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May 22, 2017
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NRL Tests Autonomous 'Soaring with Solar' Concept



Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Their research investigates the presence of solar photovoltaics (PV) to the cooperative autonomous soaring techniques, which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that use the power of the Sun. The Solar Photovoltaic and Autonomous Soaring Base Program and the U.S. Marine C ... read more

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EU SmartFlex project finishes reference solar facade
Vilnius, Lithuania (SPX) May 22, 2017
The EU-supported "SmartFlex Solarfacades" project has successfully completed the test operation of its referece solar facade. A glass facade featuring a wide range of semi-transparent solar modules ... more
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InnoEnergy-backed Solaris Offgrid raises 1M Euro to tackle global electricity poverty
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) May 22, 2017
Solaris Offgrid, the pay-as-you-go solar energy solutions provider working to improve access to electricity across rural populations, has raised more than 1M euros to fund R adn D and grow into new ... more
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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 ... 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


Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

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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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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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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



Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with a petroleum-based production pipeline that has been perfected over the course of decades. Winning that competition - or at least leveling the economic playing field - require ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
University Park PA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A full life cycle assessment of second-generation biofuels
Virtual top hats allow swarming robots to fly in tight formation
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a team of free-flying robots that obeys the two rules of the air: don't collide or undercut each other. They've also built autonomous blimps that recognize hand gestures and detect faces. Both projects will be presented at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) May 29 - June 3 in Singapore. In the fi ... more
Tampa FL (SPX) May 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin exoskeleton helps soldiers carry heavy gear
San Diego CA (SPX) May 23, 2017
3-D-printed, soft, four legged robot can walk on sand and stone
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2017
GE Appliances to get Google voice control option
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
China's JAC says electric car tie-up with VW approved
Shanghai (AFP) May 22, 2017
China's JAC Motors said on Monday it had received government approval for a $734 million joint venture with Volkswagen to produce 100,000 electric cars per year. Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker, is also the market leader in China. It sold four million cars in the country last year but only a few hundred of them were "green" despite rapid growth in electric vehicle sales in China. ... more
Singapore (AFP) May 19, 2017
Singapore car 'vending machine' dispenses with tradition
Detroit (AFP) May 15, 2017
GM announces drive for sustainable rubber
San Francisco (AFP) May 15, 2017
Judge curbs Uber engineer in trade secrets case
Advancing next-generation Stable, safe, smart, sustainable batteries
Beijing, China (SPX) May 22, 2017
Next-generation rechargeable batteries are promising candidates for state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries owing to their high energy density and preferred cost efficiency. For instance, Lithium-sulfur batteries, which are featured by their theoretically 10 times higher capacity and 5 times higher energy density, are reviving in both the academic and the industry. Shu Lei Chou and colleagues fro ... more
East Lansing MI (SPX) May 23, 2017
How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker
Kobe, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017
Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Better cathode materials for lithium-sulphur-batteries
Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover
Geneva (AFP) May 21, 2017
The Swiss voted Sunday in favour of a massive overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources. A full 58.2 percent of Swiss voters supported the shift, according to a final tally after Sunday's referendum, with only four of the country's 26 cantons voting "no". The move has been in the making since shortly a ... more
Paris, France (SPX) May 22, 2017
Hungary: AREVA NP awarded contract for safety IC modernization at Paks Nuclear Power Plant
New Delhi (AFP) May 17, 2017
India to build 10 domestic nuclear power reactors
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2017
Japan restarts another reactor
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China further opens energy sector to private investment
Beijing (AFP) May 22, 2017
China said it will further open up its oil and gas sector to private investment as it seeks to overhaul an industry still dominated by a handful of state-run firms. The plan comes as China, the world's biggest energy guzzler, attempts to ramp up domestic oil and gas production to boost its supply of the vital resources. The country is heavily reliant on energy imports as domestic produ ... more
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated over the last decade, according to a study published May 17, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Peter Leimgruber from Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, United States of America; Ned Horning from American Museum of Natural History, United States of America; and colleagues. Due to its long political and economic is ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Solving the mystery of the white oak
Calabar, Nigeria (AFP) May 16, 2017
The superhighway threatening Nigeria's tropical rainforest
Montreal (AFP) May 16, 2017
Greenpeace says Canadian forestry lawsuit aims to silence critics
Monash researchers uncover new gravitational wave characteristics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Monash researchers have identified a new concept - 'orphan memory' - which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was published recently in Physical Review Letters. Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that cataclysmic cosmic explosions stretch the fabric of spacetime. The stretching of spacetime ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
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
Internet of things made simple: One sensor package does work of many
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Ubiquitous sensors seem almost synonymous with the internet of things (IoT), but some Carnegie Mellon University researchers say ubiquitous sensing - with a single, general purpose sensor for each room - may be better. The plug-in sensor package they've developed monitors multiple phenomena in a room, including things such as sounds, vibration, light, heat, electromagnetic noise and temper ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) May 23, 2017
Ultrafast tunable semiconductor metamaterial created
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Engaging diamond for next-era transistors
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Managing stress helps transistor performance
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Ozone and haze pollution weakens land carbon uptake in China
Beijing, China (SPX) May 19, 2017
Toxic air pollution is a serious side effect of the rapid economic development in China. While it is widely recognized that air pollutants adversely affect human health and climate change, their impacts on the regional carbon balance are less well understood. Ozone reduces plant photosynthesis directly through stomatal uptake. Atmospheric aerosols often benefit plant photosynthesis through ... more
Hobart, Australia (SPX) May 23, 2017
37 million bits of litter on remote islands
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary
Hong Kong (AFP) May 19, 2017
Divided by age, wealth and politics, the people of Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its transfer from Britain back to China with contrasting emotions: anger and pessimism, pride and celebration. The semi-autonomous city still enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland, but in recent years there has been increasing unrest. There have been rallies for democratic reform and an indep ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
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
Exploring underground with a colliding drone
Paris (ESA) May 22, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map. ESA has been testing equipment, techniques and working methods for missions with astronauts in inner space for many years. Delving inside Earth and exploring caves often parallels the exploration of outer space, from a la ... more
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Drone to replace Israeli manned maritime patrol aircraft
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
General Atomics receives MQ-9 contract
London (AFP) May 16, 2017
UK prison moves to stop drone deliveries of contraband
Entropy landscape sheds light on quantum mystery
Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2017
By precisely measuring the entropy of a cerium copper gold alloy with baffling electronic properties cooled to nearly absolute zero, physicists in Germany and the United States have gleaned new evidence about the possible causes of high-temperature superconductivity and similar phenomena. "This demonstration provides a foundation to better understand how novel behaviors like high-temperatu ... more
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2017
3D-printed maritime propeller on way
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 23, 2017
HPC4MfG paper manufacturing project yields first results
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) May 19, 2017
Adhesive behavior of self-constructive materials measured for first time
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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
Molecular Lego for nanoelectronics
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
The ability to assemble electronic building blocks consisting of individual molecules is an important objective in nanotechnology. An interdisciplinary research group at Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) is now significantly closer to achieving this goal. The team of researchers headed by Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier, Prof. Dr. Milan Kivala and Prof. Dr. Andreas Gorling has ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Nanophysics: Saving energy with a spot of silver
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Scientists print nanoscale imaging probe onto tip of optical fiber
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale


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