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January 12, 2017
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Renewable energy investment value fell 18% in 2016: study



Paris (AFP) Jan 12, 2017
Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18 percent in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study found Thursday. After reaching record levels in 2015, investment fell last year to $287.5 billion, according to researchers at Bloomberg New New Energy Finance (BNEF). The fall was due in part to "further sharp falls in equipment prices, particularly in photovoltaics," it said. But it also was down to a marked cooling in China and Japan, two k ... read more

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U.S. solar groups to speak after Trump inauguration
The U.S. Energy Department said experts would be on hand at a California summit to discuss solar power, less than two weeks after Donald Trump takes office. ... 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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Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation
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 result ... 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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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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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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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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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
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First movie of energy transfer in photosynthesis solves decades-old debate
Using ultrafast imaging of moving energy in photosynthesis, scientists have determined the speed of crucial processes for the first time. This should help scientists understand how nature has perfec ... more

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Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits
Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, according to recent research, dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce both ethanol and biodiesel for nine months of the year - increasing profits by as much as 30%. "Currently, ... more
Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop

Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems

Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil

NASA showcases spaceflight, robotics and autonomous systems technology at CES 2017
Joining industry technology leaders, NASA hosted a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jan. 5-9, 2017, to display and discuss its advanced technologies for human and robotic space exploration and to showcase technology transfer to self-driving cars. For the second time, NASA exhibited mockups of the Space Launch System (SLS), which will carry the Orion crew explorati ... more
Brazil orders remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit

Amazon Alexa virtual assistant shines at tech show

Robots show their 'personality' at big tech show

New York sets bar high for offshore wind
Stunning is how one renewable energy group described a decision by the state of New York to build the nation's largest offshore wind farm. Kit Kennedy, the director of energy and transportation initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said New York was setting the bar high with its wind energy commitments to 2030. "New York State will become the nation's leader on cl ... more
The answer is blowing in the wind

French power group aims to double wind capacity

New rules for micro-grids in Alberta

China 2016 auto sales surge at fastest in three years
Auto sales in China, the world's biggest car market, surged at their fastest in three years in 2016, an industry group showed Thursday, jumping nearly 14 percent after authorities slashed a purchase tax. The world's second-largest economy is crucial to global auto manufacturers, but the market took a hit from slowing economic growth in 2015. However a total of 28.03 million cars were sol ... more
New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one third

US deal won't end 'dieselgate' pain for Volkswagen

VW directors knew of emissions scandal earlier: press

UK-Led Hydrogen Fuel Project Promises to Provide Ultra-Clean Air in China
A UK company has been selected to lead a collaborative project that promises to result in significant carbon reduction and ultra-low air quality emissions for thousands of vehicles in China within the next 10 years. Liverpool based ULEMCo, arguably the UK's most experienced integrator of H2 systems for transport, has received grant funding via Innovate UK from the cross Government Newton Fund. T ... more
Scientists discover a molecular motor has a 'gear' for directional switching

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

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France sells off Engie stake to finance Areva rescue
France has sold a 4.1-percent stake in energy company Engie, pulling in 1.14 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to help finance a state-led rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva. The sale of 100 million Engie shares was 10 million above the amount initially offered, the APE agency which manages shareholdings for the French state said in a statement late on Tuesday. The sale leaves the French s ... more
UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor

EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva

Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close

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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

Philippine minister says Dora can't explore pristine Palawan
American children's television network Nickelodeon will not be allowed to build an underwater theme park on one of the nation's most pristine islands, the Philippine environment minister said Wednesday. Nickelodeon's parent firm announced Monday it would build a "themed attraction" inspired by its cartoon characters such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants as part of a 400-hectare ... more
Study: Trees with thicker bark are more resistant to fire

Measuring trees with the speed of sound

In cool forests, foraging bees prefer the warmth of darker flower petals

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet
China is working to set up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet Autonomous Region to detect the faintest echoes resonating from the universe, which may reveal more about the Big Bang. Construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No.1, 30 km south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture, said Yao Yongqiang, chief researcher with the Nationa ... more
MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

Researchers create practical and versatile microscopic optomechanical device
Researchers have developed a new type of optomechanical device that uses a microscopic silicon disk to confine optical and mechanical waves. The new device is highly customizable and compatible with commercial manufacturing processes, making it a practical solution for improving sensors that detect force and movement. Optomechanical devices use light to detect movement. They can be used as ... more
Taiwan microchip giant to boost US jobs: company

Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors

Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

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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
Father of Russian environmental movement dies

New lease of life for Jakarta's once-filthy rivers

Mayor of Beijing promises new environmental police force

Human rights in Hong Kong at worst level for 20 years
Human rights in Hong Kong are at their worst since it was handed back to China by Britain 20 years ago, activists said Wednesday, as Beijing stands accused of tightening its hold on the semi-autonomous city. A new report by Amnesty International Hong Kong looking back at 2016 said rights in the city had rapidly deteriorated and had "failed on many fronts". The report cited the lack of ... more
China graft drive has punished 1.2 million: watchdog

Hong Kong's former leader abused power: prosecution

Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker condemns 'violent attacks'

Pentagon's Mystery Space Plane Stays in Orbit for 600 Days
The X-37B space plane, a mysterious unmanned craft belonging to the US Air Force, is closing in on a program record for time spent in orbit, after spending 600 days in space. The orbital test vehicle (OTV) was launched in May 2015, from Cape Canaveral in Florida, detaching from an Atlas V rocket. This marks the X-37B program's fourth mission and, if the craft spends 75 more days skyward, it will break the OTV-3 orbital record of 675 days. ... more
Britain sets out legal basis for drone killings

IS using hobby drones to bomb Iraqi forces in Mosul: US official

U.S. Army selects Textron for Shadow UAV sustainment

York Space Systems signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of small and medium class spacecraft, this week announced the execution of a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), supporting the deployment of the Harbinger Mission. Under the Agreement, York Sp ... more
MIT scientists create super strong, lightweight 3D graphene

Manufacturing platform makes intricate biocompatible micromachines

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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

Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries
Shrinking the investigation of objects down to the nanometer scale often reveals new properties of matter that have no equivalent for their bulk analysis. This phenomenon is motivating many current studies of nanomaterials which can reveal fascinating new phenomena. It inspired a group of researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) to explore the extent of our ... more
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