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August 03, 2017
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Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly



Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
China is on pace to see its solar power capacity more than double by 2020 as component costs move lower, but at perhaps a cost, a sector analysis finds. Beijing issued a white paper last year, which stated the Communist Party of China is "committed to the concept of environment-friendly development." The paper stated that China has been at the forefront of the effort to infuse environmental protection with state policy, becoming the first country in the world to offer a sustainable development ... read more

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India facing renewable energy challenges
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
An effort in India, one of the world's strongest economies, to improve the renewable energy sector could face headwinds, Moody's Investors Service said. ... more
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World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
The World Bank said it was rolling out new mapping tools to help countries in the Pacific determine where best to develop solar energy. ... more
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A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Every day, enough sunlight hits the Earth to power the planet many times over - if only we could more efficiently capture all the energy. With today's solar panels limited by their efficiency ... more
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Schneider Electric India commissions 720 kWp solar plant at its manufacturing facility in Vadodara
Gujarat, India (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the commissioning of a 720 kWp capacity solar power project at its manufacturing facility in Vadodara, Gu ... more
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Study shows India can integrate 175 GW of renewable energy into its electricity grid
Golden CO (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India's grid ... more
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UNIST hits new world efficiency record with perovskite solar cells
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST finds key to produce a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency perform ... more
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A new optimization model could bring higher solar-power integration
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Solar power has been established as a source of mainstream power generation across the globe. With numerous installations of photovoltaic (PV) systems for residential homes at or near the distributi ... more
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Cubico completes acquisition of Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 concentrated solar power plants in Spain
London, UK (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited has acquired two operational Concentrated Solar Power plants in Granada, Spain, totalling 99.8MW from two international funds, Antin Infrastructure Partners an ... more
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Measure adds Aerial Solar Plant Inspections to Drone Services Portfolio
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Measure, a leading provider of drone services to enterprise customers, today launched new services for the solar energy industry with the introduction of a robust suite of drone inspection solutions ... more
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Solar Toolkit Developed to Help Municipalities Advance Solar Projects
Albany, NY (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed a Solar PILOT Toolkit to assist the state's municipalities in understanding and negotiating payment-in-lieu-of ta ... more


India's ageing trains get green makeover with solar panels

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More EU praise for progress on renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Renewable energy gives Portugal, which imports all of its oil and gas, a way to gain a degree of independence over its economy, a European energy official said. ... more
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NASA looks to solar eclipse to help understand Earth's energy system
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
It was midafternoon, but it was dark in an area in Boulder, Colorado on Aug. 3, 1998. A thick cloud appeared overhead and dimmed the land below for more than 30 minutes. Well-calibrated radiometers ... more
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Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells. The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United ... more
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Making two out of one
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
In view of climate change and the needs of the energy reform, it has become particularly important to significantly increase the efficiency of organic solar cells. In a process known as 'singlet fis ... more



Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that widespread use of biochar in agriculture could reduce health care costs, especially for those who live in urban areas close to farmland ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup
Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
With steely focus, player number 3 scored a stunning opening goal in the first few minutes of the high-stakes football match between a dominant Bordeaux and their plucky Chinese opponents. But as the crowds cheered, the pint-sized player, known as Arya, showed none of the customary swagger of triumphant strikers. In fact, robot number 3 and its teammates showed no emotion at all as they cont ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Designing soft robots: Ethics-based guidelines for human-robot interactions
Sydney (AFP) July 21, 2017
Australia's robo-footballers go for gold at world champs
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy projects under construction or advancing through the development sta ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
Volkswagen to refit 1 million more diesel cars in Germany
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 27, 2017
Carmaker Volkswagen said Thursday it would offer to refit almost a million more diesel cars in Germany to reduce harmful emissions, as the country's auto industry is racked by overlapping scandals. At an industry-government summit on August 2, Volkswagen "will offer to refit four million vehicles and thereby significantly reduce emissions" chief executive Matthias Mueller said after meeting ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
Los Angeles to have fully electric bus fleet by 2030
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 30, 2017
Is 'diesel summit' the last chance for Germany's favourite engine
Berlin (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Germany's car bosses bid to head off diesel ban with software patch
New chromium-based superconductor has an unusual electronic state
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
When certain materials are cooled below a critical temperature they become superconductors, with zero electrical resistance. An international research team observed an unusual electronic state in new superconductor chromium arsenide. This finding could prove useful in future superconductor research and material design. The study was published on June 5 in Nature Communications. These disco ... more
Jerusalem (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
First direct observation and measurement of ultra-fast moving vortices in superconductors
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
High-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction work on two nuclear power plants in the United States has been halted because of cost overruns, the companies behind them said. Santee Cooper, one of those firms, said that because of construction delays the two planned reactors in South Carolina could not come on line before 2024, four years behind schedule. This means only two nuclear plants are now in construction in the ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan
Paris (AFP) July 28, 2017
Nuclear contaminates earnings of France's EDF
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2017
Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor
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India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity
Columbia, MO (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
The past few decades have seen the rise of global incentive programs offering payments to landowners to help reduce tropical deforestation. Until now, assessments of these programs have largely overlooked decreases in forest diversity. In what might be a first of its kind study, University of Missouri researchers have integrated forest imaging with field-level inventories and landowner sur ... more
Port Moresby (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
US firms buying timber from illegal PNG logging: NGO
Brussels (AFP) July 31, 2017
Poland to keep logging in ancient forest: minister
Brussels (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A Montana State University gravitational physicist has received funding for a research project that aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe. NASA awarded $750,000 to Nicolas Yunes for his project "Exploring Extreme Gravity: Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves." Yunes is a founding member of the MSU eXtreme Gravity Institute, known as XGI, and an associate pro ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Thinking thin brings new layering and thermal abilities to the semiconductor industry
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
What would a simple technique to remove thin layers from otherwise thick, rigid semiconductor crystals mean for the semiconductor industry? This concept has been actively explored for years, as integrated circuits made on thin layers hold promise for developments including improved thermal characteristics, lightweight stackability and a high degree of flexibility compared to conventionally thick ... more
Fairport, NY (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Saelig introduces Sol Chip autonomous, solar-powered sensor station
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Hamburg researchers develop new transistor concept
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New catalysts remove 99 percent of BPA from water
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new class of catalysts that break down contaminants when combined with hydrogen peroxide. The catalysts are capable of removing 99 percent of bisphenol A from water. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a synthetic chemical commonly used in plastics manufacturing. Though many manufacturing companies have adopted BPA replacements, the chemical has contaminated waterways t ... more
Gunjur, Gambia (AFP) July 30, 2017
Pollution clouds Gambia's efforts to woo China
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
China police arrest 230 over pyramid scheme
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2017
Chinese police have arrested 230 members of a suspected pyramid scheme, a week after a rare demonstration in Beijing protesting a crackdown on the group. The scheme, known as Shanxinhui or "philanthropic exchange", is under investigation and the group's founder Zhang Tianming, along with several employees, was arrested earlier this month. But in an unusual display of public disobedience, ... more
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Gaborone, Botswana (AFP) July 25, 2017
Botswana confirms Dalai Lama visit despite China anger
Beijing (AFP) July 20, 2017
Chinese city leadership shake-up signals Xi power play
The flying kettle
Paris (ESA) Aug 01, 2017
A warm meal was quickly delivered by a drone from an ESA business incubator start-up to the last inhabitant in a remote village in Portugal. "Even if the village is not far away, it takes a driver by car over half an hour to deliver the meal to Joaquim Reis in Podentinhos and come back due to bad and unpaved roads. Our drone arrived in just three minutes, without the need of a pilot," expl ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Insitu receives contract for Afghan ScanEagle UAS services
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Special focus on formation control of unmanned systems
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
AeroVironment supplying small UAS to Australia
Scientists announce the quest for high-index materials
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
In order to send, receive, and process electromagnetic signals, antennas are used. An antenna is a device capable of effectively transmitting, picking up, and redirecting electromagnetic radiation. Typically, one thinks of antennas as macroscopic devices operating in the radio and microwave range. However, there are similar optical devices (Fig. 1). The wavelengths of visible light amount to sev ... more
London, UK (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Spacepath Communications and Datum Systems announce strategic partnership
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
NASA-Developed Technologies Showcased on Dellingr's Debut Flight
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Making polymer chemistry 'click'
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'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
It's been a "dynamic year" for Army space and missile defense, with a multi-domain task force being formed, a new nanosatellite set to launch soon, and more powerful laser weapons in the works, said Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson. Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials that could open a new path to the next generation of everyday electronic devices. The new research, published July 28 in Science, is expected to make such materials easily available for eventual use in everything from LED displays to cellular phones to photod ... more
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
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