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May 18, 2017
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A record year for Swedish leading solar energy technology provider Midsummer



Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) May 18, 2017
Midsummer has presented a record result for 2016. Revenues nearly doubled and profits increased, due to several new orders for the company's DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system. 2016 was an eventful and successful year for Midsummer, filled with several new orders for its compact thin film solar cell manufacturing system DUO. In its Annual Report for 2016, the company announces sales revenues of 60 MSEK, up by nearly 100 percent from the previous year, and an annual profit of 10 MSEK. To ... read more

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Beaumont Solar Announces the Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit to Solar Industry
New Bedford MA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Beaumont Solar has announced their Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit. The rush to meet certain tax incentives and regulatory deadlines demands such a process that delivers on-time, on-budget performanc ... more
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Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution. Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternati ... more
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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 ... 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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Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar cells are slowly becoming more efficient. But the newest, most promising light-absorbing material used in solar cells, organic lead halide perovskites, doesn't last very long. After just a few days, it can lose its efficiency advantages. ... more
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Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. ... 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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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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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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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



Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced
College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In addition to sequencing the genome, ... more
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
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
GE Appliances to get Google voice control option
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2017
GE Appliances announced a deal with Google Wednesday enabling the US tech giant's voice control home hub to be used for cooking, cleaning and other functions. The deal enables GE's "Geneva" to communicate with the Google Assistant, so users can say: "Ok Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes." The announcement comes nearly a year after GE Appliances unveiled a simil ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2017
Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Cornell University and Duke University is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown ... more
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
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
GM announces drive for sustainable rubber
Detroit (AFP) May 15, 2017
General Motors said Monday it was moving toward sustainable rubber production for the cars and trucks it produces every year, reducing contributions to deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America. Steven Kiefer, senior vice president for global purchasing and supply chain, said the move would push the auto industry and its supply chain towards "net-zero deforestation." The new pol ... more
San Francisco (AFP) May 15, 2017
Judge curbs Uber engineer in trade secrets case
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) May 17, 2017
Volvo says may pull brake on diesel engines
San Francisco (AFP) May 12, 2017
Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute
Mini heat engine could power tomorrow's tiny machines
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
In the future, tiny thermal engines could power nanoscale machinery and quantum computers. Researchers demonstrated the potential of miniaturized heat engines using a theoretical model. "Heat engines are devices that turn thermal energy into a useful form known as 'work,'" Ahsan Nazir, a research fellow at the University of Manchester, said in a news release. "Besides being of immense p ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Chicago IL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Understanding of superconductor's 'normal' state may help solve longstanding puzzle
India to build 10 domestic nuclear power reactors
New Delhi (AFP) May 17, 2017
India on Wednesday said it will develop 10 domestically-built heavy water reactors to increase its nuclear power capacity, as it looks to ramp up clean energy generation. The federal cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the plan to built the pressurised heavy water reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts, more than double the country's current atomic power ge ... more
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2017
Japan restarts another reactor
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) May 18, 2017
Coatings for nuclear fuel preventing explosions in reactors, developed at TPU
Johannesburg (AFP) May 13, 2017
South Africa to restart nuclear power plans
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
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
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
The superhighway threatening Nigeria's tropical rainforest
Calabar, Nigeria (AFP) May 16, 2017
When bulldozers rolled into their forest at the start of last year, the Ekuri community in southeast Nigeria protested: "Indigenes say no!" They didn't want a superhighway that would wipe their ancestral lands in the Cross River National Park off the map. Under pressure, the earthmovers left to do their work elsewhere. But community spokesman Martin Egot said: "They destroyed all th ... more
Montreal (AFP) May 16, 2017
Greenpeace says Canadian forestry lawsuit aims to silence critics
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration
Knoxville TN (SPX) May 11, 2017
Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
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
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Achieving near-perfect optical isolation using opto-mechanical transparency
Champaign IL (SPX) May 17, 2017
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new level of optical isolation necessary to advance on-chip optical signal processing. The technique involving light-sound interaction can be implemented in nearly any photonic foundry process and can significantly impact optical computing and communication systems. "Low-loss optical isolators are critical ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2017
Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers
Espoo, Finland (SPX) May 12, 2017
Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered
Lexington KY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Materials research creates potential for improved computer chips and transistors
Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found. The study, just published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, points out that low hedges reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles in cityscapes where there are large buildings close to roads, ... more
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
Miami (AFP) May 15, 2017
Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island
Antofagasta, Chile (AFP) May 15, 2017
Mining brings Chile city riches -- and fear of cancer
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China has freed a prominent human rights lawyer on bail, Amnesty International said Wednesday, after he admitted to his crimes in what critics called a show trial. Xie Yang, who had worked on cases considered politically sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in the so-called "709 crackdown" in 2015. He pleaded guilty Monday ... 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 8, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state
UK prison moves to stop drone deliveries of contraband
London (AFP) May 16, 2017
A British prison will install anti-drone technology to stop contraband being smuggled through the skies, the jail's governor told AFP on Tuesday. The Channel Island of Guernsey is installing an "invisible dome" above its prison to stop mobile phones, drugs and weapons being smuggled in, governor David Matthews said. "Many prison governors are struggling with the drones. The problem is yo ... more
Taurene, Latvia (AFP) May 12, 2017
Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first
Dallas TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up "Airbus Aerial"
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
U.S. Army awards contract for extended range drone
Three-dimensional direction-dependent force measurement at the subatomic scale
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 17, 2017
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is an extremely sensitive technique that allows us to image materials and/or characterize their physical properties on the atomic scale by sensing the force above material surfaces using a precisely controlled tip. However, conventional AFM only provides the surface normal component of the force (the Z direction) and ignores the components parallel to the surface (t ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Materials bend as they 'breathe' under high temperatures
Washington (AFP) May 16, 2017
HP Enterprise unveils computer 'for era of Big Data'
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2017
"Airbus Friedrichshafen: new satellite hub lays groundwork for the future"
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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 print nanoscale imaging probe onto tip of optical fiber
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day. The high-throughput fabrication technique opens the door for the widespread adoption of this and other nano-optical st ... more
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
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


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