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September 22, 2017
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Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits



Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Over the past half-century, scientists have shaved silicon films down to just a wisp of atoms in pursuit of smaller, faster electronics. For the next set of breakthroughs, though, they'll need novel ways to build even tinier and more powerful devices. A study led by UChicago researchers, published Sept. 20 in Nature, describes an innovative method to make stacks of semiconductors just a few atoms thick. The technique offers scientists and engineers a simple, cost-effective method to make thin, uni ... read more

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NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those hi ... more
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Chinese solar panel manufacturer claims a quarter of India's market
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese renewable power company Trina Solar said it now claims a quarter of the market share in India after setting a milestone for shipments. ... more
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French company Total steps into solar energy market
(UPI) Sep 19, 2017
In an announcement ahead of the French president's speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Total said it took a greater stake in a renewable power company. ... more
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SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners ... more
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Dubai awards contract for final phase of solar park
Dubai (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
The Gulf desert emirate of Dubai on Saturday announced the award of a $3.8-billion contract for the final phase of a solar park aimed at generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030. ... more
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8 GW of solar now managed by GreenPowerMonitor
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
DNV GL has announced a key milestone with GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) providing monitoring, control and asset management solutions for 10 uber-large PV energy power plants in production globally. The to ... more
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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. ... 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


New records for the solar cell of tomorrow

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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



New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution. Completely compostable, the material - a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex - is comprised of nearly equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A new way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
How well electron transport works in furfural biogas
Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm. Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is ... more
Pisa, Italy (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Robot 'conductor' steals the show from Italy's top tenor
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Quantum machine learning
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Sorting molecules with DNA robots
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
'Car nation' Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
German carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology. Curious visitors to the biennial trade fair, which lasts until September 24, can entrust their lives to a computer on a specially created car at a test track overlooked by Daimler and Volkswagen's giant st ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Dockless bike-share hits US capital, following craze in China
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Baidu announces $1.5 bln fund for autonomous driving
Beijing (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
GM to recall 2.5 mn vehicles in China over Takata airbags
More durable, less expensive fuel cells
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A team of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable, a breakthrough that could speed up the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. They describe their results in a paper published in Nature Communications on Monday, Sept. 4. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Under pressure from Brexit and the declining costs of renewable energy, Britain's nuclear industry is increasingly relying on supportive government policy to plough on with high-profile - and controversial - projects. With four big projects due for completion by 2025, the country is at the forefront of a global industry left shaken by the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear site in Japa ... more
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Russia's use and stockpiles of highly enriched uranium pose significant nuclear risks
Bloomington IN (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Discovery could reduce nuclear waste by chemically reengineering molecules
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports
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SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners to identify places where the electric grid is vulnerable to disruption, reinforce those spots in advance and recover faster when failures do occur. The eventual goal is an autonomous grid that s ... more
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
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
Invasive beetle pushing US ash trees to extinction: conservationists
Geneva (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
An invasive beetle has driven North America's most widespread ash tree towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, also warning of dramatic declines among several African antelope species. In an update to its "Red List" of threatened species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said six of North America's most prominent ash species were now "critically endangere ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Forest fires are not limited to hot or temperate climates
Davis CA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Earth's oldest trees in climate-induced race up the tree line
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Harvard report details the threats faced by New England forests
GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. On Sept. 3, one of 20 battery cells aboard the GRACE-2 satellite stoppe ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
Granting weightless wishes
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
Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in semiconducting material
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The re ... more
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The dark side of quantum computers
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US semiconductor firm
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Toshiba: Japan's faded titan selling the family silver
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Canada's Eldorado Gold to suspend investment in Greece
Athens (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Canada's Eldorado Gold announced early Monday it would suspend investment in mining operations in Greece due to what it said were delays by the Greek government in issuing permits. Despite repeated attempts by the company and its Greek subsidiary to talk to the government, "delays continue in issuing routine permits and licences for the construction and development of the Skouries and Olympi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley
Beijing (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street. But their community's days are numbered. Demolition crews will soon arrive to flatten its alleys packed with dilapidated, one-room dwellings as part of a city-wide ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Patten calls for dialogue in divided Hong Kong
Beijing (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
China cracks down on pyramid scams after deaths
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
New wave of leaders step into breach for jailed HK democracy activists
Drones can almost see in the dark
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times. While commercial drones solve this problem using GPS, this only works outdoors, and is not very reliable, especially in urban environments. Furthermore, the conventional cameras mounted on drones work only when there is a high amount of light available, and the drone's speed has to be limited o ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
Orlando, FL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
US Air Force Academy to Use VBS3 and VBS Fires for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Israel says shot down Iranian-made, Hezbollah-operated drone
Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear. Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Sheffield UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
'Overwatch' eSports league to debut in December
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Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats. In tests conducted with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command in August, the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) system brought down five 10.8' wingspan Outlaw un ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The world of nanosensors may be physically small, but the demand is large and growing, with little sign of slowing. As electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop. An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale ... more
Richland WA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle


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