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March 31, 2017
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Soventix builds Solar Power Plant for Vina Cono Sur



Santiago, Chile (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
SOVENTIX has signed a PPA with the Chilean company Vina Cono Sur for the realization of a solar power plant project. The plant with a nominal output of just under 100 kilowatts peak (kWp) is built in an area of approximately 1.800 square meters on a vineyard in Peralillo in the Colchagua Valley. With the generated electricity of around 174,200-kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, irrigation pumps are operating for the vineyard of about 200 hectares. The project partners were brought together by the "Sma ... read more

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QSTec starts up its 8,000 MT polysilicon facility in Qatar
Doha, Qatar (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it has successfully produced its first polysilicon at its 8,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) manufacturing facility in Qatar.b QSTec, the ... more
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First Solar to deliver 48Mw Manildra solar farm
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
First Solar, Inc. reported Monday that a financial close has been reached for the Manildra Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. First Solar will leverage its expertise in utility-scale so ... more
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State leaders, businesses, take up U.S. low-carbon effort
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
A bubble-up approach to building a low-carbon U.S. economy will help offset the emphasis on fossil fuels from Washington, leaders and advocates said. ... more
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PV Nano Cell Announces Cooperation with Meyer Burger for Advancements in Printed Electronics
Migdal Ha'emek, Israel (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
PV Nano Cell Ltd. reports that they are teaming with Meyer Burger. PV Nano Cell's Sicrys silver and copper inks will be used with Meyer Burger's PiXDRO JETx printers for high volume production appli ... more
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The economic case for wind and solar energy in Africa
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, ... more
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Lightsource turns on Northern Ireland's largest solar project
London, UK (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe's leading solar energy company, is pleased to announce the commissioning of a major solar development in Antrim, delivering over 32 MW of clean, renewable energy ... more
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Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Rice University scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to ... more
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Nanomaterials that makes harvesting sunlight easier
London, UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials. This is the conclusion of a study published today led by ... more
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Colstrip bill risks shutting door to Montana's renewable power future
Billings MT (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A Montana Senate bill slated for a committee vote would deter future investment in Montana's underutilized renewable energy resources. Senate Bill 338, introduced by Sen. Duane Ankney (R - Colstrip) ... more
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Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
As Africa gears up for a tripling of electricity demand by 2030, a new Berkeley study maps out a viable strategy for developing wind and solar power while simultaneously reducing the continent's rel ... more


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Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A material with the perovskite crystal structure has become very popular for solar cells. While most perovskites are inorganic compounds, this new material is a hybrid of relatively inexpensive orga ... more
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Sea change needed for low-carbon economy
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Nearly 70 percent of all new cars need to be electric and $3.5 trillion in annual investments are needed to keep global warming at bay, a new report found. ... more
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Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant
Dubai (AFP) March 20, 2017
Dubai on Monday completed a solar plant big enough to power 50,000 homes as part of a plan to generate three-quarters of its energy from renewables by 2050. ... more
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New solar energy plant to be installed on Barbuda
London, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) further strives toward the realisation of generating 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by the year 2020. The installation of ... more

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Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have analysed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may be relevant for the biotechnological production of hydrogen. To date, little is known about the way organisms form this type of hydrogenases under natural conditions. Using novel synthetic biology methods, the team aro ... more
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
Want to go ice fishing on Jupiter's moon Europa? There's no promising you'll catch anything, but a new set of robotic prototypes could help. Since 2015, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been developing new technologies for use on future missions to ocean worlds. That includes a subsurface probe that could burrow through miles of ice, taking samples along the wa ... more
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
AM General, Army to test autonomous vehicle system
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Danish plans to build one of the larger wind farms in European territorial waters are in line with competition and environmental goals there, a governing body said. Denmark in February told the European Commission it was offering state-backed premiums for the price of electricity to support the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner in charge of ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
Mercedes, VW recall million vehicles in China
Beijing (AFP) March 29, 2017
German automakers Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen will recall nearly one million vehicles in China, according to the country's quality regulator. Mercedes Benz will recall nearly 400,000 vehicles of different models produced between May 2015 and February 2017 due to concerns that parts of the ignition circuitry could overheat under some extreme conditions, according to a statement posted on the ... more
New Delhi (AFP) March 29, 2017
India court bans sale of 800,000 vehicles over emission levels
Paris (AFP) March 29, 2017
London, Paris, Seoul launch 'name-and-shame' polluting car index
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
VW reaches $157 mn diesel settlement with 10 US states
Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Although most of our electronic devices, like mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles use lithium rechargeable batteries, what is going on inside them is not fully understood. Researchers from the Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) succeeded in observing in realtime the ultrafast dynamics of lithium ions with femtosecond time resolut ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How does oxygen get into a fuel cell
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Building a market for renewable thermal technologies
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Toshiba's US nuclear unit files for bankruptcy protection
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
Toshiba's loss-hit US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for bankruptcy protection, the companies said Wednesday, as the troubled division wrestles with huge losses and accounting fraud claims. The Japanese conglomerate's board approved the Chapter 11 filing in a US court in New York, a step that temporarily shelters struggling firms as they try to restructure their affairs ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 28, 2017
Japan high court rules nuclear reactors can restart
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
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Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Voluntary efficiency programmes - including one targeted for elimination by the Trump administration - have led to energy savings of up to 30 percent in commercial buildings in Los Angeles, researchers have reported. Describing their study as the first large-scale analysis of green certification schemes for big buildings, a pair of researchers from the University of California at Los Angel ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
New York (AFP) March 26, 2017
New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Emissions flat for three years in a row, IEA says
Asian dust providing key nutrients for California's giant sequoias
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Dust from as far away as the Gobi Desert in Asia is providing more nutrients than previously thought for plants, including giant sequoias, in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, a team of scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have found. The scientists found that dust from the Gobi Desert and the Central Valley of California contributed more phosphor ... more
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Forests fight global warming in many ways
Bogor, Indonesia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Reconsider the impact of trees on water cycles and climate, scientists ask
Santiago (AFP) March 18, 2017
Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
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
Quantum communication: How to outwit noise
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Nowadays we communicate via radio signals and send electrical pulses through long cables. This could change soon, however: Scientists have been working intensely on developing methods for quantum information transfer. This would enable tap-proof data transfer or, one day, even the linking of quantum computers. Quantum information transfer requires reliable information transfer from one qua ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
A big leap toward tinier lines
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Organic electronics can use power from socket
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Ultrafast measurements explain quantum dot voltage drop
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Rocks that tell our industrial history
Basque Country, Spain (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
"Because certain geological events record everything, studying them helps to reconstruct the environmental past and to determine how human beings have influenced the environment. They will even be able to offer valuable information to tackle possible effects of climate change," asserted Nikole Arrieta, author of the study analysing beachrocks. They are rock formations that are produced in ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) March 29, 2017
California prepares for war with Trump over environment
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz
Bogota (AFP) March 27, 2017
Colombian town votes against gold mine, in vain
Hong Kong activist jailed over Umbrella Movement protest
Hong Kong (AFP) March 30, 2017
A Hong Kong democracy activist was jailed Thursday over Umbrella Movement mass protests while nine more campaigners face charges, as fears grow that freedoms are under threat in the semi-autonomous city. The cases come days after pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam was selected as city leader by a committee skewed towards the mainland camp. They also precede an expected visit by China's Presid ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 30, 2017
Tibetan fashion hits the Beijing runway
Beijing (AFP) March 27, 2017
Australia-based professor blocked from leaving China
Hong Kong (AFP) March 26, 2017
China's favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership, vows to heal rifts
Happy Wanderer? Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Its Own Orbital Record
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 27, 2017
The US Air Force's super-secret Boeing X-37B mini space shuttle just broke its own orbital record of 674 days in space. The landing date for the apparatus remains undetermined. The X-37B robotic space plane's current machine incarnation, OTV-4, just broke its own record by staying in orbit for 675 days, at least one day longer than its predecessor, OTV-3. The fourth of the X-37B unmanned s ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A novel hybrid UAV that may change the way people operate drones
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
General Atomics building ground control station for drones
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia
NASA laser communications to provide Orion faster connections
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
NASA is working to forever change the way astronauts communicate to and from space using an advanced laser communications system called LEMNOS, which will enable exponentially faster connections than ever before. Imagine being able to watch 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) video as humans take their first steps on another planet. Or imagine astronauts picking up a cell phone and video-confer ... more
Miami (AFP) March 30, 2017
Space blanket floats away during historic spacewalk
Leicester, UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
'Ground Control' Arrives at Leicester University
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
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German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Researchers in Germany are trying to use a massive light array to generate clean energy. This week, the scientists switched on their Synlight experiment, a collection of 149 film projector spotlights on steroids. Together the lights can generate the radiation of 10,000 suns, making the world's biggest solar simulator. When concentrated on a single point, the lights can produce temperatu ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Glasgow, Scotland (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
U.S. Air Force buys additional laser materials
3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integrating a 3-D printing technique pioneered at Dartmouth's Ke Functional Materials Group, researchers may un ... more
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Light-controlled gearbox for nanomachines
Akron OH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers develop new method to program nanoparticle organization in polymer thin films


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