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May 04, 2017
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Renewable sources now almost one-fifth of US generating capacity



Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
According to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with data through March 31, 2017), wind and solar provided 50.84% of the new electrical generating capacity added to the U.S. grid during the first quarter of 2017. Thirteen "units" of wind totaling 1,479 MW combined with 62 units of solar (939 MW) exceeded the 2,235 MW provided by 21 units of natural gas and 102 MW provided by one unit of nuclear power. There was also 1-MW of ... read more

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Indian Space Agency Test-Drives Solar Electric Hybrid Vehicle
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 04, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) added another milestone to its list of achievements by successfully showcasing a solar-electric hybrid vehicle. ISRO's different engineering branches at ... more
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Photoluminescent display absorbs, converts light into energy
Bellingham WA (SPX) May 04, 2017
By replacing the phosphor screen in a laser phosphor display (LPD) with a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC), one can harvest energy from ambient light as well as display high-resolution images. ... more
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U.S. renewable power groups defend reliability
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Industry trade groups aligned with low-carbon power sources in the United States defended their respective sectors against concerns about grid reliability. ... more
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Indian Space Agency Comes Up With an App Indicating Solar Power Potential
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an Android app that will show the solar potential of a given location in any part of the country. The app was developed to support the cle ... more
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Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Publishing in Nature, EPFL scientists show how light affects perovskite film formation in solar cells, which is a critical factor in using them for cost-effective and energy-efficient photovoltaics. ... more
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Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
One key goal for renewable energy in the United States is to promote the continued adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a clean energy workforce. ... more
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Experts outline pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realiz ... more
ENERGY TECH
A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel
Newark NJ (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Such initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using ... more
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Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. A new solar cell design could raise the energy conversion efficiency to over 50% by absorbing the spectral ... more
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Ancala and Anesco deploy large scale battery at UK solar farm
London, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Ancala Partners and Anesco have completed the first portfolio-scale deployment of batteries co-located on solar parks in the UK. The batteries, located at 10 of Ancala's existing solar PV sites acro ... more


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Solar power reliability in Britain boosted with batteries
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Batteries deployed at solar farms in Britain could add reliability to the renewable energy portfolio in the country, developers said. ... more
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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 u ... 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



Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird's popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now scientists have developed a way to do this by mixing the waste with another environmental scourge, an invasive weed that is affecting agriculture in Africa. They report t ... more
Tarragona, Spain (SPX) May 04, 2017
Nickel: A greener route to fatty acids
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Scientists develop efficient multifunctional catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to gasoline
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) May 02, 2017
Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae
Your future surgery may use an automated, robotic drill
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 02, 2017
A computer-driven automated drill, similar to those used to machine auto parts, could play a pivotal role in future surgical procedures. The new machine can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures, decreasing from two hours to two and a half minutes. Researchers at the University of Utah developed the drill that produces fast, clean, and safe cuts, ... more
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 04, 2017
Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Synthetic two-sided gecko's foot could enable underwater robotics
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The rise of automated art
U.S. wind power accelerating at near-record pace
Washington (UPI) May 2, 2017
An annual report from a wind energy trade group in the United States found the sector is in the midst of extraordinary growth and Texas is leading the way. Tuesday's report from the American Wind Energy Association found first quarter U.S. installations reached 2,000 megawatts, triple the capacity from one year ago, for one of the strongest quarters on record. "The addition of No ... more
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
CEE Group acquires wind farm with a capacity of 27.6 megawatts in Brandenburg
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Norwegian company envisions wind energy role for oil production
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Tesla revenues surge as it ramps for Model 3 launch
Washington (AFP) May 3, 2017
Tesla said Wednesday that revenues more than doubled in the past quarter compared with a year ago, as the electric carmaker prepared for production of its new mass-market vehicle. In its update for the first quarter Tesla said its Model 3 development "is nearly complete." The company expects to produce 5,000 of these cars per week at some point this year and 10,000 per week in 2018. The ... more
Beirut (AFP) April 30, 2017
Bike-sharing launched in congested Beirut
San Francisco (AFP) April 25, 2017
Free rides offered by Alphabet's Waymo autonomous cars
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
Rideshare rivals Gett, Juno join forces
Thin layers of water hold promise for the energy storage of the future
Raleigh, NC (SPX) May 03, 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a material which incorporates atomically thin layers of water is able to store and deliver energy much more quickly than the same material that doesn't include the water layers. The finding raises some interesting questions about the behavior of liquids when confined at this scale and holds promise for shaping future energy-storage t ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Bright future for self-charging batteries
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Super P carbon black for reversible lithium and sodium ion storage
London, UK (SPX) May 03, 2017
Revolutionary method reveals impact of short circuits on battery safety
Ukraine clings to nuclear power despite Chernobyl trauma
Kiev (AFP) April 30, 2017
Ukraine is still suffering from the trauma of the world's worst civil nuclear accident at Chernobyl but has nonetheless turned the hazardous fuel into the backbone of its energy portfolio. The crisis-torn country now uses atomic power for more than half of its electricity needs as it struggles through a coal shortage sparked by a three-year war against Russian-backed insurgents in the separa ... more
Johannesburg (AFP) April 26, 2017
Court deals setback to South Africa's nuclear ambitions
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Andra continues Areva contract to operate its Aube Surface Disposal Facility
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
The critical importance of Predictive Power when building NPPs
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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
New look at satellite data questions scale of China's afforestation success
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
China has invested more resources than any other country in reversing deforestation and planting trees. However, given the large scale of these programmes it has been difficult to quantify their impact on forest cover. A new study shows that much of China's new tree cover consists of sparse, low plantations as opposed to large areas of dense, high tree cover. The results of the study could ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) May 02, 2017
Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be as dire as believed
Vancouver (AFP) April 28, 2017
Deforestation from a tree's perspective at the TED conference
Boston MA (SPX) May 01, 2017
Scientists examine impact of high-severity fires on conifer forests
Scientists Find Giant Wave Rolling Through the Perseus Galaxy Cluster
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 03, 2017
Combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio observations and computer simulations, an international team of scientists has discovered a vast wave of hot gas in the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster. Spanning some 200,000 light-years, the wave is about twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. The researchers say the wave formed billions of years ago, after a small galaxy ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
A new wave of electronics that's flexible, organic and biodegradable
Stanford CA (SPX) May 04, 2017
As electronics become increasingly pervasive in our lives - from smart phones to wearable sensors - so too does the ever rising amount of electronic waste they create. A United Nations Environment Program report found that almost 50 million tons of electronic waste were thrown out in 2017--more than 20 percent higher than waste in 2015. Troubled by this mounting waste, Stanford engineer Zh ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 03, 2017
Dawn of organic single crystal electronics
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Light has new capacity for electronics
Buffalo NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
'Valleytronics' advancement could help extend Moore's Law
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Philippine minister bans new open-pit mines worth $8 bn
Manila (AFP) April 27, 2017
Philippine socialite-turned-environment minister Regina Lopez caused ire in the mining industry Thursday by announcing a ban on new open-pit mines, a move that threatens over eight billion dollars in investments. Lopez, who has already ordered the closure of 23 mines this year, told reporters she would not allow any new open-pit mines to operate, even those that gained government approval be ... more
Manila (AFP) May 3, 2017
Philippine environment chief dumped as miners triumph
Pensacola, FL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Predicting the movement and impacts of microplastic pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
New approach to improve detection of landfill-related pollution
12 dead in tunnel blast in southwest China
Beijing (AFP) May 3, 2017
Twelve workers died following an explosion in a high-speed rail tunnel in southwestern China, state media said Wednesday, after rescuers spent over 14 hours searching the rubble for survivors. The blast occurred after gas filled the tunnel, which was being bored in the province of Guizhou, leaving 12 injured and 12 trapped, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Over 2,000 rescue ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 4, 2017
Hong Kong remembers bloodiest violence 50 years on
Yuxian, China (AFP) May 1, 2017
Opera troupe tours rural China defending a dying art
Hong Kong (AFP) April 29, 2017
World's only Tiananmen museum returns to Hong Kong
Dutch production facility opens for Predator B landing gear
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
The Fokker business unit of GKN Aerospace has opened a production line in the Netherland's for the manufacture of landing gear systems for Predator B drones. The factory is located in Helmond, the Netherlands, and is highly automated, GKN said. "We are proud to manufacture the landing gear of the innovative Predator B system for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems," Michiel van ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017
Lockheed flies long-range endurance test flights of Fury unmanned aircraft
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Why space dust emits radio waves upon crashing into a spacecraft
Washington DC (SPX) May 03, 2017
When spacecraft and satellites travel through space they encounter tiny, fast moving particles of space dust and debris. If the particle travels fast enough, its impact appears to create electromagnetic radiation (in the form of radio waves) that can damage or even disable the craft's electronic systems. A new study published this week in the journal Physics of Plasmas, from AIP Publishing ... more
Leicester UK (SPX) May 03, 2017
Ground Control Satellite Dish Arrives at University of Leicester
Washington (UPI) May 2, 2017
Raytheon receives $327M radar contract for U.S. Navy
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
SES Offers Panoramic Glimpse into the Future of TV with Live Virtual Reality Demo
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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
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
The ability to pattern materials at ever-smaller sizes - using electron-beam lithography (EBL), in which an electron-sensitive material is exposed to a focused beam of electrons, as a primary method - is driving advances in nanotechnology. When the feature size of materials is reduced from the macroscale to the nanoscale, individual atoms and molecules can be manipulated to dramatically alter ma ... more
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 04, 2017
X-ray microscope optics resolve 50-nm features while eliminating chromatic aberrations
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Self-assembled nanostructures can be selectively controlled
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Nanotubes that build themselves


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