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May 08, 2017
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First test flight of stratospheric solar plane



Payerne, Switzerland (AFP) May 5, 2017
The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday. The SolarStratos, a super-light, sleek, white two-seater aircraft with long wings covered with solar panels, took off from Payerne at 8:00 am (0600 GMT), according to an AFP photographer at the airbase in western Switzerland. "The maiden flight of the prototype ... went off without a hitch," the SolarStratos team said in a statement. Pilot Damian Hischier took the craft ... read more

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How photosynthetic cells deal with a lack of iron
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) May 08, 2017
International researchers working in collaboration with Professor Wolfgang R. Hess and Dr. Jens Georg, both from the University of Freiburg's Faculty of Biology, have discovered a small RNA molecule ... more
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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 ne ... 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


Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency

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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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Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same t ... 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



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
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
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
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
Stockholm (AFP) May 5, 2017
Chinese carmaker Geely to be largest Saxo shareholder
Berlin (AFP) May 2, 2017
Germany's Bosch sells subsidiary to China's ZMJ
Beirut (AFP) April 30, 2017
Bike-sharing launched in congested Beirut
NRL breakthrough enables safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries
Washington DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Chemistry Division have developed a safer alternative to fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, which were recently banned for some applications on Navy ships and other military platforms. Joseph Parker, Jeffrey Long, and Debra Rolison from NRL's Advanced Electrochemical Materials group are leading an effort to create an entire family of ... more
London, UK (SPX) May 03, 2017
Revolutionary method reveals impact of short circuits on battery safety
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) May 03, 2017
New breakthrough in battery charging technology
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Super P carbon black for reversible lithium and sodium ion storage
UAE delays launch of first nuclear reactor until 2018
Abu Dhabi (AFP) May 5, 2017
The United Arab Emirates on Friday delayed the start-up of its first nuclear reactor until next year for further safety checks because regulators have not yet granted an operating licence. The reactor, one of four being built at the $20-billion Barakah plant west of Abu Dhabi by a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), had been due to begin operating this year. But UAE nuc ... more
Kiev (AFP) April 30, 2017
Ukraine clings to nuclear power despite Chernobyl trauma
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
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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
Warsaw (AFP) May 5, 2017
Poland EU row over ancient forest heats up
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 4, 2017
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 5, 2017
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
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
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
Oslo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
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
UN slams Chinese rights lawyer's detention
Beijing (AFP) May 5, 2017
The United Nations' human rights office condemned Friday the detention of a Chinese attorney while he was vacationing with his family, calling it part of an "ongoing crackdown" against lawyers. "We are deeply troubled that on Wednesday May 3, defence lawyer Chen Jiangang and his family were reportedly taken by police while they were travelling in Yunnan province," the UN High Commissioner fo ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 4, 2017
Hong Kong remembers bloodiest violence 50 years on
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
US Air Force Space Shuttle X-37B Finally Unmasked
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2017
The mysterious X-37B has ended its fourth mission, and for the first time on this flight, it has been officially unmasked. Gliding swiftly to a daylight landing at the Kennedy Space Centre after 718 days in orbit, boffins have been rewarded with detailed images and video of the robot spaceplane. That's been typical of previous missions, but it's a major unmasking for this flight. The landi ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Newest Secret US Spacecraft Returns to Earth After Over 700 Days in Space
Washington (UPI) May 4, 2017
Carrier drone system undergoing testing
Washington (UPI) May 5, 2017
U.S. Army grants contract for pneumatic drone, target launchers
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
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
Sussex UK (SPX) May 08, 2017
Shape-changing fog screen invented
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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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