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August 22, 2017
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Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaic devices



Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Sensitized solar cells consisting of a molecular or solid-state sensitizer that serves to collect light and inject an electron into a substrate that favors their migration are among the most studied photovoltaic systems at present. Despite its importance in determining the potential of a photovoltaic device, current methods for monitoring the interfacial electron transfer remain ambiguous. Now, using deep-ultraviolet continuum pulses, EPFL scientists have developed a substrate-specific method to d ... read more

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Midsummer receives two new orders for its DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Midsummer, a leading technology provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has received an order for two compact DUO solar cell manufacturing syst ... more
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The power of perovskite
Onna, Japan (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Originally a mineral, the perovskite used in today's technology is quite different from the rock found in the Earth mantle. A "perovskite structure" uses a different combination of atoms but keep th ... more
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China's solar panels shine spotlight on North Korea trade
Dandong, China (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Traders from North Korea visit Yuan Huan's shop in the Chinese border city of Dandong several times a month to place orders, bringing their own translators and wads of cash. ... more
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Floating solar power: new frontier for green-leaning water utilities
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: solar energy generation. ... more
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Work begins in carbon-free site in Dubai
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Panel manufacturer Trina Solar said operations have started at a small city in Dubai that gets all of its energy needs met entirely by renewable resources. ... more
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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 a ... 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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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



Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
It's 2050 and the world revolves around you. From the contents of your fridge to room temperature - digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android. Predictions for an AI-dominated future are increasingly common, but Antoine Blo ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
DARPA assured autonomy seeks to guarantee safety of learning-enabled autonomous systems
Sydney (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous networked unmanned vehicles
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa. In this gusty rural region near the Pacific coast, the wind is so strong it sometimes flips over cars and even trailer trucks. Lopez always considered it a curse, until an international energy company came along and said it wanted to build these 40-meter (13 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Merkel wants to 'restore trust' in diesel after scandal
Berlin (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that trust must be restored in diesel cars after the emissions cheating scandal and spoke out against plans to ban them from some inner cities. She said she was "angered" by German auto giants who in the "dieselgate" scandal either broke the law or used legal loopholes, but also pointed to the at least 800,000 jobs in the crucial industrial sector. ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Uber's ousted CEO calls investor lawsuit unfounded
Manila (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Uber bows to Philippines suspension after show of defiance
A quick and easy way to shut down instabilities in fusion devices
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built to create a "star in a jar." The findings, published in June in the journal Physical Review Letters, stem from experiments performed on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), at the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Phy ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
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
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned. But behind glass walls, in soundproof offices, engineers and physicists are putting the final touches to the Arab world's first nuclear programme. At the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in Abu Dhabi, dozens of employees are reviewing the 15,000-page application for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, scheduled to launch next ye ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
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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
Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age, according to a study published August 16, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Kohl from the Universitat Hamburg, Germany, and colleagues. Trees play an important role in mitigating climate change by storing carbon in their biomass. While old trees are generally acknowledged for their long-term carbon stora ... more
Warsaw, Poland (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
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
In Neptune, it's raining diamonds
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
In cooperation with colleagues from Germany and the United States, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have managed to demonstrate 'diamond showers' forming in the ice giants of our solar system. Using the ultra-strong X-ray laser and other facilities at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California, they simulated the conditions inside the cosmic giants. ... more
New York NY (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Single molecules can work as reproducible transistors - at room temperature
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
New ultrathin semiconductor materials exceed some of silicon's 'secret' powers
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
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Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Trees have the ability to capture and remove pollutants from the soil and degrade them through natural processes in the plant. It's a feat of nature companies have used to help clean up polluted sites, though only in small-scale projects. Now, a probiotic bacteria for trees can boost the speed and effectiveness of this natural cycle, providing a microbial partner to help protect trees from the t ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
Chinese crime writer arrested for murders 22 years ago
Beijing (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Life may be stranger than fiction for an award-winning Chinese crime writer who has been arrested in connection with a quadruple-homicide that took place more than two decades ago. For 22 years, police in eastern Zhejiang province tried to crack the cold case of how a family ended up dead in the guesthouse they ran. They filled stacks upon stacks of notepads with possible suspects and le ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed
London (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Outcry as UK publisher censors content for China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
China rights lawyer confesses in 'subversion' trial
Do video game players make the best unmanned pilots
Liverpool UK (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
New research from the University of Liverpool highlights the usefulness of Video Game Players (VGPs) as unmanned aircraft operators. The move to significant automation has been a feature of aviation over the last 40 years. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations, commonly known as a aircraft which are unmanned, have outpaced current training regimes resulting in a shortage of qualified UA ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Insitu receives contract for U.S. Navy Special Warfare ScanEagle support
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
U.S. military to buy counter-drone radars from RADA
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Mobile Force Protection Aims to Thwart Adversaries' Small Unmanned Aircraft
Cosmonauts launch 3D-printed satellite from space station
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
During a lengthy spacewalk on Thursday, Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy released five mini satellites by hand, including one made almost entirely of 3D-printed materials. Some new reports are claiming the satellite is the first built from 3D-printed components to be launched into space, but in June, NASA launched a cube satellite made almost entirely of 3D-pri ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NASA protects its super heroes from space weather
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Researchers use vacuum for hands-free patterning of liquid metal
Nottingham, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Surprise discovery in the search for energy efficient information storage
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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
How to move objects at the nanoscale
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
To move a nanoparticle on the surface of a graphene sheet, you won't need a "nano-arm": by applying a temperature difference at the ends of the membrane, the nanocluster laying on it will drift from the hot region to the cold one. In addition, contrary to the laws ruling the world at the macroscale, the force acting on the particle - the so-called thermophoretic force - should not decrease as th ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
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


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