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February 22, 2017
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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

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Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech ... more
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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
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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
TECH SPACE
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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ... more
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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

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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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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
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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
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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

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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
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry. The researchers consulted with PJM Inte ... more
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
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
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper is available now online in 'early view' ahead of being featured on the cover in the print edition on March 1. (A pdf of the paper is also available here). Said to be the largest human artifact on t ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
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
Stabilizing energy storage
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power coming from wind and solar installations until it is needed. Some of the current technologies that are potenti ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Champaign IL (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries
Corvallis OR (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage
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
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China delays nuclear reactor start again
Ljubljana (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016
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New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
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
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
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Our Galaxy's gravitational field limits the accuracy of astrometric observations of distant objects. This is most clearly appeared for objects that are visually located behind the central regions of the Galaxy and the Galactic plane, where the deviation can be up to several dozen microarcseconds. And, more importantly, the effect of this gravitational "noise" cannot be removed. This means ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
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
A new spin on electronics
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. But this technology's potential will be reaching its limits in the near future, since the components deployed cannot be miniaturized further. But, there is another option: using an electron's spin, instead of its charge, to transmit information. A team of scientists from Munich and Kyoto is now demonstrati ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Artificial synapse for neural networks
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Combining the ultra-fast with the ultra-small
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Mail armor inspires physicists
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Study finds 6,600 fracking spills in four states over 10 years
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
In a new study, researchers tallied spills at hydraulic fracturing sites between 2005 and 2014 in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Researchers surveyed state records of incidents at 31,481 fracking wells. According to their work, the decade yielded 6,648 spills in just four states. "State spill data holds great promise for risk identification and mitigation," ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
Bangalore, India (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Polluted Indian lake catches fire
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
Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones
Mont-De-Marsan, France (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws. At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight. The roar of a departing Rafale fighter jet gives way to the buzz of a drone lifting into the air on a runway at the air base, so ... more
Rome (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Leonardo supplying radars for Patroller drones
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Ukroboronprom presents modified Phantom unmanned vehicle
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Monitoring birds by drone
Research reveals novel quantum state in strange insulating materials
Providence RI (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally how a unique form of magnetism arises in an odd class of materials called Mott insulators. The findings are a step toward a better understanding the quantum states of these materials, which have generated much interest among scientists in recent years. The study, published in Nature Communications, helps to confirm novel theoretic ... 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
Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics. The process opens the way for the production of large wafers around 1.5 nanometres in depth (a sheet of paper, by comparison, is 100,000nm thick). Other techniques have proven unreliable in terms of quality, difficult to scale up and function only at ver ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Switched-on DNA spark nano-electronic applications
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication


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