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February 23, 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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U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
A consortium of U.S. clean-energy groups said it was growth in the industries tied to renewable energy that were the ones creating more jobs. ... 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
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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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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
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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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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
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Robotics engineers often find their inspiration from nature. For six-legged robots, a nature-inspired gait proved an impediment to maximum speed. Researchers at the University of Lausanne and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, UNIL and EPFL, wanted to find out if there was a faster way for their insect-inspired robot to scurry. Most insects walk with a tripod gait, keeping th ... more
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
Singapore (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
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
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows
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
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
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
Ljubljana (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
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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
Study: The forest is getting farther away, especially in rural America
Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Every year the forest gets farther away. According to researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, between 1990 and 2000, the average distance between any point the United States and the nearest forest grew by a third of a mile - 14 percent. Surprisingly, the survey - detailed in the journal PLOS ONE - showed rural forests and forests on public lands were mo ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation
Yangon (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber
Jena, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
How much biomass grows in the savannah
'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
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
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
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A new spin on electronics
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Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
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
Over 30,000 gather to support jailed Hong Kong cops: reports
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
More than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to show their support for seven police officers who were sentenced to two years in jail for beating up a pro-democracy activist in 2014, reports said. Television news footage showed long queues leading up to the packed football pitch of the Police Sports and Recreational Club in Kowloon, with off-duty and retired members of the force ma ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China jails safety boss who was sacked over huge blast
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China selfie-app leader seeks to 'beautify the world'
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Film depicts crackdown on China labour advocates
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
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Milrem displays THeMIS modular unmanned ground vehicle
ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon
Paris (ESA) Feb 21, 2017
Tomorrow, a Space-X Dragon cargo ferry will be launched to the International Space Station packed with supplies, experiments, tools and food for the six astronauts living and working high above Earth. In the unpressurised cargo hold is a new NASA sensor that will monitor our atmosphere with a helping hand from ESA. The Space Station flies 400 km above our planet at 28 800 km/h, experiencin ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
When ultrafast laser pulse meets magnetic materials
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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Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields
London, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Within the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens which is capable of enhancing commanders' ability to observe adversaries' activities over much greater distances than existing sensors. At the same time, the lens could be used as a form of 'de ... more
London (UPI) Jan 6, 2017
U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
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
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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