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August 16, 2017
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ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany



Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB has received an order of around $30 millon from the Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT, to supply a stabilization solution that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. Germany's "Energiewende" energy transition roadmap aims for a renewable energy target of at least 80 percent by 2050. The contribution of wind and solar to the energy mix is progressing rapidly and now accounts ... read more

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New method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Design and nanomanufacturing have collided inside of a Northwestern University laboratory. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has used mathematics and machine learning to design an optim ... more
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Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Nanochemistry meets macrostructures: Chinese scientists report the synthesis of a macroscopic aerogel from carbonitride nanomaterials which is an excellent catalyst for the water-splitting reaction ... more
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Solar glasses generate solar power
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight - and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized ... 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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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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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. ... more
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India facing renewable energy challenges
Washington (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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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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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
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India's ageing trains get green makeover with solar panels
New Delhi (AFP) July 19, 2017
India has added solar panels to the roof of a train in a national first as it tries to reduce its massive carbon footprint and modernise its vast colonial-era rail network. ... more



Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert CO2 into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms - a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil. "The results were qu ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, reports it successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for NASA's Restore-L mission to provide satellite servicing in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). With the completion of the PDR, Restore-L is proceeding on schedule to the next phase of development and its launch in 2020. As announced las ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines. Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that's invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using thermal imaging to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
Uber board spat over ex-chief Kalanick goes public
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
A bitter fight over control of Uber has intensified in recent days with warring factions battling over the future role, if any, of ousted chief executive Travis Kalanick at the global rideshare titan. On Monday, a major investor fired off a message to Uber employees explaining why it filed suit last week against founder Kalanick, accusing him of covering misdeeds while rigging the board in o ... more
New York (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Shares of Fiat Chrysler surge on report of Chinese suitors
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Electric vehicles to eat into global oil demand by 6 million barrels
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Czech Republic aims for nation-wide vehicle charging points
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
How can scientists protect the structures that house fusion reactors? Scientists in Belgium have showed that vapor clouds of liquid metal can successfully reflect heat during extreme temperature flux. Today, fusion energy is only an ambitious idea. Researchers continue to build and test fusion reactors, but self-sustaining fusion has not yet been achieved. Still, some scientists ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st century. That is the conclusion of a new study from the University of California, San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which used data ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
RWE optimistic for 2017, boosted by nuclear tax refund
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
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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
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
The report finds that hydraulic failure, which is the inability of a plant to move water from roots to leaves to be almost universally present when trees died, while carbon starvation was a contributing factor roughly half of the time. "Droughts are increasing in frequency and severity, and their impact on plants and humans, is becoming more intense," says research co-author, Dr Melanie Ze ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Payments to rural communities offer a new opportunity to restore China's native forests
Brussels (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
EU demands Polish 'reassurance' over 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
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. These carbon nanotube quantum light emitters may be important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, while also being of significant interest for ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A semiconductor that can beat the heat
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
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Tunisian beachside town fights industrial pollution
Gabes, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Next to a palm grove, a blackish mud flows into the sea. After years of living with industrial pollution, residents of Tunisia's Gabes are fighting back. Close to the Chott Essalem beach and in front of a rare coastal oasis, the state-owned Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) has been processing phosphate since the 1970s. The authorities say the plant pumps 14,000 tonnes of phosphogypsum into ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
The ashes of China's late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo were buried at sea on Saturday, depriving his supporters of a place to pay tribute to the pro-democracy dissident. Officials showed a video in which his wife, Liu Xia, and relatives lowered a white round urn into the water off the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, two days after the democracy advocate died of liver cancer aged 61 while i ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Anger over calls to limit air-con for Hong Kong maids
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy supporter says 'abducted' by Chinese agents
Phnom Penh (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Hundreds of Cambodian maids to work in Hong Kong
Balloons and drones and clouds
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before. In addition to providing more precise data for weather and climate models, being able to effectively operate UASs in the Arctic is important fo ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
DJI announces pending fix for drones following Army ban
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Iran drone flies close to US carrier in Gulf: Pentagon
Tehran (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Iran rejects US claims of unsafe drone flight in Gulf
Archinaut Project conducts first large-scale 3D build in space-like environment
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Archinaut, a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) project developing cutting-edge technology to build and assemble complex hardware and supersized structures on demand in space, achieved an unprecedented milestone this summer. "To our knowledge, this is the first time additive manufacturing has been successfully tested on such a large scale in the vacuum and temperature conditions o ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Nature provides a key to repelling liquids
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Heat-conducting plastic could lead to lighter electronics, cars
Menlo Park, CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Scientists watch 'artificial atoms' assemble into perfect lattices with many uses
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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
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?


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