prices rise
A new study in the RAND Journal of Economics examined how quickly households change their electricity use when prices rise and fall rapidly. (2008-10-29)

New Notre Dame paper examines household production and asset prices
A new paper by Zhi Da, Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame, find that residential electricity usage can track household production in real time and helps to price assets. (2015-03-20)

Electricity and economics
A nation's electricity consumption has been seen as a useful proxy for measuring economic growth offering a useful alternative to conventional measures such as gross domestic product (GDP) by incorporating the assumption that greater consumption means a better quality of life. However, country-by-country analysis reported in International Journal of Global Energy Issues suggests that this may not necessarily be the case. (2016-05-19)

How sustainable is nuclear power for the UK?
Nuclear power could contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK but this would lead to considerable impacts on natural resources and the environment, a report from the University of Manchester claims. (2011-12-07)

U of Minnesota researchers discover key for converting waste to electricity
Researchers at the University of Minnesota studying bacteria capable of generating electricity have discovered that riboflavin (commonly known as vitamin B-2) is responsible for much of the energy produced by these organisms. (2008-03-03)

Reducing cash bite of wind power
A Northwestern University professor has a piece of advice for the State of Illinois, which faces a renewable energy deadline in 2025: Investment Tax Credit. Illinois is obligated to begin increasing electricity production from renewable sources, with a significant chunk from wind. The researcher analyzed the impact of two incentives -- Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit -- in new wind farm scenarios and found the former to be more attractive for consumers and investors alike. (2012-03-29)

Tecnalia becomes European advisor in electric mobility
The electric vehicle is a reality: vehicles with electric motors that avoid pollution. Now the next step is to integrate them into society. To this end, the European Commission has launched Green eMotion, an initiative for promoting electric mobility throughout Europe. Tecnalia Research & Innovation will analyse and guide the activities of network operators, electricity suppliers, car manufacturers and telecommunications companies throughout the whole process. (2011-07-05)

Nanotech coatings produce 20 times more electricity from sewage
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a significant advance toward producing electricity from sewage, by the use of new coatings on the anodes of microbial electrochemical cells that increased the electricity production about 20 times. The findings bring the researchers one step closer to technology that could clean biowaste at the same time it produces useful levels of electricity -- a promising new innovation in wastewater treatment and renewable energy. (2010-07-21)

Tilting at wind farms
A way to make wind power smoother and more efficient that exploits the inertia of a wind turbine rotor could help solve the problem of wind speed variation, according to research published in the International Journal of Power Electronics. (2009-01-07)

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