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January 11, 2017
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Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation



Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jan 06, 2017
A team of international researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently engineered a new artificial leaf that can convert sunlight into fuel with groundbreaking efficiency. The research results achieved by Professor Jae Sung Lee and Professor Ji-Wook Jang of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST in collaboration with Professor Roel van de Krol at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany was published in the December issue of the renowned scientific journal, Nature Communications. In the stud ... read more

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An ordered route to improved performance of solar cells
Silicon is the dominant material in the production of solar cells. However, perovskites are catching up: they are cheap, flexible and have a promising light-to-electricity conversion efficiency. KAU ... more
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Epiphany School installs 25 kW solar PV system through partnership with Solect Energy
Epiphany School, an independent, tuition-free middle school dedicated to serving children from economically disadvantaged families, has partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA to install a 25 ... more
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U.S. offshore regulator joins solar power trade group
A solar energy trade organization said Monday it named a top U.S. oil and gas administrator as its next president and chief executive officer. ... more
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Off-grid power in remote areas will require special business model to succeed
Low-cost, off-grid solar energy could provide significant economic benefit to people living in some remote areas, but a new study suggests they generally lack the access to financial resources, comm ... more
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Vortex to acquire a 365 MW solar energy portfolio in UK
Vortex has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of a 365 MW operational solar PV power portfolio in the United Kingdom, owned by TerraForm Power. The transaction is valued at a ... more
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China takes global lead in clean energy: report
China's overseas investment in renewable energy projects jumped last year by 60 percent to a record $32 billion (30 billion euros), marking its leadership in the global market for clean energy, a report said Friday. ... more
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The beating heart of solar energy
The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square ... more
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Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology
While solar cell technology is currently being used by many industrial and government entities, it remains prohibitively expensive to many individuals who would like to utilize it.. There is a need ... more
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New approach captures the energy of slow motion
A new concept in energy harvesting could capture energy currently wasted due to its characteristic low frequency and use it to power next-generation electronic devices, according to a team of Penn S ... more


First movie of energy transfer in photosynthesis solves decades-old debate

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Ohio keeps renewable energy standards
Ohio's republican governor said the state can't erase the economic gains that come from renewable energy mandates by signing a law making them optional. ... more
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Tesla, Panasonic team up for solar power
Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic and energy storage company Tesla announced plans to start producing solar power components at a factory in New York. ... more

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Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil
Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii--sugarcane and napiergrass--may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Meghan Pawlowski from University of Hawaii Manoa, U.S., and colleagues. From a climate change perspective, replacing fossil fuel with biofuel makes sense only if the latter h ... more
Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop

WSU researchers discover unique microbial photosynthesis

Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development

Brazil orders remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit
A Brazilian subsidiary of Israel's Elbit Systems has received a framework contract to supply remote-controlled weapon stations to the Brazilian army. The contract to Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa S.A. for 12.7/7.62mm REMAX weapon stations is worth $100 million and includes provision of associated equipment and services. Elbit Systems said an initial production order, valued at about ... more
How to control the unknown: Novel method for robotic manipulation

Baidu family robot a Chinese spin on Amazon Echo

For 'intelligent' robot, chess is just a hobby

The answer is blowing in the wind
The amount of energy generated by renewables fluctuates depending on the natural variability of resources at any given time. The sun isn't always shining, nor is the wind always blowing, so traditional power plants must be kept running, ready to fill the energy gap at a moment's notice. Because the grid has no storage, and unlike coal or nuclear, there is no control over the fluctuating producti ... more
French power group aims to double wind capacity

New rules for micro-grids in Alberta

Offshore wind makes U.S. debut

New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one third
Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by more than 30 percent. Titled "Development and Evaluation of an Evolutionary Algorithm-Based Online Energy Management System for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehi ... more
VW directors knew of emissions scandal earlier: press

Cadillac keeps plan to sell Chinese-made cars in US

US charges VW executive with fraud in diesel scandal

Scientists discover a molecular motor has a 'gear' for directional switching
A new study offers a new understanding of the complex cellular machinery that animal and fungi cells use to ensure normal cell division, and scientists say it could one day lead to new treatment approaches for certain types of cancers. The research revealed a totally unexpected behavior about a "motor" protein that functions as chromosomes are segregated during cell division. The findings ... more
Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

Tesla starts mass production of batteries

EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. Problem-prone Areva, which is 87-percent owned by the French state, has faced severe difficulties since 2011, when the Fukushima disaster in Japan called nuclear power generation into question across the world. In April, Paris notified the EU Co ... more
Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close

AREVA NP supplies Safety Instrumentation and Control System for Generation 3 Reactor

Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant

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China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan
China's State Grid Corporation is set to build a $1.5-billion power line across Pakistan to enable the transmission of 4,000 megawatts of electricity from the country's north to south, the government said Friday. Pakistani and Chinese officials signed an investment agreement in Beijing on Thursday to build the country's first high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) line, according to a governmen ... more
MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

Measuring trees with the speed of sound
Living trees can rot from the inside out, leaving only a hollowed trunk. Wood rot in living trees can cause overestimates of global carbon pools, timber loss in forestry, and poor tree health. Understanding wood decay in forests is of special concern in the tropics because tropical forests are estimated to harbor 96% of the world's tree diversity and about 25% of terrestrial carbon, compared to ... more
In cool forests, foraging bees prefer the warmth of darker flower petals

Scientists try turning Christmas trees into plastic

Obama creates two new national monuments

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MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity
Researchers have found a way to improve atom interferometers, the most common and precise tool for measuring gravity. Atom interferometers measure difference in wave characteristics between atomic matter. They rely on an exotic state of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates. Researchers in MIT have found a way to improve the precision of atom interferometers by augmenting the condensa ... more
A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

Magnetic mirror could shed new light on gravitational waves

Physicists solve decades-old scientific mystery of negative differential resistance
With a storied history that includes more than a half-century of research, a Nobel Prize, and multiple attempts at practical applications, the story of negative differential resistance - or NDR - reads like a scientific mystery, a mystery that University of Alberta physicists have at last succeeded in unraveling. What does this mean? An opportunity to combine the knowledge with existing te ... more
Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors

Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

Random access memory on a low energy diet

U.S. Army seeking biodegradable bullets
The U.S. Army has posted a solicitation for biodegradable ammunition to be used during training exercises. In the solicitation, the Army notes the branch manufactures and consumes hundreds of thousands of rounds for training events that may require 100 years or more to biodegrade. By replacing existing ammunition with biodegradable alternatives, the Army says it can reduce potent ... more
Mayor of Beijing promises new environmental police force

Where is heavy air pollution in Beijing from

Slovak 'Wastebusters' on anti-litter crusade

China graft drive has punished 1.2 million: watchdog
Nearly 1.2 million people have been punished in China's ongoing anti-graft campaign, a senior official has said, promising that the government will double-down on the drive that some say is a political purge. As part of the campaign, nearly 2,600 fugitives have been extradited or repatriated, and 8.6 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) worth of assets have been recovered, the Central Commission for ... more
Hong Kong's former leader abused power: prosecution

China to punish two top anti-corruption officials: Xinhua

Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker condemns 'violent attacks'

Embry-Riddle offers free online course on FAA regulations for UAVs
If you received a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), or drone, as a gift this holiday season, or if you would like to stay updated on the latest FAA regulations for these aircraft, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is providing a free, two-week online course-Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) - Key Concepts for New Users. Registration for the course is open. The Massive Open Onli ... more
Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm

Pentagon's Mystery Space Plane Stays in Orbit for 600 Days

Insitu contracted for additional Blackjack aircraft

Patent Awarded to Design and 3D Print Rocket Fuel
Rocket Crafters has announced a U.S. patent was granted to co-founder, President and CTO Ronald Jones for a method for designing and fabricating flawless, high-performance, safer handling fuel grains for hybrid rocket engines using additive manufacturing technology (also known as 3D printing) which will allow the fabrication of an inherently safe and less expensive launch vehicle with only two m ... more
MIT scientists create super strong, lightweight 3D graphene

Sea sponges offer clues to how human-made structures can resist buckling

Airbus supplying multi-mode radar for Coast Guard cutter

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U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

Nano-chimneys can cool circuits
A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson found that putting a cone-like "chimney" between the graphene and nanotube all but eliminates a barrier that blocks heat from escaping. The research appears in the American Chemi ... more
The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

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