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May 11, 2017
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Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid



Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization. Power production from multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can provide localized energy security. In a new paper published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, an interdi ... read more

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New technology generates power from polluted air
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) May 11, 2017
Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device ... more
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New device turns dirty air into energy
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
A team of Belgian scientists have developed a new device capable of generating power while cleaning polluted air. ... more
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Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 09, 2017
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller ... more
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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. ... 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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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



New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water. However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good ... more
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
San Diego CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
Chefs, robotics engineers, sailboat racers team up to tackle lionfish problem
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Lionfish populations are rapidly expanding along the East Coast of the United States and in the Caribbean, decimating native species and depleting the ecological diversity surrounding already vulnerable coral reefs. A variety of groups are working on curbing the spread of the invasive species, but a pair of conservation teams are taking a unique problem-solving approach - an approach t ... more
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 04, 2017
Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea. Over the next 15 years, the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 kilometres (53 miles) off the northern coast of The Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5 million people. At full winds the windpark has a gene ... more
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Building Energy celebrates the beginning of operations and electricity generation of its first wind farm
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
Graphane could act as efficient and water-free hydrogen fuel cell membrane
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 09, 2017
Hydrogen powered fuel cell cars, developed by almost every major car manufacturer, are ideal zero-emissions vehicles because they produce only water as exhaust. However, their reliability is limited because the fuel cell relies upon a membrane that only functions in when enough water is present, limiting the vehicle's operating conditions. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swan ... more
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 11, 2017
New model of plasma stability could help researchers predict and avoid disruptions
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Can the motion of checking your smartwatch charge it?
Washington DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
NRL breakthrough enables safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries
Tunnel collapse at US nuclear site raises safety concerns
Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
The collapse of a tunnel at the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the United States has raised safety concerns at such facilities described by some as ticking time bombs. Workers on Wednesday began plugging a hole in the collapsed tunnel at the Hanford Site in the western state of Washington, where an emergency was declared the previous day and thousands of workers were placed on lockd ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Plutonium research to aid nuclear cleanup techniques
Moscow (Sputnik) May 09, 2017
EU Plans to Hand Over Control of Euratom Nuclear Waste on UK Soil to London
Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
Tunnel collapses at US nuke site, no radiation leak
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Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
A major Australian power grid operator was Thursday partially leased to a local-foreign consortium in a multi-billion-dollar deal, ending an international chase for electricity assets being privatised to raise funds for infrastructure projects. Australia's largest state New South Wales has sought to privatise three large power assets - TransGrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy - but faced ro ... more
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
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
Knoxville TN (SPX) May 11, 2017
Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations
Warsaw (AFP) May 5, 2017
Poland EU row over ancient forest heats up
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 5, 2017
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Einstein's theory of gravity, also referred to as General Relativity, predicts that a rotating body such as the Earth partially drags inertial frames along with its rotation. In a study recently published in EPJ Plus, a group of scientists based in Italy suggests a novel approach to measuring what is referred to as frame dragging. Angela Di Virgilio of the National Institute of Nuclear Phy ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 03, 2017
Scientists Find Giant Wave Rolling Through the Perseus Galaxy Cluster
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
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Hybrid heterostructures with programmable potentials
Cambridge UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
Stacking thin layers of graphene and related materials (GRMs) leads to heterostructure devices with a variety of different electronic and optical properties, which can be tailored by careful design of the stack. Now, researchers from the Graphene Flagship have added a new option for tailoring the electronic properties, using molecular monolayers to create controllable periodic potentials on the ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 10, 2017
'Persistent photoconductivity' offers new tool for bioelectronics
Raleigh, NC (SPX) May 05, 2017
Hybrid circuits can increase computational power of chaos-based systems
Stanford CA (SPX) May 04, 2017
A new wave of electronics that's flexible, organic and biodegradable
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Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas
Fort Collins CO (SPX) May 09, 2017
Protected areas in the United States, representing 14 percent of the land mass, provide places for respite, recreation, and natural resource conservation. However, noise pollution poses novel threats to these protected areas, according to a first-of-its-kind study from scientists at Colorado State University and the U.S. National Park Service. Researchers found that noise pollution was twi ... more
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) May 7, 2017
Human rights, environment activist killed in Mexico
Oslo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
London (AFP) May 5, 2017
Britain publishes long-awaited air pollution plan
Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
A leading Chinese human rights lawyer went on trial Monday for inciting subversion, in a case which sparked an international outcry after claims he was tortured. Xie Yang, who had worked on numerous cases considered politically sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in summer 2015. The "709 crackdown" - named after the date ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China lawyer's wife seeks US asylum after brazen escape
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China wants its anthem sung, but maybe not at parties
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
Lockheed Martin introduces quiet, lightweight variant of Indago drone
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Lockheed Martin is touting its newest variant of the Indago quadrotor drone for sensitive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Indago 3's Enhanced ISR capability comes with the addition of TrellisWare Technologies MANET software, Lockheed Martin said. "Indago 3 gives our customers a quiet, durable, long-range system to complete sensitive operations with a small ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2017
US Air Force Space Shuttle X-37B Finally Unmasked
Kennedy Space Center FL (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Newest Secret US Spacecraft Returns to Earth After Over 700 Days in Space
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
US drone back on Earth after nearly two years in space
First luminescent molecular system with a lower critical solution temperature
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 02, 2017
Depending on their solubility, solids can completely dissolve in liquids to form clear solutions, or form suspensions that still contain undissolved solid. Solutions of polymers often have a lower critical solution temperature; only below this temperature is the polymer completely soluble at all concentrations. However, it is rare for non-polymeric mixtures to have a lower critical solutio ... more
Strathclyde UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missions
University Park PA (SPX) May 10, 2017
Stenciling with atoms in 2-dimensional materials possible
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 10, 2017
High temperature step-by-step process makes graphene from ethene
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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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