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May 05, 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
Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 04, 2017
Computers are able to learn to explain the behavior of individuals by tracking their glances and movements. Researchers from Aalto University, University of Birmingham and University of Oslo present results paving the way for computers to learn psychologically plausible models of individuals simply by observing them. In newly published conference article, the researchers showed that ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 02, 2017
Your future surgery may use an automated, robotic drill
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
Germany's Bosch sells subsidiary to China's ZMJ
Berlin (AFP) May 2, 2017
Germany's Bosch, the world's largest auto parts supplier, said Tuesday it had sold its subsidiary making starter motors and generators to a Chinese buyer. It did not disclose the price, but industry sources estimated it at more than 500 million euros ($550 million). The buyers are Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Co. (ZMJ) and Hong Kong-based China Renaissance Capital Investment, th ... 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
Super P carbon black for reversible lithium and sodium ion storage
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Nowadays lithium ion batteries play a dominant role in the rechargeable battery market. Sodium ion batteries have recently attracted increasing interest as an alternative to lithium ion batteries due to the high natural abundance of sodium compared to lithium. Super P carbon black (SPCB), produced from partial oxidation of petrochemical precursors exhibiting a large specific surface area a ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Bright future for self-charging batteries
Washington DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
NRL breakthrough enables safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries
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
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 4, 2017
Fourteen Chinese people suspected of illegally exporting red wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo were arrested Thursday, local officials said. "We have arrested Chinese people... who were cutting wood in our region," Celestin Pande, acting governor of the Haut-Katanga region, told AFP. Pande said 17,000 tonnes of red wood had been illegally exported to China through Zambia over f ... 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
Light has new capacity for electronics
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Characters in some of the more futuristic science fiction films, like "Minority Report" and "Iron Man," control computer displays with slick and deliberate hand motions. In "Minority Report," the protagonist, played by Tom Cruise, uses gloves that glow at the fingertips and give him the power of virtual manipulation. The light seems to allow him to control the screen as if it were a touchscreen, ... more
Raleigh, NC (SPX) May 05, 2017
Hybrid circuits can increase computational power of chaos-based systems
Buffalo NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
'Valleytronics' advancement could help extend Moore's Law
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics
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Not even the Himalayas are immune to traffic smog
Cincinnati OH (SPX) May 04, 2017
Smog from cars and trucks is an expected health hazard in big cities, but researchers from the University of Cincinnati found pollution from truck exhaust on one of the most remote mountain roads in the world. Brooke Crowley, an assistant professor of geology and anthropology, and UC graduate student Rajarshi Dasgupta examined soil pollution along India's Manali-Leh Highway in the Himalaya ... more
Manila (AFP) May 3, 2017
Philippine environment chief dumped as miners triumph
Manila (AFP) May 4, 2017
'Lobby money' behind fall of Philippine environment chief: Duterte
Manila (AFP) April 27, 2017
Philippine minister bans new open-pit mines worth $8 bn
Hong Kong remembers bloodiest violence 50 years on
Hong Kong (AFP) May 4, 2017
Hong Kong is unrecognisable now from the city which 50 years ago was the scene of bloody riots, fuelled by resentment of colonial rule and inspired by the Cultural Revolution unfolding in China. But although memories of the bomb-strewn chaos of 1967 have faded, the city is facing a new era of turbulence as democracy activists take on Beijing and many ordinary residents still struggle to mak ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 3, 2017
12 dead in tunnel blast in southwest China
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
Carrier drone system undergoing testing
Washington (UPI) May 4, 2017
The Unmanned Carrier Mission Control System, or UMCS, reached its first phase of testing on April 11. The program evaluated its software, communications, and advance electro-optical camera. The project is designed to be used in drone operations for reconnaissance and refueling operations for future systems. According to the Naval Air Systems Command, the testing was conducted primarily ... more
Washington (UPI) May 4, 2017
Fire Scout helicopter drone to receive software, radar upgrade
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
Dutch production facility opens for Predator B landing gear
Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017
Lockheed flies long-range endurance test flights of Fury unmanned aircraft
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 DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
NASA Seeks 'FabLab' Concepts for In-Space Manufacturing
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 05, 2017
NASA Awards $100,000 in First Printing Stage of 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge
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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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