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December 15, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
U.S. solar power group says it sees headwinds ahead



Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
A U.S. solar power trade group said the Trump administration was standing in the way of growth, but the sector showed resilience in the third quarter. A report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association found total installed capacity topped 2 gigawatts in the third quarter, but the pace of growth was slower than last year. Through the end of the third quarter, researchers found solar power installations are behind pace from the same period last year by 22 percent. "The ... read more

SOLAR DAILY
Glass with switchable opacity could improve solar cells and LEDs
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Using nanoscale grass-like structures, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have created glass that lets through a large amount of light while appearing hazy. This is the first ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Europe moves to grow green economy at Paris meeting
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
Commemorating the Paris climate agreement, European leaders said they were committed to establishing the bloc as the destination for green development. ... more
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Transformation to wind and solar achievable with low indirect GHG emissions
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect greenhouse ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19 percent efficiency
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
With the power-conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells plateauing around 25%, perovskites are now ideally placed to become the market's next generation of photovoltaics. In particular, or ... more
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Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device
Warwick UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A new 'double-glazing' solar power device - which is unlike any existing solar panel and opens up fresh opportunities to develop more advanced photovoltaics - has been invented by University of Warw ... more
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India faces painful move to cleaner energy
Uncha Amirpur, India (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Subedar Singh bears the scars of India's painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity. ... more
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Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of ... more
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Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and Borrego Solar have announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort' ... more
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Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Roof-mounted solar panels are an increasingly common sight in many places. As a source of cheap, clean electricity, their advantages are obvious. However, most solar panels are opaque, and therefore ... more
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NREL develops switchable solar window
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ( ... more


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Improving solar cells by watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that could offer new insights into develo ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cell phone screens
Princeton NJ (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advan ... more
CAR TECH
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fu ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA's TSIS-1 keeps an eye on Sun's power over ozone
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
High in the atmosphere, above weather systems, is a layer of ozone gas. Ozone is Earth's natural sunscreen, absorbing the Sun's most harmful ultraviolet radiation and protecting living things below. ... more



Bristol scientists turn beer into fuel
Bristol UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient. It is commonly accepted that there is an urgent need for sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels for transportation to replace diesel and petrol. One of the most widely used sustainable alternatives to petrol world-wide is bioethanol - in the United State ... more
Golden CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool
Golden CO (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NREL research finds a sweet spot for engineering better cellulose-degrading enzymes
Lockheed Martin and NEC to Enhance Satellites, Space Travel with Artificial Intelligence
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin and NEC Corp have announced that Lockheed Martin will use NEC's System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT) in the space domain. SIAT's advanced analytics engine uses data collected from sensors to learn the behavior of systems, including computer systems, power plants, factories and buildings, enabling the system itself to automatically detect inconsistencies and prescribe resol ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Aerospace's SeedTECH AI advances to second round of $5M IBM Watson XPRIZE
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
Not Your Grandpa's Robot: Russian Robot 'FEDOR' May Become Self-Learning
Construction to start on $160 million Kennedy Energy Park in North Queensland
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Construction of the first utility-scale wind, solar and storage hybrid generator connected to the national electricity network is set to start near Hughenden in North West Queensland. The first sod of soil will be turned at a ceremony on Monday 11 December. The ceremony marks the start of work on the innovative $160 million Kennedy Park Energy developed by Windlab Limited - Australia's int ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
Oil-rich Alberta sees momentum for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Denmark sets milestone for EV charges
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The Danish market for electric vehicles set a milestone with more than 1 million charges and 36 million miles since 2014, a utility provider said Thursday. German utility company E.ON said it's leading in the Danish market with its 1,300 charging points. Since 2014, the company said more than 1 million drivers charged up their vehicles at E.ON stations and it's now working on partnershi ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
US prosecutors confirm Uber target of criminal probe
Singapore (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Singapore launches electric car-sharing service
Beijing (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Chinese auto giant to end petrol vehicle sales by 2025
New test procedure for developing quick-charging lithium-ion batteries
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Julich have now presented a process that, for the first time ever, allows this so-called lithium plating process to be investigated directl ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'
Binghamton NY (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric
Defects found at China nuclear reactor project
Beijing (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Defects were found in equipment for a third-generation nuclear reactor under construction in southern China with the problematic parts being replaced, the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said Wednesday. The issue concerned equipment used in one of two new European Pressurised Reactors (EPR), large units designed to offer improved power and safety. With EPRs in Finland ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mainz physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Australian waste treatment technology plays major role in management of radioactive waste
Kincardine, Canada (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
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US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord. Returning to the French capital Tuesday for a follow-up summit, he cut a bitter and disappointed figure. The United States' commitment to fighting climate change - something both Kerry and former president Barack Obama hoped woul ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
African deforestation not as great as feared
New Haven CT (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence by Yale researchers shows. Previous estimates put deforestation at 35% to 55% on the continent since 1900. The new analysis estimates closed-canopy forests have shrunk by 21.7%, according to findings published Dec. 11 in the journal ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Cascading use is also beneficial for wood
New York NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
New maps show shrinking wilderness being ignored at our peril
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Forests are the key to fresh water
Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this force with a sin ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Physicists make most precise measurement ever of a proton's magnetic moment
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Toshiba, Western Digital settle legal battle over chip unit sale
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Toshiba settled legal disputes with US production partner Western Digital, both firms said Wednesday, clearing the way for the embattled Japanese conglomerate's multi-billion-dollar sale of its prized chip business. Toshiba has been on the ropes after the disastrous acquisition of US nuclear energy firm Westinghouse, which racked up billions of dollars in losses before being placed under ban ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers quantify factors for reducing power semiconductor resistance by two-thirds
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Towards data storage at the single molecule level
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Secure information transmission over 500m fiber links based on quantum technologies
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UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling
Geneva (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
The UN warned Wednesday that waste from discarded electronics like mobile phones, laptops and refrigerators is piling up worldwide, and it urged far better recycling of the often hazardous rubbish. A full 44.7 million tonnes of so-called e-waste was generated around the world in 2016, up eight percent from two years earlier, according to a report from the UN's International Telecommunicatio ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Britain must obey EU environment rules for post-Brexit air deal
Paris (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Offsetting Trump, Macron moves to 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces
Poisoned syringes fired at pet dogs for China meat trade
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Poisoned syringes that could be fired at dogs on the street to kill them instantly were sold by a gang in China, allowing pets to be snatched and sold for the dinner table, state media said. Police in the eastern province of Anhui arrested eight gang members, alleging they sold 200,000 of the syringes throughout China filled with a large dose of the muscle relaxant suxamethonium. The buy ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Chinese dissident's widow sends desperate letter
Manila (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Philippines's Duterte offers third telecom slot to China
Beijing (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Former Chinese leadership contender faces graft probe
Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles
The Hague (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective. After a series of tests in 2015, the police last year announced they were putting into operation a flock of the birds of prey to take down drones believed to be posing a danger to the public, such as near airports. ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Jet-powered drone tested by BAE Systems
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The Boeing Co. has been awarded a modified contract from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the space-based space surveillance Block 10 satellite. The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense and worth more than $21.9 million under the terms of the contract, is classified as a cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Space Based Space Surveil ... more
Grenoble, France (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Brittle starfish shows how to make tough ceramics
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Army taps Northrop Grumman for new radar risk reduction work
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Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
A 100-fold leap to GigaDalton DNA nanotech
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
DNA, present in almost every cell, is increasingly being used as a building material to construct tiny, but sophisticated structures such as autonomous 'DNA walkers' that can move along a microparticle surface, fluorescent labels for diagnostic applications, 'DNA boxes' that serve as smart drug-delivery vehicles programmed to open up at disease sites to release their therapeutic content, or prog ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
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