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February 18, 2017
Printable solar cells just got a little closer

Toronto, Canada (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator. "Economies of scale have greatly reduced the cost of silicon manufacturing," sai ... read more

Accelerated chlorophyll reaction in microdroplets to reveal secret of photosynthesis
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
DGIST announced that the research team of the fellow Hong-Gil Nam and the research team of Professor Richard N. Zere of Stanford University have found in their joint research that chlorophyll demeta ... more
Cooling roofs and other structures with no energy
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial - an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature - to act as a kind of ... more
First Solar Awarded 140Mw Module Supply Contract For Australia'S Largest Solar Project
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
First Solar, Inc. has been awarded the module supply contract for the 140 megawatt (MW)DC Sun Metals Solar Farm in North Queensland (QLD), Australia. It will be Australia's largest solar project onc ... more
Governors tell Trump that China will reap low-carbon rewards
Washington (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Strong economic powers like China may take over as the global leaders in renewable energy and leave the U.S. economy depending on Beijing, state governors said. ... more
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Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell
Rogers AR (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Ecoark Holdings has announced its subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded a new U.S. patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent No 9,543 ... more
French government gets renewable energy endorsement
Brussels (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
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
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 ... more
EU to phase out China solar panel duties
Brussels (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
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
NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites
Golden CO (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
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
Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
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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Academics build ultimate solar-powered water purifier
Buffalo NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
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
Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions
Austin TX (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
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
Saudi Arabia takes low-carbon energy approach
Paris (UPI) Jan 30, 2017
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
Eltek to provide solar energy for hospitals in Zimbabwe under UNDP programme
Drammen, Norway (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
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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Alberta backing bioenergy programs
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
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
Syracuse NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
A better way to farm algae
Leiden, The Netherlands (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 31, 2017
Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel
Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
Singapore (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown that if such machines are ever created, they'll run more efficiently if they harness quantum theory to respond to the environment. This follows the findings of a team from the Centre for Quantum ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
How algorithms secretly run the world
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
Paris (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
All electric service providers in Michigan met their renewable energy targets, with wind contributing most to the green economy, a public commission found. "The combined efforts of the electric providers, renewable energy project developers, communities hosting renewable energy projects, renewable energy advocates and many others have contributed to the effective implementation of Michi ... more
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
Milan, Italy (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
Moscow (AFP) Jan 31, 2017
Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
Atlanta GA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available. By adding a catalyst, a hydrogen separating membrane and carbon dioxide sorbent to the century-old four-stroke engine cycle, researchers have demonstrated ... more
Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Dubai (AFP) Feb 13, 2017
Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
Brussels (UPI) Feb 13, 2017
Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles
Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Li-S batteries are considered as promising alternatives for Li-ion batteries in the new generation of energy storages, due to high specific capacity (1675 mAh/g) and energy density (2600 mWh/g) of sulfur. But the poor conductivity of sulfur and severe shuttle effect of reaction intermediates destory the stability of this system. A variety of porous carbon materials have been applied as sul ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
College Park MD (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats
'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes
Paris (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
The French nuclear group Areva said Tuesday a truck carrying a chemical used in the uranium fuel process had tipped over in Benin, but there was "no risk" of contamination. The accident occurred in the West African country on Sunday near Dassa, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Cotonou. The truck was carrying uranate, an oxide used in the process to make nuclear fuel. ... more
Ljubljana (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Slovenian nuclear plant shuts down after water problem
Ljubljana (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
Caen, France (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
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Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
How much biomass grows in the savannah
Jena, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Savannahs form one of the largest habitats in the world, covering around one-fifth of the Earth's land area. They are mainly to be found in sub-Saharan Africa. Savannahs are home not only to unique wildlife, including the 'Big Five' - the African elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion - but also to thousands of endemic plant species such as the baobab, or monkey bread tree. " ... more
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Why nature restoration takes time
Gambier OH (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
Wetlands play vital role in carbon storage, study finds
Miami (AFP) Feb 6, 2017
Amazon forest was transformed by ancient people: study
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Nearly one year ago the LIGO Collaboration announced the detection of gravitational waves, once again confirming Einstein's theory of General Relativity. This important discovery by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (aLIGO) has spurred great interest in improving these advanced optical detectors. The mission of gravitational wave scientists worldwide is to ma ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors
Portsmouth, UK (SPX) Jan 25, 2017
Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity
Photons on demand make enables photonic like integrated circuit
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Holographic atomic memory, invented and constructed by physicists from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, is the first device able to generate single photons on demand in groups of several dozen or more. The device, successfully demonstrated in practice, overcomes one of the fundamental obstacles towards the construction of some type of quantum computer. Completely secure, ... more
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Mail armor inspires physicists
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Chip could make voice control ubiquitous in electronics
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Polluted Indian lake catches fire
Bangalore, India (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Toxic smoke billowed Friday from a lake in India's technology capital Bangalore after the polluted water caught fire, with residents lamenting authorities' alleged inaction over the blighted environment. The fire erupted late Thursday after a nearby pile of burning trash apparently caused chemical effluents on Bellandur lake to burst into flames. TV footage showed thick grey plumes of s ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Trump's pick to head environment agency confirmed
New Delhi (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
Deaths from India air pollution rival China: study
Miami FL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
New study helps explain how garbage patches form in the world's oceans
Villagers glorify their children in China festival
Tufang, China (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It's an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China's Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with a range of colourful festivals. ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester
Taipei (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
Fear has made me stronger: Hong Kong bookseller
Wide-area sensor flight-tested on small drone
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor has successfully performed its initial flight test aboard a small, tactical unmanned aerial system. The test, using Insitu's integrator vehicle, was conducted earlier this month in Oregon and was the first time a wide-area motion imagery, or WAMI, system had been carried in the internal payload bay of a small UAS, Logos Technologies said. ... more
Washington (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
U.S. Marines test 'Instant Eye' mini drone
Norfolk, Va. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
NS Mayport picked as forward operating base for drones
Jakarta (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Indonesia first to purchase Skeldar V-200 drone
Most stretchable elastomer for 3-D printing
Singapore (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Due to its excellent material properties of elasticity, resilience, and electrical and thermal insulation, elastomers have been used in a myriad of applications. They are especially ideal for fabricating soft robots, flexible electronics and smart biomedical devices which require soft and deformable material properties to establish safe and smooth interactions with humans externally and internal ... more
Hampton VA (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
After 15 years, SABER on TIMED Still Breaks Ground from Space
Canberra (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
ANU scientists make new high-tech liquid materials
Ashburn VA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration
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U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
London (UPI) Jan 6, 2017
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
Washington (UPI) Jan 6, 2017
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons
Redondo Beach, Calif. (UPI) Nov 2, 2016
Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
London, UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2016
UK to start laser gun program
Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which is ubiquitously used as a solid lubricant, has recently been shown to have a two-dimensional (2D) form that is similar to graphene. But, when thinned down to less than a nanometer thick, MoS2 demonstrates properties with great promise as a functional material for electronic devices and surface coatings. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana- ... more
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 03, 2017
Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a nanoparticle
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Feb 03, 2017
1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips

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