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April 20, 2017
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Imec Develops Bifacial n-PERT Solar Cell with a Record 22.8 Percent Front-Side Efficiency



Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Imec reports that it has realized bifacial n-PERT solar cells using an industrially-compatible process with a record-setting front-side conversion efficiency of 22.8 percent. Used bifacially under standard front illuminations conditions in conjunction with an additional 0.15 sun rear illumination, these cells can produce the equivalent energy of 26.2 percent monofacial cells. With a projected potential low cost-of-ownership at module level ( 0.30 $/Wp), the newly developed bifacial cell technolog ... read more

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Adjusting solar panel angles a few times a year makes them more efficient
Binghamton NY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
With Earth Day approaching, new research from Binghamton University-State of New York could help U.S. residents save more energy, regardless of location, if they adjust the angles of solar panels fo ... more
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Swedish leading solar energy technology provider Midsummer offers complete BIPV metal roof systems
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Midsummer has announced the launch of a complete solution for BIPV metal roof systems together with the Swedish Metal roofing company Clix Steel Profile AB. Midsummer has developed a rapid pro ... more
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New solar power on tap for India
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A contract for a new solar project in India could help the country reach its goals for renewable power capacity, French energy company ENGIE said. ... more
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Center for Sustainable Energy Partners with EnergySage to Offer an Online Multifamily Solar Marketplace
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is collaborating with EnergySage, an online solar marketplace, to promote and simplify installations of solar electric power systems at multifamily residences ... more
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NREL establishes world record for solar hydrogen production
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical ( ... more
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Mechanism behind the electric charges generated by photosynthesis
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Photosynthesis requires a mechanism to produce large amounts of chemical energy without losing the oxidative power needed to break down water. A Japanese research team has clarified part of this mec ... more
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Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most promising materials for photovoltaics and photocatalysis nowadays. This material appears in different crystalline forms, but the most attractive one for ap ... more
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NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy norm ... more
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NREL's new perovskite ink opens window for quality cells
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of pe ... more
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Americans use more clean energy in 2016
Livermore CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consum ... 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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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 n ... 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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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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Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. To help combat this environmental problem, researchers have modified a degradable bioplastic derived from corn starch or other natural sources for use in more eco-friendly electronic components. They report their development in ACS' journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry ... more
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Towards more efficient biofuels by making oil from algae
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters
Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
For Palestinian family, an udder-ly unique power source
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma is resting on its laurels in the renewable energy sector by signing legislation ending tax credits for the wind industry, the state's governor said. Gov. Mary Fallin put her signature on a bill that ends tax credits for wind power, effective July 1. In a statement, the governor said the tax credits were part of a comprehensive energy strategy that left wind accounting for more ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
German power company examining new wind energy options.
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
GM to ramp up self-driving effort in Silicon Valley
New York (AFP) April 14, 2017
General Motors is boosting its autonomous driving efforts, investing $14 million and adding 1,100 jobs in a new research center in San Francisco. The largest US automaker made the announcement Thursday, amid a race in the industry on autonomous vehicle research. While GM is already testing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise Automation unit in California, Arizona and Michigan, the new ... more
San Francisco (AFP) April 14, 2017
Uber says growth strong as it gives a peek at earnings
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Tesla's Musk announces plans for semi-truck launch
San Francisco (AFP) April 14, 2017
Apple gets permit to test self-driving cars
Harnessing heat to power computers
Lincoln NB (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
One of the biggest problems with computers, dating to the invention of the first one, has been finding ways to keep them cool so that they don't overheat or shut down. Instead of combating the heat, two University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers have embraced it as an alternative energy source that would allow computing at ultra-high temperatures. Sidy Ndao, assistant professor of mech ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
A battery prototype powered by atmospheric nitrogen
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
Riverside CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Making batteries from waste glass bottles
The critical importance of Predictive Power when building NPPs
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Few jobs are more massive than that of building a nuclear power plant, a project that takes years and billions of dollars to complete. But once a new plant is finished, how do engineers know it will operate as designed? In October 2016, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) began full commercial operation of its Watts Bar Unit 2 (WB2) nuclear power plant, the United States' first new nuclea ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
AREVA NP Signs Contract for Outage Services at Farley Nuclear Generating Station
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
AREVA and KAZATOMPROM sign a strategic agreement
Johannesburg (AFP) April 9, 2017
S.Africa to re-think nuclear deal after junk status : ANC
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
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
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests. A seven-year study, led by Oregon State University and the Center for International Forestry Research, spanned five countries across the topics from Indonesia to the Dominican Republic. ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A new parameterization of canopy radiative transfer for land surface radiation models
Burlington, VT (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
When old growth beats old school
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
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
New form of matter may hold the key to developing quantum machines
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Harvard physicists have created a new form of matter - dubbed a time crystal - which could offer important insights into the mysterious behavior of quantum systems. Traditionally speaking, crystals - like salt, sugar or even diamonds - are simply periodic arrangements of atoms in a three-dimensional lattice. Time crystals, on the other hand, take that notion of periodically-arranged ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Method improves semiconductor fiber optics, paves way for developing devices
Taipei (AFP) April 13, 2017
Top chipmaker TSMC says forex fluctuation hits Q1 earnings
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Flexible processors with atomically thin materials
The bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads. The rulers of Kathmandu's streets are a web of transport syndicates made up of private bus owners who have repeatedly blocked official attempts to modernise the highly inefficient bus network. Critics say th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
Cologne, Germany (AFP) April 13, 2017
Recycling-mad Germans turn to sharing to battle waste
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
System to turn deadly chemicals into harmless dirt makes advances
Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China
The Hague (AFP) April 12, 2017
Two giant pandas arrived by plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Wednesday after a marathon 8,000 kilometre journey from China, the first breeding pair on Dutch soil in three decades. Female panda Wu Wen (Beautiful Powerful Cloud) and her male companion Xing Ya (Elegant Star) touched down at Schiphol at around 1730 GMT after leaving Chengdu in central China more than 10 hours earlier. ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 10, 2017
Beijing hutongs: village life in the city
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
Hong Kong's Carrie Lam officially accepts role as chief executive
Hong Kong (AFP) April 12, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker charged for upending Chinese flag
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
U.S. Army tests dune buggy-like Hunter, Killer vehicles
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A developing U.S. Army platform comprising two dune buggy-like vehicles completed a round of testing at Fort Sill, Okla., on Thursday. The eight-wheeled vehicles, known as Hunter and Killer, were tested between April 3 and April 13 during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, or MFIX. They are designed to travel through various types of terrain and provide operators with aircra ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.K. defense minister calls for autonomous supply vehicles
(UPI) Apr 17, 2017
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk
Computers create recipe for two new magnetic materials
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Material scientists have predicted and built two new magnetic materials, atom-by-atom, using high-throughput computational models. The success marks a new era for the large-scale design of new magnetic materials at unprecedented speed. Although magnets abound in everyday life, they are actually rarities - only about five percent of known inorganic compounds show even a hint of magnetism. A ... more
Singapore (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
4-D printing gets simpler and faster
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists
Dijon, France (AFP) April 18, 2017
France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram
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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
Nanotubes that build themselves
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in producing nanotubes from a single building block using so-called molecular self-recognition. The tube can also change shape depending on the surrounding environment. The results can contribute to the future development of transport channels for drugs through the cell membrane. In the present study, researchers from Lund Universit ... more
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys


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