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February 21, 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

Trina Solar modules eligible for calls for tenders in France
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) ("Trina Solar" or the "company"), a global leader in photovoltaic ("PV") modules, solutions, and services, has announced that its PV modules, after an official audit, ... 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
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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
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

NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy
Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2017
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
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

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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
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
How algorithms secretly run the world
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
Singapore (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
NTU Singapore invents ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones
Dubai (AFP) Feb 13, 2017
Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearable electronics
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Wearable electronics are here - the most prominent versions are sold in the form of watches or sports bands. But soon, more comfortable products could become available in softer materials made in part with an unexpected ingredient: green tea. Researchers report in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry C a new flexible and compact rechargeable energy storage device for wearable electronics ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
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System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. "How ... 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
Paris (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes
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EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted draft reforms of Europe's carbon market after 2021, a key step in reaching the bloc's climate change goals. The European Commission published its reform plans in July 2015 for the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world's largest. Ivo Belet, climate spokesman for the centre-right European People's party, said the "balanced" reforms woul ... more
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
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
Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
In order to restore tropical rainforests, it is not enough to simply set up protected areas and leave them to their own devices. In particular, tree species with large fruit and seeds distributed by birds will have to be actively planted. This is one of the conclusions of a large-scale study by scientists from ETH Zurich in the Western Ghats, the mountain range running along the western co ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
How much biomass grows in the savannah
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
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Although scientists have been able to levitate specific types of material, a pair of UChicago undergraduate physics students helped take the science to a new level. Third-year Frankie Fung and fourth-year Mykhaylo Usatyuk led a team of UChicago researchers who demonstrated how to levitate a variety of objects - ceramic and polyethylene spheres, glass bubbles, ice particles, lint strands and this ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
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
Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics
Nashville TN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
You may not realize it but alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphones, computers and other personal electronic devices. When your computer crashes and you get the dreaded blue screen or your smartphone freezes and you have to go through the time-consuming process of a reset, most likely you blame the manufacturer: Microsoft or A ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Mail armor inspires physicists
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Photons on demand make enables photonic like integrated circuit
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick
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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
London (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
London to tax old cars to combat air pollution
Manila (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Environmental lawyer murdered in Philippines: police
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
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester
Fangshan, China (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Struggle against evil sparks China ritual
Beijing (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft
U.S. Marines test 'Instant Eye' mini drone
Washington (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Marines in Camp Lejune, N.C., recently completed training using the Instant Eye, a new hand-held unmanned aircraft designed to support reconnaissance missions. The Instant Eye is made by PSI Tactical, and is capable of taking off and landing at 90-degree angles. Many other unmanned aerial vehicles require either a runway or throwing for launch. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the de ... more
Mont-De-Marsan, France (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones
Jakarta (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Indonesia first to purchase Skeldar V-200 drone
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Monitoring birds by drone
Record-breaking material that contracts when heated
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Machines and devices used in modern industry are required to withstand harsh conditions. When the environmental temperature changes, the volume of the materials used to make these devices usually changes slightly, typically by less than 0.01%. Although this may seem like a trivial change, over time this thermal expansion can seriously degrade the performance of industrial systems and equipment. ... more
Paris (ESA) Feb 21, 2017
ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon
Perth, Australia (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Sky and Space signs agreement with US Department of Defence
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
Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly". Using this method, molecules are chosen according to their ability to spontaneously interact and combine to form shapes with specific functions. In the f ... more
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Turning up the heat for perfect nano diamonds
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle

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