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January 16, 2017
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CWRU directly measures how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power



Cleveland OH (SPX) Jan 13, 2017
Solar cells made with films mimicking the structure of the mineral perovskite are the focus of worldwide research. But only now have researchers at Case Western Reserve University directly shown the films bear a key property allowing them to efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Identifying that attribute could lead to more efficient solar panels. Electrons generated when light strikes the film are unrestricted by grain boundaries - the edges of crystalline subunits within the film ... read more

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Not enough investment in renewables: IRENA
Money invested in renewable energy is not enough to reach a climate goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius, an Abu Dhabi-based green energy organisation said Sunday. ... more
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Renewable energy investment value fell 18% in 2016: study
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. ... 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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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


An ordered route to improved performance of solar cells

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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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Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy
A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers. Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert C. Brown, the director of Iowa State University's Bioeconomy Institute, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in ... more
Handheld sensor unit determines biofuel content of diesel blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems

Textron begins testing Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle
Textron Systems Unmanned Systems began on-water testing for the 4th-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle, a project for the U.S. Navy. The testing support's the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Influence Sweep System program. Textron Systems received a $33.8 million contract in October 2014 to provide a vessel for the project. The Navy tasked the company with designing, developing and qualify ... more
Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs

Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants

Amazon Alexa virtual assistant shines at 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
DONG Energy makes wind energy debut

The answer is blowing in the wind

French power group aims to double wind capacity

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

NAVYA Self-driving shuttle goes to work in Las Vegas

New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one third

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

Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

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
Why are Australia's shrublands like 'knee-high tropical rainforests'?

Microbes rule in 'knee-high tropical rainforests'

Study: Trees with thicker bark are more resistant to fire

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

Taiwan microchip giant to boost US jobs: company
Microchip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) says it will create more jobs in the United States as the firm posted record profits. Chairman Morris Chang said at the company's earnings conference on Thursday TSMC had already brought "hundreds of thousands of jobs" over the last three decades to the US. "Mr. Trump has said many times that he wants to create jobs in the U ... more
Researchers create practical and versatile microscopic optomechanical device

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
Judge orders Beirut dump shut after birds threaten flights

Study describes new method to remove nickel from contaminated seawater

E-waste rising dangerously in Asia: UN study

Hong Kong deputy announces leadership bid
Hong Kong's tough pro-Beijing number two Carrie Lam announced her bid to lead the deeply divided city Thursday after stepping down from her current post. Lam is deputy to Hong Kong's unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying and rose through the ranks as a career civil servant before taking public office. The city has become sharply polarised under Leung, whose term has been marked by anti-Beij ... more
Lessons in respect at China's Confucius kindergartens

Human rights in Hong Kong at worst level for 20 years

China graft drive has punished 1.2 million: watchdog

UAV performs first ever perched landing using machine learning algorithms
The very first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform a perched landing using machine learning algorithms has been developed in partnership with the University of Bristol and BMT Defence Services (BMT). The revolutionary development of a fixed wing aircraft that can land in a small or confined space has the potential to significantly impact intelligence-gathering and the delivery of aid in a h ... more
GenDyn offers Bluefin SandShark mini-drone for sale online

Britain sets out legal basis for drone killings

Liteye, Tribalco to deliver AUDS systems to U.S. armed forces

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
Artisan 3D radar completes sea trials

Airbus supplying multi-mode radar for Coast Guard cutter

Patent Awarded to Design and 3D Print Rocket Fuel

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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
Nano-chimneys can cool circuits

The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures



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