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April 11, 2017
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Record new renewable power capacity added worldwide at lower cost



Nairobi, Kenya (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
As the cost of clean technology continues to fall, the world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, at an investment level 23 per cent lower than the previous year, according to new research published today by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 finds that wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5 gigawatts ... read more

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Upsolar Introduces its Floating Solar Technology to Europe
Treviso, Italy (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Upsolar System Italia Srl. the European subsidiary of Upsolar, a leading solar photovoltaic (PV) module producer and solutions providers is making its floating solar PV services available in Europe. ... more
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IEA: India needs diverse investments in renewables
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
India, which accounts for about 6 percent of total world energy demand, is making strides with renewables, but needs more investments, the IEA said. ... more
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Alberta sees potential in bubble-up solar strategy
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Solar programs at the municipal level are supporting Alberta's goal of building its renewable energy mix to 30 percent by 2030, a provincial minister said. ... more
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Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN
Paris (AFP) April 6, 2017
The world added a record 138.5 gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23 percent drop in investment, reflecting the falling cost of clean energy, the UN announced Thursday. ... more
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More pressure mounts on Trump's energy agenda
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
The Trump administration is on the wrong side of the law with efforts to delay the execution of clean power rules, a group of states and advocates said. ... more
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Report shines light on installed costs and deployment barriers for residential solar PV
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are making available the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residen ... more
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Electronic control to ensure photovoltaic systems always work at maximum power
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
After having developed various algorithms and control systems and having applied them in a whole range of fields, such as robotics, control of motors in electric machines, and in wind generators, th ... more
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Concept, SolarTech team up next-gen solar panels
Pompano Beach FL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Concept by US, manufacturer of the POWERSTATION 247 product family has announced a new partnership with SolarTech Universal,a US. Company using Meyer Burger's, Swiss-engineered SmartWire Connection ... more
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Next generation perovskite solar cells with new world-record performance
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has presented a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency performance, i ... more
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Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution. The new typ ... more


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Financialization's negative effect on the American solar industry
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Financialization's Negative Effect on the American Solar Industry: The increasing role of the United States' financial sector in the 1980s and 1990s, when it shifted from focusing on technology inve ... more
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Report: Global renewable power capacity expanding
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
As European and Asian leaders take up the low-carbon mantel from the United States, a global report found 2016 was a record-setter for renewable energy. ... more
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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 i ... 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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Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production. The dual-purpose bioenergy crops are predicted to be more than five times more profitable per acre t ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Gripen fighter completes test flights using 100 percent biofuel
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel
New Delhi (AFP) March 31, 2017
Shell unveils giant new high-tech research lab in India
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook on Thursday launched its digital assistant named "M" for US users of its Messenger application, ramping up the social network's efforts in artificial intelligence. For users of the messaging platform, M will pop up and suggest "helpful actions" in the chat window. The move is seen as the first step in a broader launch of the digital assistant to compete against services from Goo ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Robot epigenetics: Adding complexity to embodied robot evolution
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
NASA Robotic Refueling Mission Departs Station
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
With economic diversification on the agenda in Canada, the country's natural resources minister said this may be the start of the era for wind energy. Wind energy advocates and government officials visited Quebec for a regional energy conference as the North American energy landscape is shifting. Robert Hornung, the president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, told the audience mo ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'
Renewable energy needed to drive uptake of electric vehicles
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Plugging into renewable energy sources outweighs the cost and short driving ranges for consumers intending to buy electric vehicles, according to a new study. Queensland University of Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Kenan Degirmenci, from QUT Business School, said environmental performance - or being green - was more important than price or range confidence for electric vehicle ... more
Ottawa (AFP) March 30, 2017
Ford boosts research in Canada for connected cars
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
Tesla tops quarterly sales forecast
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
NASA Kennedy Partners to Help Develop Self-driving Cars
Physicists develop ultrathin superconducting film
Saarbrucken, Germany (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Experimental physicists in the research group led by Professor Uwe Hartmann at Saarland University have developed a thin nanomaterial with superconducting properties. Below about -200 C these materials conduct electricity without loss, levitate magnets and can screen magnetic fields. The particularly interesting aspect of this work is that the research team has succeeded in creating super ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists further understanding of a process that causes heat loss in fusion devices
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How does oxygen get into a fuel cell
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries
S.Africa to re-think nuclear deal after junk status : ANC
Johannesburg (AFP) April 9, 2017
South Africa's ruling party on Sunday said the government will have to re-think its costly and highly contentious nuclear expansion programme following last week's relegation of the country's creditworthiness to junk. Within days of each other the world's two major rating agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor's downgraded South African sovereign debt to junk status after President Jacob Zuma's ... more
Paris (AFP) April 9, 2017
France enshrines decision to close oldest nuclear plant
Tokyo (AFP) April 4, 2017
Toshiba to buy Engie's stake in NuGen for $139 mn
Chiba, Japan (AFP) March 30, 2017
Toshiba execs under fire as loss forecast balloons
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U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The only U.S. sector where emissions of carbon dioxide increased last year was in the transportation sector, an Energy Department division reported. A daily brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported CO2 emissions from the transportation sector increased 1.9 percent from 2015 levels. Emissions directly from motor gasoline increased 1.8 percent and the overall sector ... more
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
New York (AFP) April 3, 2017
US states begin legal action on Trump energy delay
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Next time you bite into a chocolate bar, think of Africa. The continent produces nearly 70 percent of the world's cocoa, a growing output that requires carving more than 325,000 acres of new farmland from forests every year - a drop in the bucket of overall agricultural expansion there. That expansion is the subject of a new Stanford study that provides the first comprehensive assessment o ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A new parameterization of canopy radiative transfer for land surface radiation models
London (AFP) April 5, 2017
First world survey finds 9,600 tree species risk extinction
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Emissions from the edge of the forest
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) recently worked with research groups from University of Florida, Carthage College and University of Maryland to validate technology designed to further humanity's reach into space. A collection of flights on G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727, gave researchers the chance to run experiments an ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
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
Touch-sensitive, elastic fibers offer new interface for electronics
Raleigh NC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created elastic, touch-sensitive fibers that can interface with electronic devices. "Touch is a common way to interact with electronics using keyboards and touch screens," says Michael Dickey, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper describing the work. "We have created soft a ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
Researchers find a way to scale production of printable electronics
Raleigh NC (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Advances make reduced graphene oxide electronics feasible
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers
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Polluted London sets its sights on cars
London (AFP) April 9, 2017
Gone are the days of London's "pea souper" smogs, but like many European cities, the British capital is once again being choked by pollution - and has road traffic firmly in its sights. In 1952, the Great Smog suffocated London for five days, bringing the city to a standstill as soot-filled clouds descended onto the streets and into people's lungs, leaving more than 12,000 dead. The cri ... more
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
Road salt runoff threatens US, Canada lakes: study
Shanghai (AFP) April 6, 2017
Shanghai river clean-up leaves boat-dwellers in limbo
Dhaka (AFP) April 6, 2017
Bangladesh closes one of world's most polluted places
Hong Kong protester jailed over anti-China clashes
Hong Kong (AFP) April 10, 2017
A Hong Kong technician was jailed for four years and nine months on Monday for rioting and arson during anti-China protests last year, in the harshest punishment yet over the unrest. The case is the latest in a slew of legal action against demonstrators and comes soon after new pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam was selected as leader of the semi-autonomous city. Yeung Ka-lun, 32, was pictu ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 5, 2017
Billionaire Warren Buffet becomes face of Coke in China
Los Angeles (AFP) April 5, 2017
US authorities bust visa fraud scheme for wealthy Chinese
Hong Kong (AFP) April 2, 2017
Warhol Mao portrait fetches $12.7m in Hong Kong auction
Whiteflies provide insight into stabilizing manmade drones during takeoff
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
When whiteflies take off, they don't just spread their wings and fly. Just .03 of an inch long, these tiny insects possess a variety of sophisticated techniques that provide them with exceptional stability in the air. Tel Aviv University researchers now say that they may hold the secret to stabilizing the take-off of small robotic manmade flyers such as miniaturized drones. TAU research pr ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
USS America tests Rolling Airframe Missile on drone
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin demo unmanned F-16
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
U.S. Air Force taps URS for unmanned aircraft operations
DARPA Wades into Murky Multimedia Information Streams to Catch Big Meaning
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The U.S. government has always had an interest in developing and maintaining a strategic understanding of events, situations, and trends around the world. In recent years, however, information complexity has exceeded the capacity of analysts to glean meaningful or actionable insights as data pours in from disparate sources, across a variety of genres, and a mixture of structured and unstructured ... more
Binghamton NY (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
New research could help speed up the 3-D printing process
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Spray-on memory could enable bendable digital storage
Paris (ESA) Apr 06, 2017
European conference on space debris risks and mitigation
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Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers - the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films - will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Platelets instead of quantum dots
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Scientists have been researching luminous coloured quantum dots (QDs) since the 1980s. These nanocrystals are now part of our everyday lives: the electronics industry uses them in LCD televisions to enhance colour reproduction and image quality. Quantum dots are spherical nanocrystals made of a semiconductor material. When these crystals are excited by light, they glow green or red - depen ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
How nanoparticles affect flow through porous stuff in surprising ways
Bath, UK (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Nanoscopic golden springs change color of twisted light
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Photonic crystal and nanowire combo advances 'photonic integration'


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