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September 14, 2017
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Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early



Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
A U.S. solar power initiative enacted by former President Barack Obama reached a goal for cost competitiveness three years early, the government said. The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory said in a report that the cost to install solar power during the first quarter of the year reached a record low because of higher efficiencies, lower labor costs and the decline in the price for photovoltaic components. For utility-scale projects, those supplying energy to t ... read more

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Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the ri ... more
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Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
If you think you can use the solar panels on your roof to power your home during an outage, think again. During an outage, while your home remains connected to the grid, the devices that manage your ... more
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Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design from Stanford
Stanford CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists. In ... more
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New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CSEM and EPFL have taken an important symbolic step forward. Working together, they were able to demonstrate the high pot ... more
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NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the Ecole Polytechn ... more
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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. ... 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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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



How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Men build dams and huge turbines to turn the energy of waterfalls and tides into electricity. To produce hydropower on a much smaller scale, Chinese scientists have now developed a lightweight power generator based on carbon nanotube fibers suitable to convert even the energy of flowing blood in blood vessels into electricity. They describe their innovation in the journal Angewandte Chemie. ... more
Cardiff UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Scientists make methanol using air around us
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Orbital ATK Begins Assembly of Industry's First Commercial In-Space Satellite Servicing System
Dulles VA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Orbital ATK reports significant progress on the industry's first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The (MEV-1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% of the platform and payload components already delivered to the company's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will begin ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
NASA awards SSL new funding for Dragonfly on-orbit assembly program
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
New Japanese sniffs out smelly feet
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Chinese robotics artist makes real-life 'Transformers'
Light-based method makes remote wind measurements easier and more accurate
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR) that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed. The detailed, real-time wind measurements could help scientists to better understand how hurricanes form and provide information that meteorologists can use to pinpoint landfall earlier, giving people more time to prepa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Light-Based Method Improves Practicality and Quality of Remote Wind Measurements
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Texas makes wind energy strides
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
Waymo suit against Uber on road to trial
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Waymo's case against Uber over swiped self-driving car technology appeared headed for trial after an appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to steer it toward private arbitration. A US federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision that an arbitration contract with a former Waymo employee at the heart of the case did not apply to the legal battle between Uber and the self-driving car ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
US House passes bill to clear path for self-driving cars
New York (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Post-Harvey Houston faces a car crunch
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
VW aims to sell 1.5 mln electric cars in China by 2025
Army, UMD researchers develop water-based lithium-ion batteries that don't explode
Adelphi MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Maryland have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries. ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers devise a new way of producing hydrogen fuel
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Why US battery startups fail and how to fix it
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers develop new material for hydrogen storage
Finland's TVO challenges approval of Areva bailout
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Finnish utility TVO said Wednesday it would appeal the EU's approval of a bailout of Areva, saying it did not provide adequate guarantees the French nuclear giant would be able to complete construction of a reactor in Finland. Areva, together with German engineering group Siemens, has been building in Finland since 2005 what was meant to be a showcase of next-generation nuclear power, but wh ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Jacobs JV wins support contract for nuclear research center
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
PM opens country's fifth nuclear power plant
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power
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Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
The power it takes to bring a Boeing 747 from a resting state on the airport tarmac to speeding across the sky is enormous. The jet can continue in its active state for as long as its fuel lasts. A Frisbee, in contrast, takes far less energy to go airborne, but with no energy supply, it falls almost immediately. The same principle can be extended to the traditional power system and decentr ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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
Poland accuses EU's top court of bias in primeval forest case
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Poland on Wednesday accused the EU's top court of taking sides in a lawsuit lodged by the European Commission against it for logging in the Bialowieza Forest, Europe's last primeval woodland. Warsaw and the Commission argued their cases on Monday before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, where Poland is accused of commercial logging in the protected UNESCO World Heritage site ... more
Salem NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Hidden Inca treasure: Remarkable new tree genus discovered in the Andes
Abidjan (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report
Ithaca NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
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
Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US semiconductor firm
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked attempts by a Chinese state-owned firm to acquire an American semiconductor manufacturer on national security concerns, drawing a rebuke from Beijing. The acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a publicly-traded Oregon company, by Chinese-owned Canyon Bridge Fund could endanger the US government's use of sensitive products the company pr ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Toshiba: Japan's faded titan selling the family silver
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Flip-flop qubits: Radical new quantum computing design invented
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Researchers validate UV light's use in improving semiconductors
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UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
A UN report has slammed the UK for failing to tackle the "plague" of air pollution, while also warning of Brexit risks, ahead of the body's Human Rights Council opening Monday. "Air pollution continues to plague the United Kingdom," read the report by United Nations expert Baskut Tuncak, to be presented at the rights council in Geneva which runs until September 29. More than 40,000 prema ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
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) Sept 7, 2017
Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hanergy tycoon gets 8-year ban in Hong Kong
Atlas Dynamics Introduces Fixed Wing UAV with 5-Hour Flight Time, 150 Kilometer Operational Range
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics will display its new fixed wing UAV, the Atlas Blue-J, at InterDrone 2017. The Blue-J features a 3.5-meter wing span, four to six hours of flight time and a 150-kilometer operational range. Ideally suited for large-scale security and inspection missions, the fixed wing UAV can be operated in autonomous and semi-autonomous modes, including takeoff and landing. Made fully of c ... more
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics Unveils NEST Smart Protective Charging Station for Enhanced Performance of Atlas Pro Platform
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 08, 2017
X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Insitu receives $21M order for RQ-21A Blackjack drone parts
Two new satellites now operational to expand US space situational awareness
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, accepted two new satellites into operation Sept. 12 to expand their Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program's ability to characterize and track objects in space to support a neighborhood watch out in orbit. GSSAP provides enhanced space-based space situational awareness to improve the ability to rapidly det ... more
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
Ultrathin spacecraft will collect, deposit orbital debris
Chennai, India (IANS) Sep 12, 2017
192 Indian space objects currently in orbit
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New microscopy method for quick and reliable 3-D imaging of curvilinear nanostructures
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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
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
In Nature an international team of researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and the University of California - Santa Barbara presents an advanced quantum chip that will be able to provide definitive proof of the mysterious Majorana particles. These particles, first demonstrated in 2012, are their own antiparticle at one and the same time. The chip, whic ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
A more complete picture of the nano world
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
What the world's tiniest 'monster truck' reveals


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