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March 30, 2017
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First Solar to deliver 48Mw Manildra solar farm



Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
First Solar, Inc. reported Monday that a financial close has been reached for the Manildra Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. First Solar will leverage its expertise in utility-scale solar development to deliver the 48.5 megawatt (MW)AC project, which will utilise approximately 466,000 First Solar thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules and single-axis tracking technology expected to produce more than 120,000 megawatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation. The Manildra Solar ... read more

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State leaders, businesses, take up U.S. low-carbon effort
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
A bubble-up approach to building a low-carbon U.S. economy will help offset the emphasis on fossil fuels from Washington, leaders and advocates said. ... more
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PV Nano Cell Announces Cooperation with Meyer Burger for Advancements in Printed Electronics
Migdal Ha'emek, Israel (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
PV Nano Cell Ltd. reports that they are teaming with Meyer Burger. PV Nano Cell's Sicrys silver and copper inks will be used with Meyer Burger's PiXDRO JETx printers for high volume production appli ... more
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The economic case for wind and solar energy in Africa
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, ... more
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Lightsource turns on Northern Ireland's largest solar project
London, UK (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe's leading solar energy company, is pleased to announce the commissioning of a major solar development in Antrim, delivering over 32 MW of clean, renewable energy ... more
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Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Rice University scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to ... more
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Nanomaterials that makes harvesting sunlight easier
London, UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials. This is the conclusion of a study published today led by ... more
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Colstrip bill risks shutting door to Montana's renewable power future
Billings MT (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A Montana Senate bill slated for a committee vote would deter future investment in Montana's underutilized renewable energy resources. Senate Bill 338, introduced by Sen. Duane Ankney (R - Colstrip) ... more
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Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
As Africa gears up for a tripling of electricity demand by 2030, a new Berkeley study maps out a viable strategy for developing wind and solar power while simultaneously reducing the continent's rel ... more
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New Stanford study calls for US solar policy reform
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically and efficiently, accordin ... more
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Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A material with the perovskite crystal structure has become very popular for solar cells. While most perovskites are inorganic compounds, this new material is a hybrid of relatively inexpensive orga ... more


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Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant
Dubai (AFP) March 20, 2017
Dubai on Monday completed a solar plant big enough to power 50,000 homes as part of a plan to generate three-quarters of its energy from renewables by 2050. ... more
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New solar energy plant to be installed on Barbuda
London, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) further strives toward the realisation of generating 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by the year 2020. The installation of ... more
BIO FUEL
Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Even plants have to live on an energy budget. While they're known for converting solar energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars, plants have sophisticated biochemical mechanisms for regulat ... more
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Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells
Espoo, Finland (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Five years ago, the world started to talk about third-generation solar cells that challenged the traditional silicon cells with a cheaper and simpler manufacturing process that used less energy. Met ... more

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Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have analysed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may be relevant for the biotechnological production of hydrogen. To date, little is known about the way organisms form this type of hydrogenases under natural conditions. Using novel synthetic biology methods, the team aro ... more
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Are robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or "knowledge-based" jobs. Just a few examples: self-driving technology may eliminate the need for taxi, Uber and truck drivers, algorith ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Kraken Sonar Systems gains funding for robotics project
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Danish plans to build one of the larger wind farms in European territorial waters are in line with competition and environmental goals there, a governing body said. Denmark in February told the European Commission it was offering state-backed premiums for the price of electricity to support the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner in charge of ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
Uber putting self-driving cars back on the road
San Francisco (AFP) March 27, 2017
Uber on Monday said its self-driving cars were being put back in action on roads after a weekend crash prompted the ridesharing giant to halt testing. Self-driving Uber cars went back to work in San Francisco in the morning there and were to return to streets in Arizona and Pennsylvania later in the day, Uber said an email response to an AFP inquiry. The on-demand ride service grounded i ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 29, 2017
Mercedes, VW recall million vehicles in China
New Delhi (AFP) March 29, 2017
India court bans sale of 800,000 vehicles over emission levels
Paris (AFP) March 29, 2017
London, Paris, Seoul launch 'name-and-shame' polluting car index
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Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Although most of our electronic devices, like mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles use lithium rechargeable batteries, what is going on inside them is not fully understood. Researchers from the Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) succeeded in observing in realtime the ultrafast dynamics of lithium ions with femtosecond time resolut ... more
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Building a market for renewable thermal technologies
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Non-toxic material that generates electricity through hot and cold
Toshiba's US nuclear unit files for bankruptcy protection
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
Toshiba's loss-hit US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for bankruptcy protection, the companies said Wednesday, as the troubled division wrestles with huge losses and accounting fraud claims. The Japanese conglomerate's board approved the Chapter 11 filing in a US court in New York, a step that temporarily shelters struggling firms as they try to restructure their affairs ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 28, 2017
Japan high court rules nuclear reactors can restart
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Voluntary efficiency programmes - including one targeted for elimination by the Trump administration - have led to energy savings of up to 30 percent in commercial buildings in Los Angeles, researchers have reported. Describing their study as the first large-scale analysis of green certification schemes for big buildings, a pair of researchers from the University of California at Los Angel ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
New York (AFP) March 26, 2017
New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Emissions flat for three years in a row, IEA says
Asian dust providing key nutrients for California's giant sequoias
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Dust from as far away as the Gobi Desert in Asia is providing more nutrients than previously thought for plants, including giant sequoias, in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, a team of scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have found. The scientists found that dust from the Gobi Desert and the Central Valley of California contributed more phosphor ... more
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Forests fight global warming in many ways
Bogor, Indonesia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Reconsider the impact of trees on water cycles and climate, scientists ask
Santiago (AFP) March 18, 2017
Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest
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Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Organic electronics can use power from socket
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Organic light-emitting devices and printed electronics can be connected to a socket in the wall by way of a small, inexpensive organic converter, developed in a collaboration between Linkoping University and Umea University. Printed electronics and organic light-emitting devices now perform at levels sufficient for a number of eco-friendly, energy-efficient applications. Previously the ide ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Ultrafast measurements explain quantum dot voltage drop
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Liquid fuel for future computers
Dallas TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics
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Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday unveiled a grand plan to clean up the French capital, putting teeth into the campaign by stepping up enforcement operations. The city will be "uncompromising with those who sully the public space," she said, addressing one of the main complaints of residents and tourists alike. The Socialist mayor said the squad of police handing out fines - dubbed the ... more
Bogota (AFP) March 27, 2017
Colombian town votes against gold mine, in vain
Basque Country, Spain (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Rocks that tell our industrial history
Los Angeles (AFP) March 29, 2017
California prepares for war with Trump over environment
China's favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership, vows to heal rifts
Hong Kong (AFP) March 26, 2017
Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam pledged Sunday to mend political rifts after winning a vote dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city's cherished freedoms. The former career civil servant was chosen as next chief executive of the semi-autonomous city by a mainly pro-China committee. She was widely seen as Beijing's favourite candidate. Her main rival, ex- ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 27, 2017
Australia-based professor blocked from leaving China
Hong Kong (AFP) March 27, 2017
Hong Kong targets activists day after vote
Hong Kong (AFP) March 26, 2017
Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership
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Happy Wanderer? Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Its Own Orbital Record
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 27, 2017
The US Air Force's super-secret Boeing X-37B mini space shuttle just broke its own orbital record of 674 days in space. The landing date for the apparatus remains undetermined. The X-37B robotic space plane's current machine incarnation, OTV-4, just broke its own record by staying in orbit for 675 days, at least one day longer than its predecessor, OTV-3. The fourth of the X-37B unmanned s ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A novel hybrid UAV that may change the way people operate drones
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
General Atomics building ground control station for drones
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia
Researchers plan simulations of laser pulse-material interactions
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
With the advent of laser technology in the 1960s, materials scientists gained a new tool to both study and modify materials. Today, lasers allow researchers to manipulate materials on atomic and subatomic levels, leading to new materials and a host of other applications. For instance, by controlling laser wavelength, intensity, and pulse duration, researchers can modify metals to exhibit u ... more
Leicester, UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
'Ground Control' Arrives at Leicester University
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Turning to Chemistry for New "Computing" Concepts
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Researchers make flexible glass for tiny medical devices
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Researchers in Germany are trying to use a massive light array to generate clean energy. This week, the scientists switched on their Synlight experiment, a collection of 149 film projector spotlights on steroids. Together the lights can generate the radiation of 10,000 suns, making the world's biggest solar simulator. When concentrated on a single point, the lights can produce temperatu ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Glasgow, Scotland (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
U.S. Air Force buys additional laser materials
New Nano Devices Could Withstand Extreme Environments in Space
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Behind its thick swirling clouds, Venus is hiding a hot surface pelted with sulfuric acid rains. At 480C, the planet's atmosphere would fry any of today's electronics, posing a challenge to scientists hoping to study this extreme environment. Researchers at the Stanford Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory, or the XLab, are on a mission to conquer these conditions. By developing hea ... more
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Light-controlled gearbox for nanomachines


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