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February 24, 2017
ICE WORLD
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends



London, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. In a new study published in Nature, researchers from UCL (University College London), University of Cambridge and University of Louvain have combined existing ideas to solve the problem of which solar energy peaks in the last 2.6 million years led to the melting of the ice sheets and the start of a warm period. During this interval, Earth's climate has alternated between cold (g ... read more

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Prime Road and First Solar complete 18MW of Thai solar farms
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Prime Road Group and First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) welcome the completion of four solar farms totaling 18 megawatts (MWDC) of capacity in Thailand. Located across the Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani P ... more
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meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Many companies in Africa are struggling with electricity scarcity, power cuts and the reliance on diesel generators. The current installation of the so far largest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe wit ... 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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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 devel ... 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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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
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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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Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. Rhodium is known to accelerate, or catalyze, a variety of reactions used for industrial processes, but the energy boost offered by the rare ... more
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
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
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. The bots in question were employed by Wikipedia to perform a variety of editing and maintenance tasks. Editing bots repair vandalized text, enforce content and language bans, check and fix spelling, insert links ... 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
Kymeta aimes to deliver terabyte connectivity to the car of the future
Redmond WA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Kymeta, has announced that its 20 cm mTenna satellite antenna subsystem module (ASM) for the consumer connected car industry, successfully connected to the Intelsat satellite constellation. This successful test continues Kymeta's progress toward bringing high throughput, secure mobile connectivity to the automotive industry and follows the partnership announced with Toyota Motor Corporation at t ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows
Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Atlanta GA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
USC researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries - small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars. In a paper published in the January issue of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Sri Narayan and Derek Moy of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute outline how they developed an alteratio ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Stabilizing energy storage
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
German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy provider RWE on Thursday announced a surprise loss of 5.7 billion euros for 2016, hit by writedowns on its plants and one-off costs related to the country's exit from nuclear power. "The difficult market environment made impairments necessary. In addition, the nuclear energy fund imposed a substantial one-off burden on us," chief executive Rolf Martin Schmitz said in an unsched ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China delays nuclear reactor start again
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
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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
Forests worldwide threatened by drought
Stirling, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found. An analysis, published in the journal Ecology Letters, suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. The study found a similar response in trees across the world, where death increases consistently with increases in drou ... more
Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Study: The forest is getting farther away, especially in rural America
Yangon (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation
'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
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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
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
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
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China selfie-app leader seeks to 'beautify the world'
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
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Israeli warplanes shoot down Hamas drone: army
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
Penn researchers are among the first to grow a versatile 2-dimensional material
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
University of Pennsylvania researchers are now among the first to produce a single, three-atom-thick layer of a unique two-dimensional material called tungsten ditelluride. Their findings have been published in 2-D Materials. Unlike other two-dimensional materials, scientists believe tungsten ditelluride has what are called topological electronic states. This means that it can have many di ... more
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms
Warwick, UK (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech
Beijing, China (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
When ultrafast laser pulse meets magnetic materials
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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
Ramat Gan, Israel (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists create a nano-trampoline to probe quantum behavior
Lincoln NB (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists decipher the nanoscale architecture of a beetle's shell


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