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September 04, 2017
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Air pollution throws shade on India's solar success



Gandhinagar, India (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Air pollution is diminishing India's capacity to harness power from the sun, experts say, undermining billions being invested in renewables as the energy-hungry giant emerges as a solar superpower. New research has found the smog and dust that sickens millions across India every year is also sapping solar power generation by more than 25 percent, far beyond levels previously thought. In the first study of its kind, US and Indian scientists measured how man-made particles floating in the air and ... read more

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Solar hydrogen production by artificial leaves
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
The fossil fuel age is bound to end, for several strong reasons. As an alternative to fossil fuels, hydrogen seems very attractive. The gas has a huge energy density, it can be stored or processed f ... more
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Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. ... more
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Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
Atlanta GA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers at Georgia State University. During photosynthes ... more
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Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Photovoltaic conversion is regarded as the ultimate solution to the mankind's ever growing demand for energy, yet the traditional silicon-based solar cells are expensive to produce, and the producti ... more
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How 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanford's Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 colleagues is the most specific global vision yet, outlining infrastructure changes that 139 countries ca ... more
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Shape-shifters soak up sunshine
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
A crystalline material that changes shape in response to light could form the heart of novel light-activated devices. Perovskite crystals have received a lot of attention for their efficiency at con ... more
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A low-cost method for solar-thermal conversion that's simpler and greener
New York NY (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Researchers led by Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, along with colleagues at the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University and at Sta ... more
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More solar power thanks to titanium
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Earth-abundant, cheap metals are promising photocatalytic electrode materials in artificial photosynthesis. A team of Chinese scientists now reports that a thin layer of titania beneath hematite nan ... more
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Renewables could bring balance to India's economic growthw.
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
India, one of the world's fastest growing economies, could offset the strains of development through low-carbon efforts, an international energy report found. ... more
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Audi Cooperates with Alta Devices on Automobiles with Solar Roofs
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of solar-cell specialist, Hanergy Thin Film Power, plan to work together to integrate solar cells into panoramic glass roofs of Audi models. With this cooperation ... more


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Coronal Energy completes major solar installations on Department Of Defense property
Pensacola, FL (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, a leading independent power producer (IPP) and provider of turnkey renewable energy solutions, and Pensacola-headquartered energy provider Gulf Power have compl ... more
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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 ... 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



Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, says new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jiangnan University. That step? Bringing the heat. Nebraska's Yiqi Yang and colleagues found that raising the temperature of bio-plastic fibers to sev ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
How a bacterium can live on methanol
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Maryland-headquartered Robot provider Roboteam Inc. reports it has received new orders for its Micro Tactical Ground Robot to support U.S. and international military missions. The third-generation robot is an all-terrain system used for explosive ordnance disposal, and in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material missions and HAZMAT operations. Roboteam said the two ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
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Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
New emissions test necessary for new vehicles in the EU
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Starting Friday, all new car models in the European Union need to pass emissions tests in real driving conditions before they hit the road, commissioners said. The European Commission invited member states to examine emission issues after Volkswagen in 2015 was found to have used software to get around some pollution standards. In response, the commission introduced stricter and more ac ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
VW shares gain as dieselgate bullet dodged
Sao Paulom Brazil (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Nanoparticles pollution rises 30 percent when flex-fuel cars switch from bio to fossil
Worcester MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
Silicon solves problems for next-generation battery technology
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Silicon - the second most abundant element in the earth's crust - shows great promise in Li-ion batteries, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. By replacing graphite anodes with silicon, it is possible to quadruple anode capacity. In a climate-neutral society, renewable and emission-free sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, will become increasingly ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Recipe for safer batteries - Just add diamonds
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Physicists find strange state of matter in superconducting crystal
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
No batteries required: Energy-harvesting yarns generate electricity
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil signed 14 cooperative agreements on Friday, including on football and nuclear and hydro power, as embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer seeks to revive Latin America's largest economy. They were inked following Temer's meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of next week's BRICS summit. Temer, who has vigorously sought Chinese investment since taking offi ... more
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
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ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
A new way to finance the shift to low-carbon and sustainable development is necessary to support the rapid change in Asian economies, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank called for a so-called Green Finance Catalyzing Facility, which would be different from a fund in that it would include a blend of financing from the private sector. The bank, which has its headquarters i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Ancient trees reveal relationship between climate change, wildfires
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
New analysis of centuries-old trees in South America has revealed a strong correlation between wildfires and periods of warming. The history of Earth's climate features frequent fluctuations in global temperatures, including many periods of warming. In modern history, periods of warming have occurred more frequently - interrupted by shorter and shorter periods of more and more moderate ... more
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Greenpeace steps up protest against Polish forest logging
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Brazil's opening of Amazon to mining sets off alarm
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Annual value of trees estimated at 500 million dollars per megacity
Granting weightless wishes
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA this week helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights. Eight children from five ESA member states - UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy -boarded the converted Airbus A310 in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of the Kid's Weightless Dreams campaign organised by Novespace and Reves de Gosse. ... more
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
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
High-speed switching for ultrafast electromechanical switches and sensors
3Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Unlike the slow ferroelastic domain switching expected for ceramics, high-speed sub-microsecond ferroelastic domain switching and simultaneous lattice deformation are directly observed for the Pb(Zr0.4Ti0.6)O3 thin films. This exciting finding paves the way for high-frequency ultrafast electromechanical switches and sensors. Piezo micro electro mechanical systems (piezoMEMS) are miniaturiz ... more
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Conformal metasurface coating eliminates crosstalk and shrinks waveguides
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
High-tech electronics made from autumn leaves
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Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil's government said Thursday it has frozen attempts to license commercial mining in a huge natural reserve in the Amazon after a court decision put the controversial project on hold. Mining and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho "ordered a stop to all procedures having to do with eventual mineral rights" in the reserve in the eastern Amazon known as Renca, a statement from the minist ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Ghost cities haunt stability dream in far west China
Kashgar, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The future of economic development in China's far western Xinjiang region lies behind the shattered glass door of a welcome centre on the outskirts of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Inside, a dusty model depicts a modern urban development with wide, tree-lined boulevards and a pair of twin skyscrapers - but outside the project remains a ghost town reflecting Beijing's struggle to br ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Chinese Communist Party congress set for Oct 18: state media
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Widow of Chinese dissident Liu back in Beijing: NGO
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sour note: China bans parodies of national anthem
Air Force preparing to launch fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission
Washington (AFNS) Sep 01, 2017
The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office is undergoing final launch preparations for the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The OTV is scheduled to launch on Sept. 7, 2017, onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The fifth OTV mission continues to advance the X-37B's performance and flexibility as a space technology demonstrator and host platform for experimental payloads. ... more
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed pairs drone with counter-UAS system
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Drones relay RFID signals for inventory control
Rare-metals in the Himalayas: The potential world-class treasure
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Two sub-parallel belts, Cenozoic aged Himalayan leucogranite on the Tibetan Plateau, extend east to west over more than 1000 km, regarded as the largest granitic belts in the world. The diverse rare-metal mineralization was identified commonly related to these leucogranites. The Himalayan leucogranite is unique with petrolgoical characteristics similar to the well -known rare-metal granite ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Making 3-D printing safer
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Clamping down on causality by probing laser cavities
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DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. "With our state's unique expertise in directed energy work, this funding will jump start the deployment of this critical technology and bring more high-paying jobs to the state," said Heinrich, a member of ... more
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
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
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
When environmental and soil chemist Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began reading in 2014 that a new, two-dimensional material known as layered black phosphorous (BP) was gaining the attention of biomedical researchers for use in drug delivery systems and tumor photothermal therapy, he was both intrigued and concerned. "I am not only a soil chemist, but an environme ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
A more complete picture of the nano world
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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