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February 11, 2017
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Powerful change: A profile of today's solar consumer



Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new QUT study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from families on medium to lower incomes. Over the past decade the profile of Queenslanders acquiring solar PV has changed significantly based on a study by QUT Dr Jeff Sommerfeld investigating the factors influencing solar PV uptake. Dr Sommerfeld, from QUT's Creative Industries Faculty School of Des ... read more

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French government gets renewable energy endorsement
A move by the French government to budget for more solar and hydropower projects on its grid was endorsed Friday by the European Commission. ... more
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EU to phase out China solar panel duties
The EU said Wednesday it aimed to phase out anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports after 18 months, ending a bitter dispute with one of its largest trading partners. ... more
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Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity
Many forms of energy surround you: sunlight, the heat in your room and even your own movements. All that energy - normally wasted - can potentially help power your portable and wearable gadgets, fro ... more
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NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites
A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells. ... more
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NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy
It may be up to the governments of U.S. states to take the lead in the effort to advance a low-carbon economy, the Natural Resources Defense Council said. ... more
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Academics build ultimate solar-powered water purifier
You've seen Bear Grylls turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic. Now, academics have added a third element - carbon-dipped paper - that may turn this survival ... more
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Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions
Homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the biggest economic and environmental benefits of solar energy, according to research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The U ... more
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Saudi Arabia takes low-carbon energy approach
French energy company ENGIE said it was making progress on its efforts to advance its low carbon portfolio with a new contract in Saudi Arabia. ... more
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Eltek to provide solar energy for hospitals in Zimbabwe under UNDP programme
Eltek has announced a contract with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide complete photovoltaic solar solutions for 104 hospitals in Zimbabwe. Eltek will provide full delivery ... more
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Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals: study
Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warned Monday. ... more


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100 percent renewable energy sources require overcapacity
Germany decided to go nuclear-free by 2022. A CO2-emission-free electricity supply system based on intermittent sources, such as wind and solar - or photovoltaic (PV) - power could replace nuclear p ... more
TECH SPACE
New class of materials could revolutionize biomedical, alternative energy industries
Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry. These manmade materials have become the basis for the creation of cancer therapies, ... more
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France issues first 'green bonds' with record 7 bln euro sale
France has issued its first "green bonds" with a record seven billion euro ($7.5 billion) sale, paving the way for the establishment of a genuine market in renewable energy bonds. ... more
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Arctic melt ponds form when meltwater clogs ice pores
When spring comes to the Arctic, the breakup of the cold winter ice sheets starts at the surface with the formation of melt ponds. These pools of melted snow and ice darken the surface of the ice, i ... more

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Alberta backing bioenergy programs
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. The government said it was offering up to $45 million to support a bioenergy producer program aimed at deriving fuels from crops and livestock waste. The industry already powers the equivalent of 200,000 average households in Alberta and contributes ... more
A better way to farm algae

DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency in conjunction with a non-US-owned competitor. The National Reconnaissance Office, which operates spy satellites, stands to benefit from robotic servicing of geosynchronous satellites (RSGS) te ... more
DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO

NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams

500 years of robots go on show in London

British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
While only a fraction of the total capacity is realized, Norwegian energy company Statoil said the British grid is getting power from its latest wind farm. Statoil announced its first wind turbine from the Dudgeon facility off the British coast was now providing electricity to the nation's grid. Up to 6,000 homes are now getting power from offshore wind. Once in full operation later thi ... more
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

China jails ex-chairman of auto giant FAW for bribery
The former chairman of Chinese auto giant FAW was jailed Thursday for taking more than a million dollars in bribes, in the latest penalty meted out to a top executive of a state-owned firm. Xu Jianyi was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison for taking more than 12 million yuan ($1.75 million) in exchange for assisting "the business operations and promotion and relocation" of others, ... more
Volvo Cars posts strong earnings on record sales

Saab, Aalto University sign collaborative research deal

Germany, France plan cross-border self-driving test zone

Portable superconductivity systems for small motors
Superconductivity, where electrical currents course unhindered through a material, is one of modern physics' most intriguing scientific discoveries. It has many practical uses. Governments, industries, and health care and science centers all make use of superconductivity in applications extending from MRIs in hospitals to the cavities of particle accelerators, where scientists explore the fundam ... more
How to recycle lithium batteries

Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries

Building a better microbial fuel cell - using paper

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

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Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more importantly, the peak demand. And to avoid brownouts and absorb t ... more
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Climate change may overload US electrical grid: study

Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall

Why nature restoration takes time
'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really 'connected' at first. These connections need time to (literally) grow, and fungi are the star performers here. A European research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) has shown t ... more
Wetlands play vital role in carbon storage, study finds

Amazon forest was transformed by ancient people: study

Honduras manages to stall pine-munching bugs' march

New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors
One year ago, the first direct detection of gravitational waves was announced. Laser experts from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI), from the Leibniz Universitat Hannover, and from the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) played leading roles in this discovery, because their super-precise laser technology at the heart of the LIGO instruments in the ... more
Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

Sorting machine for atoms
Physicists at the University of Bonn have cleared a further hurdle on the path to creating quantum computers: in a recent study, they present a method with which they can very quickly and precisely sort large numbers of atoms. The work has now been published in Physical Review Letters. Imagine you are standing in a grocery store buying apple juice. Unfortunately, all of the crates are half ... more
UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick

Mail armor inspires physicists

Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Philippines to review mines closure order
The Philippines will review an order to close two dozen mines, the government said Friday, after the decision sparked concern over jobs losses and the economy. The environment ministry last week ordered the closure of 23 of the country's large-scale mines and the suspension of five others after a government investigation found they had illegally cut down trees and polluted rivers. The P ... more
Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs

Coal ash selenium found in fish in NC lakes

China villages cheer Robin Hood-like hero in spring festival
Carrying the golden statue of a revered ancient general, villagers in eastern China dash wildly through waterlogged fields in a mud-spattered celebration of a local rebel adored for stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Spurred on by the roar of firecrackers and cheers of families crowded on muddy banks, teams of men splash through the quagmire, in a centuries-old ceremony that is part ... more
Exile, jail, abduction: the hazardous lives of China's rich

Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash: report

'Abduction' of China tycoon sparks fear in Hong Kong

IAI reveals Heron drone export variant ahead of Aero India 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an export version of its Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle, which is set to be displayed at the Aero India 2017 conference. IAI's export variant is nearly identical to the company's domestic version. The export Heron is fitted to carry smaller payloads than the variant sold to Israel's armed forces, featuring a 992-pound capacity compared to the origi ... more
U.S. Army orders counter-drone systems

SideArm prototype catches full-size unmanned aerial system flying at full speed

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle turns into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Big data for the universe
Astronomers at Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with their French colleagues and with the help of citizen scientists have released "The Reference Catalog of galaxy SEDs" (RCSED), which contains value-added information about 800,000 galaxies. The catalog is accessible on the web and its description has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement (impact factor - 11.257) ... more
New high-performance computing cluster at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam

Most stretchable elastomer for 3-D printing

New material that contracts when heated holds great industrial potential

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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

Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle
Barely wider than a strand of human DNA, magnetic nanoparticles - such as those made from iron and platinum atoms - are promising materials for next-generation recording and storage devices like hard drives. Building these devices from nanoparticles should increase storage capacity and density, but understanding how magnetism works at the level of individual atoms is critical to getting the best ... more
Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a nanoparticle

1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips

Three magnetic states for each hole



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