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December 20, 2016
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Ultrafast lasers reveal light-harvesting secrets of photosynthetic algae



Princeton NJ (SPX) Dec 20, 2016
Photosynthetic algae have been refining their technique for capturing light for millions of years. As a result, these algae boast powerful light-harvesting systems - proteins that absorb light to be turned into energy - that scientists have long aspired to understand and mimic for renewable energy applications. Now, researchers at Princeton University have revealed a mechanism that enhances the light harvesting rates of the cryptophyte algae Chroomonas mesostigmatica. Published in the journal Chem ... read more

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Saudi Vision 2030 Gives Boost to Solar Energy Investors
Private sector investors are showing new interest in Saudi Arabia's solar energy market, after the nation's leadership included plans to add 9.5 GW of renewables to the energy supply as part of Saud ... more
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Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Completes 200 Megawatt Garland Solar Facility
Canadian Solar has announced the commercial operation of the 200 MWac/272 MWp Garland Solar Facility in California. The Garland Solar Facility was developed by Canadian Solar's wholly owned subsidia ... more
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U.S., Cuba explore renewable energy options
The U.S. government said it held an outreach session with its counterparts in Cuba to discuss ways to collaborate on clean and renewable energy. ... more
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EDF EN France chooses Trina Solar modules for its PV plant in Fos sur Mer
Trina Solar Limited reports that EDF EN has chosen Trina Solar's Dual Glass 1,500V modules for its 12 MW PV power plant in Fos Sur Mer, Southern France. La Fossette solar power plant is one of the f ... more
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Beaumont Solar Expands Construction Capacity to 20 Megawatts (MW) per Quarter
Beaumont Solar has signed an agreement with the IBEW Local 223 of Southeastern Massachusetts. Working with qualified, local, licensed electricians enables Beaumont Solar to quickly scale, provide gu ... more
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Hydrogen from sunlight - but as a dark reaction
The storage of photogenerated electric energy and its release on demand are still among the main obstacles in artificial photosynthesis. One of the most promising, recently identified photocatalytic ... more
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Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane
Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere. ... more
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Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, Announces Solar Acquisition Program
Coronal Energy has announced plans to substantially increase the number of solar PV projects it will acquire in 2017 and 2018. The ambitious program will support a rapidly expanding solar pipeline i ... more
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New York funds low income access to solar power
New York state Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced $3.6 million in funding is available to increase access to solar energy in low- to moderate-income communities across the state. The funding wil ... more


Simple processing technique could cut cost of organic PV and wearable electronics

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Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study
The climate-friendly electricity generated by solar panels in the past 40 years has all but cancelled out the polluting energy used to produce them, a study said Tuesday. ... more
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Game changer for organic solar cells
With a new technique for manufacturing single-layer organic polymer solar cells, scientists at UC Santa Barbara and three other universities might very well move organic photovoltaics into a whole n ... more
Ultrafast lasers reveal light-harvesting secrets of photosynthetic algae
Photosynthetic algae have been refining their technique for capturing light for millions of years. As a result, these algae boast powerful light-harvesting systems - proteins that absorb light to be turned into energy - that scientists have long aspired to understand and mimic for renewable energy applications. Now, researchers at Princeton University have revealed a mechanism that enhance ... more
People willing to pay more for new biofuels

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs and reduce carbon emissions

Argonne researchers study how reflectivity of biofuel crops impacts climate

A hardware-based approach for real world collaborative multi-robots
Technological revolution means robots no longer are the song of the future. The Governor of the Bank of England predicts today that up to half of British workforce face redundancy in the imminent 'second machine age'. No wonder, the research of multi-robot systems generates serious buzz both for promising (albeit at times scary) results and for their application prospects in the real world. ... more
A skillful rescue robot with remote-control function

Zuckerberg builds software butler for his home

Artificial intelligence creeps into daily life

Offshore wind makes U.S. debut
Turbines are spinning at a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, powering the region for the first time in an offshore capacity, a company announced. Project developer Deepwater Wind said its Block Island wind farm is now in commercial operations, marking a first for the United States. "We've made history here in the Ocean State, but our work is far from over," Deepwater Wind ... more
Apple invests in China wind farms

German energy company plants wind farm seed in Texas

New York to bid in Federal Offshore Wind Auction

Better road planning could boost food production while protect forests
Conservation scientists have used layers of data on biodiversity, climate, transport and crop yields to construct a colour-coded mapping system that shows where new road-building projects should go to be most beneficial for food production at the same time as being least destructive to the environment. The hope is that this "trade-off" strategy might guide governments, investors and develo ... more
GM first to deliver mid-priced, all-electric car

French cars lead EU list of low CO2 emitters, Ferrari fined

VW settles Canada drivers' class action over emissions

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Scientists track chemical and structural evolution of catalytic nanoparticles in 3-D
Catalysts are at the heart of fuel cells-devices that convert hydrogen and oxygen to water and enough electricity to power vehicles for hundreds of miles. But finding effective, inexpensive catalysts has been a key challenge to getting more of these hydrogen-powered, emission-free vehicles out on the road. To help tackle this challenge, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) B ... more
Finger swipe-powered phone? We're 1 step closer

Battery research reaching out to higher voltages

Lower cost of LEDs reduce profitability for manufacturing landscape

Japan pulls plug on troubled fast breeder reactor
Japan has scrapped plans to generate electricity at a multi-billion dollar experimental nuclear reactor, the government said Monday, giving up on the decades-old project due to spiralling costs. Once touted as a "dream reactor," the Monju facility was designed to generate more fuel than it consumes via nuclear chain reaction, an attractive alternative in a country with few natural resources. ... more
Bulgaria seeks investor to revive nuclear project

Japan switches on nuclear reactor after safety shutdown

Fukushima costs to double to nearly $180 bn: report

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says
Growth for energy-hungry Asian economies is starting to level off as a slowdown in India drags on regional momentum, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank trimmed its outlook for full-year 2016 from 5.7 percent to 5.6 percent for all of Asia. The forecast for 2017 remains stable at 5.7 percent. The bank said a slowdown in India was behind most of the downgrade. "Indi ... more
US push to low-carbon future 'unstoppable': Biden

China's Shanghai Electric to invest $9bn in Pakistan upgrades

China power plant collapse kills at least 22: Xinhua

Better road planning could boost food production while protect forests
Conservation scientists have used layers of data on biodiversity, climate, transport and crop yields to construct a color-coded mapping system that shows where new road-building projects should go to be most beneficial for food production at the same time as being least destructive to the environment. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, the Kunming Institute of Botany and the ... more
A roadmap for guiding development and conservation in the Amazon

Indonesia expands protection for peatlands, climate

Laser technique boosts aerial imaging of woodlands

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LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues
On 7 December, LISA Pathfinder started the extended phase of its mission, an additional six months during which scientists and engineers will push the experiment to its limits in preparation for ESA's future space observatory of gravitational waves. LISA Pathfinder, a demonstration mission to validate important technologies to observe gravitational waves - fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime ... more
Magnetic mirror could shed new light on gravitational waves

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

Verlindes new theory of gravity passes first test

Fundamental solid state phenomenon unraveled
Whether water freezes to ice, iron is demagnetized or a material becomes superconducting - for physicists there is always a phase transition behind it. They endeavour to understand these different phenomena by searching for universal properties. Researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt and Technische Universitat Dresden have now made a pioneering discovery during their study of a phase transit ... more
Movable microplatform floats on a sea of droplets

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits

Stamping technique creates tiny circuits with electronic ink

Mosul battle leaving legacy of environmental damage
The battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group is leaving a legacy of environmental damage and health risks that will pose dangers to people for years to come. Iraqis have already paid the initial price from burning oil wells and a sulphur factory that IS set alight south of Mosul, Iraq's last jihadist-held city which is the target of a major military operation launched two months a ... more
China chokes under heavy smog with worse ahead

Beijing issues red alert for severe air pollution

Researchers create new way to trap dangerous gases

Woman sues China public security bureau over propaganda video
The wife of a Chinese human rights lawyer said Monday she is suing the public security bureau for accusing her in an online propaganda video of fomenting "colour revolution". Li Wenzu's husband Wang Quanzhang took on a number of civil rights cases considered sensitive by the ruling Communist party and was detained last summer. His employer, Beijing's Fengrui law firm, was at the centre ... more
'Iron lady' Ip runs for Hong Kong leader

Chinese official's wife jailed in new vaccine scandal

Popular Chinese Muslim website shuttered after Xi Jinping petition

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Malawi drone test centre to help with healthcare, disasters
Malawi on Thursday launched Africa's first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests. The project, which will cover up to 40 kilometres (25 miles) around the administrative capital Lilongwe, will be fully operational by April in a collaboration between Malawi and UNICEF. "Ou ... more
Amazon completes its first drone delivery, in England

MBDA's Brimstone missile planned for Britain's Protector drone

Britain signs off on General Atomics' Protector program

Uncovering the secrets of water and ice as materials
Water is vital to life on Earth and its importance simply can't be overstated - it's also deeply rooted within our conscience that there's something extremely special about it. Yet, from a scientific point of view, much remains unknown about water and its many solid phases, which display a plethora of unusual properties and so-called anomalies that, while central to water's chemical and biologic ... more
NASA Satellite Servicing Office Becomes a Projects Division

Raytheon to produce additional Air and Missile Defense Radar equipment

U.S. State Dept. approves Sea Giraffe 3D radars for the Philippines

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force to develop a directed energy laser system that will offer self-protection for the service's next-generation jets, the company announced Wednesday. The work, under an Air Force Research Laboratory contract, will see Northrop Grumman develop and produce the beam control piece of an airborne laser weapon demonstration array that the laboratory ... more
UK to start laser gun program

Russia's Ray Guns: The Military Capability of Moscow's Secret Laser Weapons

US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights

Nanocubes simplify printing and imaging in color and infrared
Duke University researchers believe they have overcome a longstanding hurdle to producing cheaper, more robust ways to print and image across a range of colors extending into the infrared. As any mantis shrimp will tell you, there are a wide range of "colors" along the electromagnetic spectrum that humans cannot see but which provide a wealth of information. Sensors that extend into the in ... more
New aspect of atom mimicry for nanotechnology applications

ANU demonstrates 'ghost imaging' with atoms

Supersonic spray yields new nanomaterial for bendable, wearable electronics



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